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  • #301 by jbcarol on 22 Mar 2017
  • https://twitter.com/wesrucker247/status/844545706207711232

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    Safety Stephen Griffin plans to transfer out of the Tennessee program in hopes of earning more playing time elsewhere, a program source confirmed to GoVols247 on Tuesday.

    The move — and it was an amicable move — seems to make sense for Griffin, who will be a junior in the fall and would seem to be on the outside looking in for playing time at a position of major strength for the Vols.

    His biggest play was that forced fumble, which happened moments after injuries forced him onto the field in the Vols’ win over Kentucky in 2016.
  • #302 by jbcarol on 27 Mar 2017
  • https://twitter.com/SECCountryVols/status/846375095027322880

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    BUFORD, Ga. — Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s.

    Just before the Atlanta regional event for Nike’s “The Opening” recruiting camp on Sunday, 3-star Tennessee QB target James Foster got a phone call from Vols’ head coach Butch Jones.

    “He was like, ‘Wear the Tennessee towel at ‘The Opening’ today and rip it,'” Foster told SEC Country.

    Foster followed Jones’ advice and wore the Tennessee towel on his hip throughout the passing drills that encompassed most of the afternoon. But while Foster was “feeling like a Vol” on Sunday, Tennessee stands firm in third place on his list of eight schools...

    Currently, Tennessee sits behind Missouri and Georgia but ahead of South Carolina, Louisville, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and N.C. State. While Vols fans might be feeling good that they can at least jump over Georgia, a school that utilizes a pro-style quarterback, it isn’t that simple. Foster said that Georgia coach Kirby Smart has told him that he “needs” a running quarterback.

    “The quarterbacks they’ve got on the roster now really pocket passers,” Foster said. “They need a quarterback that can run. They’re trying to change the tradition and stuff because when the pocket breaks down they can’t run.”

    If Tennessee really wants to make a move on Foster, it’ll have to come through his mother.

    “Really just get a better bond with my mom,” Foster said. “That’ll probably happen when I go up there on a visit.”

    That’s really the missing link in the relationship. New Tennessee quarterbacks coach Mike Canales has been in touch with Foster “every day” lately and he plans on making another visit to Knoxville sometime in April, “probably” for the Orange and White game on April 22...
  • #303 by jbcarol on 23 Apr 2017
  • https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/856193506792140800

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    After picking commitments from a quarterback, running back and two wide receivers wide receiver, the Volunteers landed a defensive prospect in the form of 2018 linebacker Jacquez Jones, a 3-star linebacker out of Tuscaloosa.

    Tennessee now has 8 commitments for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Vols landed their quarterback in Michael Penix on Saturday, a running back in JaShaun Corbin on Friday and a 2018 wide receiver in Jatavious Harris on Sunday. Volunteers also added a commitment from 2019 wide receiver Cam Wynn
  • #304 by jbcarol on 27 Apr 2017
  • https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/857610780962848773

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    Three players who could make immediate contributions to the 2017 team and three players who could be role players.

    There were 20 players held out of Saturday’s public scrimmage, so deciphering a depth chart involves guess work —

    Post-spring guess at Tennessee’s depth chart, with 12 positions listed on each side of the ball because of the multiplicity of the Vols’ offensive and defensive schemes:
  • #305 by jbcarol on 14 May 2017
  • https://twitter.com/RyanCallahan247/status/863167131218784256

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    Tennessee made a big move in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings for the 2018 class Friday with the commitment of Top247 quarterback Adrian Martinez.

    Landing Martinez, a junior at Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., helped the Vols climb nine spots to No. 8 nationally in 247Sports' team rankings, which are based on the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

    6-foot-2, 198-pound Martinez, who's ranked the nation's No. 170 overall prospect and No. 7 dual-threat quarterback.

    Vols remain second among SEC teams behind only LSU, which is ranked No. 3 nationally. Texas A&M (No. 23) and Kentucky (No. 25) are the only other SEC schools currently in the top 25.
  • #306 by jbcarol on 17 May 2017
  • Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s

    3-star Melbourne, Fla. running back Jashaun Corbin announced his de-commitment from Tennessee on Tuesday


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    Corbin, the No. 8 all-purpose back and No. 382 overall player in the Class of 2018, kept his commitment for less than a month before making his decision.

    Maybe Corbin ends up back with the Vols, but de-commitments rarely work out that cleanly. So what’s next at running back for the Vols?

    Vols’ top target has been 3-star in-state running back Master Teague III for some time now, and his decision is poised to come soon...

    There’s also 3-star Gurley, Ala. running back Tae Provens.

    Without Corbin’s de-commitment, Tennessee still would’ve had room in its class for Teague and Provens. So that brings the question of what Tennessee will end up doing with that spot. It’s possible that Tennessee could choose to go with three running backs anyway.
  • #307 by jbcarol on 26 May 2017
  • https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/868121121488613376

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    Tennessee has landed seven in-state players, including four of the Volunteer State’s top eight players by 247Sports’ composite rankings. And there’s a real chance that one or both of Greg Emerson and D’Andre Litaker (both defensive tackles) could give Tennessee at least half of the top-10 players in the state once everything is said and done.

