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Tennessee commit Marcus Goree inks NIL deal with NBA star LaMelo Ball

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Tennessee commit Marcus Goree has been quite busy over the past couple of days.

Last Wednesday, Goree announced his top five college choices before ultimately committing to Tennessee just two days later. Goree, who is the Volunteers’ fourth commit from the 2024 recruit class, joins fellow commit and cornerback Kaleb Beasley.

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Boo Carter was the first Tennessee high school student-athlete to sign a NIL deal. Now, Goree can be added to that list. Goree partnered with NBA superstar LaMelo Ball, who was on the phone with him when he made his commitment to Tennessee.

The terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but it’s likely one of the first partnerships between two athletes during the NIL era.

Goree, a 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back, comes from Cleveland, Tennessee and plays football for Bradley County High School. Even though he is a bit undersized, Goree is flexible enough to play several positions in the secondary.

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Last season, Goree finished with 54 total tackles, including 12 tackles for a loss, to go along with one sack, 11 pass breakups, one forced fumble, and two interceptions.

Goree also had offers from Nebraska, Michigan State, Colorado, and Michigan.