The Tennessee Vols flipped the script this week.

Tennessee has been on the wrong side of recruiting battles far too often over the last 15 years.

On numerous occasions, a recruit has been expected to sign with Tennessee only to end up changing his mind at the last moment and going with another program.

It’s a feeling all too familiar to Vols fans.

On Monday, however, things finally went Tennessee’s way.

Four-star cornerback Jordan Matthews, a Baton Rouge native, was expected to commit to Texas on Monday. Instead, he had a change of heart and committed to the Vols.

After committing to Tennessee, Matthews spoke to Rivals.com and explained his decision.

“We’ve been to Texas about five times now, so everybody guessed it was Texas, but I had a change of heart,” said Matthews. “When I went to Tennessee, it was my best visit. I feel like in my heart it’s the best school for me.”

“The reason I picked Tennessee, I felt like they had the best situation for me in my heart in this process,” added Matthews. “Coach (Josh) Heupel, Coach (Tim) Banks, they’ve been great to me. I feel like it’s a school I can thrive at for the next 3-4 years.”

If the Vols are going to return to the top of the SEC, they have to start winning recruiting battles like this one.

Tennessee still has a long way to go under Josh Heupel, but Matthews’ commitment to the Vols over the Longhorns is a strong sign that the tides are turning on Rocky Top.

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