February 12, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI signs with Vols
The Vols added a 5-star Bishop of Rome to their 2013 class Monday morning when Pope Benedict XVI flipped from the Vatican to Tennessee. A 5-feet-7-inches tall, 85-year-old prospect from Germany, Benedict has been committed to the Catholic Church since 2005. Benedict is believed to have picked the Vols over North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida and other schools at least in part because UT promised that he could wear a papal mitre during games rather than a proper helmet. Benedict has great speed, but is small in stature. He is credited with 34 sacks during his third season at Rome. He could find roles on special teams during his first season with the Vols, although time in the weight room would likely give him more options. Benedict's high school coach described him as "a fierce competitor who will take his job with the Vols very seriously."
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