    “People have to think about, later in life, I want to live in Tennessee,” Harris said. “If I go to Alabama and come back to Tennessee, they’re going to know me as that guy that went to Alabama. If I go to Tennessee, they’re going to know me as that guy, he went in, he tried to help the program, he did all he could for Tennessee.”

    “All these other schools are going to tell you you’re set for life if you graduate from here but when you graduate from the University of Tennessee, or if you go anywhere else and you graduate from there then you’re not going to want to stay there and live there if you don’t make it to the league,” Taylor said. “You’re going to want to come back to Tennessee. I’m just letting him know when you graduate from Tennessee, if you don’t make it to the league you’re still set for life. You get a great education at Tennessee and everybody’s going to take care of you.”

    Both players tapped into the idea of how they’d be received in their home state once their football careers were over and expressed a desire to stay in the state that they grew up in. Others have said things along the same lines over the last couple months as well.
  • #308 by jbcarol on 30 May 2017
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  • #310 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017
  • https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/875352591747698689

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    Butch Jones has let it be known that he plans on winning championships with in-state players, and prospects like D’Andre Litaker are all in.

    Litaker committed on Tuesday to sign with the Vols 2018 class next February, boosting Tennessee’s class to No. 7...
  • #311 by jbcarol on 23 Jun 2017
  • https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/878038405082427401

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    Class o' '18 for Tennessee dropped to 12 commits after the de-commitment of athlete Shatar McClay

    McClay, from Clarksville, Tenn., rates as a 3-star athlete and the No. 34 prospect in the Volunteer State...

    Vols holds [sic] commitments from secondary prospects in Brendon Harris and Brandon Cross. Cornerback Tanner Ingle committed to Tennessee on Monday.

    Vols now have the No. 11 class in the country and No. 3 in the SEC...
  • #312 by jbcarol on 25 Jun 2017
  • #313 by jbcarol on 07 Jul 2017
  • https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/883335646181502976

    maybe in our nation

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    Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s.

    A commitment to Tennessee and a de-commitment from LSU changed the situation...

    Commitment of JUCO defensive end Dorian Gerald boosted Tennesee’s class, pushing the number of commits to 17.

    Tennessee also secured a surprise commitment on Monday from Greg Emerson while he was at Nike’s The Opening.

    Outside linebacker Adam Anderson’s de-commitment from LSU was the final straw.

    Tennessee has gained five commitments over the past five weeks. The other three commits are running backs Lyn-J Dixon and Anthony Grant, as well as defensive end Jamarcus Chatman, who until mid-June was an LSU commit.
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  • https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/893420081304227841

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    Volunteers have 20 commitments, with 2018 National Signing Day several months away.

    Tennessee will take on only another five or six players in the Class of 2018. The majority of the class is intact heading into the season, the way coach Butch Jones likes it.

    Here’s an early glance at where things stand for the Vols’ Class of 2018:


    Tennessee ranks as the No. 6 class in the country and the best in the SEC. The Vols hold one 5-star commit in offensive tackle Cade Mays, and eight are 4-star prospects.
  • #319 by jbcarol on 06 Aug 2017
  •  Ryan Callahan‏ @RyanCallahan247 Aug 3

    #Tennessee DBs coach @CoachCwarren joins #Vols assistants among nation's top recruiters: (FREE) http://bit.ly/2u5mVh9  via @GoVols247



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    First-year Tennessee defensive backs coach Charlton Warren on Wednesday night joined a handful of the Vols' other assistant coaches who currently are ranked among the nation's top recruiters by 247Sports

    With the commitment of Top247 defensive back Trey Dean of Hampton, Ga., Warren jumped up to No. 39 nationally in the 247Sports recruiter rankings — which are based on prospects' 247Sports Composite ratings — giving Tennessee three assistant coaches who now are ranked among the nation's top 40 recruiters for the 2018 class and five assistants in the top 80.

    First-year Vols offensive line coach Walt Wells is Tennessee's highest-ranked recruiter at No. 10 nationally, with first-year defensive line coach Brady Hoke at No. 32.
  • #320 by jbcarol on 11 Aug 2017
  • Tennessee has secured commitments from 20 prospects in the Class of 2018 thus far.

    Here’s an early glance where things stand for the Vols’ Class of 2018:




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    Alabama took a commitment from an offensive lineman this week, possibly meaning good things for the Vols. Offensive lineman Jerome Carvin previously had his choice between Tennessee and Alabama

    But now Carvin likely has lost his spot with the Crimson Tide, which means Tennessee could be sitting alone at the top for him.
  • #321 by jbcarol on 15 Aug 2017
  •  Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 2h2 hours ago

    Tennessee football: Walk-on Eli Wolf receives scholarship at practice on Tuesday



    Has schollies to spare
  • #322 by jbcarol on 18 Aug 2017
  • Tennessee filled another spot in its 2018 class on Thursday with the verbal commitment of punter Paxton Brooks.



