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BREAKING: CB Shatar McClay talks surprise commitment to Tennessee

Tennessee added its second 2018 pledge in as many days, as 3-star Clarksville cornerback Shatar McClay committed to the Vols on Thursday.

"Man, it's my home team. They gave me my first offer," McClay told Volquest.

"They've been very supportive through this whole entire recruiting process. I'm just staying home. Putting on Tennessee."

McClay was offered by former Tennessee secondary coach Willie Martinez, but was recruited by area coach Walt Wells.

"I love the coaching staff. Butch Jones. I love him to death," he said.

"Tennessee, the atmosphere. It's great. I feel like it's the best place for me to play college football."

McClay also held offers from Western Kentucky, Kentucky and Indiana, with interest from from South Carolina, Oregon and others.

McClay is an athletic cornerback who said his strengths are "toughness and leadership."

"I'm very competitive," McClay said.

McClay has never been on campus but hopes to make his first visit for the spring game next weekend. He also plans to build on his relationship with new Tennessee secondary coach Charlton Warren.

"Me and him talked a few times," he said.

"I think he's a good coach. We'll be able to build on a better relationship now that I'm finally committed."

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