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West Virginia commit Nathan Niehaus flips his pledge to Tennessee

Jan 1, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers band members before the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the 2016 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 1, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers band members before the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the 2016 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Immediately after securing a huge 45-6 New Year's Day win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl, Tennessee gained a commitment from Ohio offensive lineman Nathan Niehaus. Niehaus had been committed to West Virginia before flipping his commitment to the Vols.

The 6-foot-6, 259-pound Niehaus is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and becomes the 17th prospect committed to Tennessee's 2016 recruiting class. Niehaus has family ties to the Knoxville area, which likely played a role in his decision.

As Tennessee continues to build up its roster to compete for a conference title, the addition of a potential offensive tackle should pay dividends down the road for offensive line and help stack the depth chart with talented options on the edge of the offensive line.

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