For the second consecutive day, one of Tennessee’s Class of 2020 commitments officially has parted ways with the Vols.
Three-star senior defensive end/linebacker Jimari Butler of Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala., announced Tuesday morning that he has decommitted from Tennessee after taking an official visit to Nebraska over the weekend.
The 6-foot-5, 217-pound Butler gave the Vols one of their most recent commitments on Nov. 8 after visiting them Oct. 5 to attend their home game against Georgia. Now, a little more than a month later, he’s back on the market leading up to next week’s early signing period.
“Thankful for Coach Tee Martin for giving me the opportunity to play at Tennessee and for recruiting me,” Butler wrote in a note that he posted on his Twitter account, referring to Tennessee’s wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.
“But with that being said I will be Decommitting from The University of Tennessee please Respect My Decision #AGTG.”
Tennessee also received a commitment Monday from four-star defensive lineman Omari Thomas of Briarcrest Christian School of Eads, Tenn., one of its longtime top targets, and parted ways with junior-college defensive back commitment Art Green on Monday afternoon. Following Butler’s departure, the Vols now are left with 17 known commitments for the 2020 class.
Butler once had planned to take his official visit to Tennessee this weekend and hadn’t ruled out signing with the Vols during the