Tennessee and Georgia gave Savion Williams his first SEC scholarship offers on the same day in June, and the Vols and Bulldogs hosted him on back-to-back visits last week, starting with a two-day trip to Georgia.

By the time he returned home from Tennessee, he knew where he wanted to be.

The three-star redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., announced Tuesday afternoon that he has committed to Tennessee, choosing the Vols over Georgia and scholarship offers from more than a half-dozen other schools.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Williams gave Tennessee its 18th known commitment for the 2019 class and its fourth from a projected defensive lineman. He also joined three-star Darel Middleton of East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss., as the second junior-college defensive lineman in the Vols’ class.

Williams said first-year Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt’s staff was “the main reason” he was sold on the Vols.

“I feel like the coaches, they were really genuine and I really felt that they cared about me as a person as much as a football player,” said Williams, who’s ranked by 247Sports as the No. 15 overall junior-college prospect and No. 1 juco defensive tackle in the 2019 class. “I had a great time there. They showed me a lot of love.

“That’s the main reason, is probably the coaches. I sat down and ate dinner with the head coach, Coach Pruitt. A lot of people don’t do that, so that made a big mark right there.”

Williams and his mother spent Thursday and Friday at Georgia before visiting Tennessee on Friday night and Saturday. He said his mind was set on the Vols by the end of their drive home to Maryland on Sunday night.

After his visit to Georgia, he said he expected his decision to be “kind of between Georgia and Tennessee at that point, probably.”

“It wasn’t exactly at the end of the visit, but (I decided) kind of on the way home,” Williams said. “Me and my mom talked about it, and we kind of came together and felt like that would be the best place for me.”

Williams, who will have three years to play his final three seasons of eligibility, said the opportunity to play in the SEC “definitely” played a role in his decision, too.

“I definitely wanted to play with the big boys, as they call it,” he said. “SEC, that’s big-time. Nothing against nobody else, but I’m a big-time guy.”

Pruitt told Williams on Saturday during his visit for the Vols’ cookout that they envision him being a “big end” in Tennessee’s 3-4 defense. Williams said the Vols mentioned the possibility of playing him on the opposite end of the defensive line from Middleton, a Knoxville-area native.

“I definitely know they have a decent amount of D-tackles leaving, and they’re kind of in rebuilding mode,” Williams said. “I know people kept telling me that. But that really doesn’t matter to me. As long as I get my opportunities and I’m going to play, then I really don’t care.

“But they have a lot of D-tackles leaving, and I feel like me and Darel Middleton are going to be a force to be reckoned with the next couple years.”

He said his relationship with Joe Osovet, a quality control assistant for the Vols, “had something to do with” his decision, too. Osovet recruited Williams coming out of high school during his previous stint as the head coach at ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Coach O, he recruited me in high school,” Williams said. “I know what type of guy he is, and I know what he’s about. He kept it real with me, and I definitely like that.

“It’s good to know that I know somebody on the staff that’s going to keep it real with me and all that stuff.”

Williams said he also believes the Vols are moving in the right direction under Pruitt.

“I’m pretty sure everybody’s seen that the coaching staff that he hired had definitely good pedigrees — Alabama, Georgia, countless people from big-time, name schools,” Williams said. “They know what they’re doing, obviously, because those programs are winning.

“And Coach Pruitt definitely knows what he’s doing. He has a couple national championships, so there’s a reason he’s in the position he’s in now. I definitely like the situation that they’re going into.”

While Williams will have to wait until next summer to enroll at Tennessee, he said he’s currently not planning to visit any other schools in the coming months. And he said he doesn’t expect to change his mind about playing for the Vols.

“Definitely, I feel like this is it,” he said.