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Tennessee took a big step on its quest to lock down an elite in-state class in 2018 on Monday evening.

Four-star defensive tackle Brant Lawless out of Nashville Christian School announced his commitment to the Vols with a post on his Twitter account.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Lawless is a four-star prospect ranked the No. 18 defensive tackle and No. 173 overall player in the 2018 class according to 247Sports, which ranks him fifth in a loaded class of prospects in the state of Tennessee this cycle.

Lawless chose Tennessee from a list of a dozen scholarship offers from Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Auburn, Oklahoma, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, among others.

Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen stopped by Nashville Christian to check in on Lawless during the evaluation period in mid-April.

Lawless is one of the three touted defensive line in-state prospects the Vols have made a priority in 2018 along with Jackson’s Greg Emerson and Murfreesboro’s D’Andre Litaker.

He is the ninth public commitment for the Vols’ 2018 class and the fifth in-state pledge, joining offensive linemen Cade Mays and Ollie Lane and athletes Alontae Taylor and Shatar McClay.

Four-Star Lawless Commits to Tennessee