Really, there are two names that come to mind when it comes to the Tennessee Vols.
First, there's defensive tackle Matthew Butler, who was listed as ESPN RecruitingNation's No. 61 DT in the 2017 class. Next, you have Solon Page III, who was listed as the No. 53 safety, but will likely play linebacker for the Vols.
Both are at positions of need and both are flying into Knoxville way under the radar as three-star prospects.
But when you look at Butler, you can't help but wonder if he's someone the recruitniks missed on during their evaluations. Every major recruiting service had him listed him as a three-star prospect and when you're playing at around 285 inside, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. But the kid has some wiggle and speed inside. He's also played a little offense in his day, too.
The North Carolina prospect certainly had the numbers to be a player people should have kept an eye on. As a senior at Garner Senior High in Raleigh, he posted 96 tackles, including 44 for loss, 26 sacks and 36 hurries. I don't care who you are, 26 sacks in a single season is very impressive -- especially after his sack total as a junior was at 10.
He also caught 10 passes for 175 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. He was no Tony Gonzalez, but the big fella can move a little bit.
While athletic, Butler still needs to work on consistent get-off speed and his power. The hope is that as he adds weight, the power will come, but the coaches don't want to lose the agility that could give him a chance to see the field early.
He was productive in high school and by all accounts he's a pretty low maintenance player. With the help the Vols need at defensive tackle, there's a chance that Tennessee fans could see Butler suit up for the Vols very early in his career.