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    He’s the No. 2 punter in the country according to Kohlskicking.com

    Brooks joins the No. 1 class in the SEC for 2018 and the No. 6 class in our nation. He’s the first specialist in the class.
  • #323 by jbcarol on 19 Aug 2017
  • Vols hold 21 commitments

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    Tennessee ranks as the No. 6 class in the country and the best in the SEC.

    Six of the top-9 players from the Volunteer State in the Class of 2018 have committed to the Vols.

    One spot closed at the moment is the running back position. The Vols have two commitments from Lyn-J Dixon and Anthony Grant. Dixon has started to receive interest in the past month from Clemson, though. Tennessee has kept interest going in other running back prospects such as Demarcus Townsend.
  • #324 by jbcarol on 22 Aug 2017
  • #325 by jbcarol on 25 Aug 2017
  • Tennessee now has 23 commitments in the cycle and ranks as the No. 6 class in the country and the best class in the SEC.



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    The long and winding recruitment of cornerback Jaycee Horn has come to end.

    Horn made his pledge to play at Tennessee public Thursday night during an exclusive SEC Country show.

    Alpharetta, Ga., native made his final decision between the Vols, Alabama and South Carolina. Horn had cut Tennessee out of his final two, but the Vols clawed their way back into the mix.

    Horn attended Tennessee’s Orange Carpet Day on June 17 and took another visit to the campus on July 22.

    The 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback rates as a 4-star prospect and the No. 219 player in the Class o' '18...
  • #326 by jbcarol on 01 Sep 2017
  • Tennessee holds commitments from 23 players

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    Vols received commitments from wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis and cornerback Jaycee Horn the week before. This week was much quieter, which isn’t a bad thing for Tennessee. With a recruiting class this full, the best thing from here on out is quiet weeks with no de-commitments.

    Tennessee ranks as the No. 6 class in the country and No. 1 in the SEC.
  • #327 by jbcarol on 03 Sep 2017
  •  SEC Country Vols‏Verified account @SECCountryVols Sep 1

    Tennessee commit Jamarcus Chatman on possibly looking elsewhere: ‘I’m going nowhere’ http://sec.news/2wt4tRz   #VFL



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    Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s.

    Class of 2018 defensive end Jamarcus Chatman might prove to be one of Tennessee’s most imports commits before this recruiting cycle comes to an end.

    The 6-foot-3, 266-pound Rome, Ga., product committed to LSU in April at the Tigers spring game. He de-committed over the summer and pledged on June 25 to sign with the Vols.

    Chatman has de-committed before, so what are the chances he does it again?

    Not very good.

    “I’m solid,” Chatman said. “I’m going nowhere.”

    Coach Butch Jones and defensive line coach Brady Hoke made strong impressions on Chatman in his recruitment. For Chatman to back off his commitment to LSU with Ed Orgeron pursuing him was a big win for Jones.

    Chatman said the coaches made the difference in where he wanted to play college football.

    “What sold me on Tennessee was how great the coaches were,” Chatman said. “When I got there, the atmosphere and the fan base, everyone treated me like they really wanted me. Coach was telling me how I could play early when I get there.”

    Playing early is something that is on Chatman’s mind.
  • #328 by jbcarol on 04 Sep 2017
  • SEC Country Vols‏Verified account @SECCountryVols

    Tennessee football’s September to-do list on the recruiting trail http://sec.news/2wvLh5T   #VFL


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    Tennessee’s hot recruiting carried throughout the month of August, with the Vols bringing in five commitments in the month.

    Vols now have 23 commitments in the Class of 2018. With a class that large, the to-do list can shrink, but also possibly becomes more important.

    With the Tennessee season beginning Monday against Georgia Tech in Atlanta, what are some recruiting goals for Tennessee in September?

    Tennessee currently holds the No. 6 class in our nation, which is good for best in the SEC.

    This could end up being the best class Tennessee coach Butch Jones has brought to campus in his five years. It is imperative to keep most ... of the class together...

    With 23 commitments, the attention will shift from pursuit to protecting. Keeping 4-star prospects like cornerback Jaycee Horn and safety Trey Dean committed will make or break the class.

    Having nine in-state players committed will help matters, too. The best player in the class — offensive tackle Cade Mays —

    Offensive lineman Jerome Carvin is one of the top targets left for the Vols. There isn’t much room left in the class, but Tennessee wants to bring in another offensive lineman. Bama seemed like the biggest competition for Carvin until it began to look at other options on the offensive line. Mississippi State has closed in fast on the Vols in the recruitment. The Bulldogs loom as a dark-horse threat.

    Tennessee likely will take another edge rusher or outside linebacker in the class, and one of the top targets is Richard Jibunor.

    Auburn seems to have a slight edge right now, but Tennessee is right there. Florida also could make some noise..

    A commitment from Jibunor would solidify Tennessee’s spot as one of the best classes in the country.
  • #329 by jbcarol on 14 Sep 2017
  • We discuss what Tennessee’s final number will be in the Class of 2018


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    We have 23 2018 commits, how many more can we have this year?

    Tennessee has done a good job of using some recruiting gymnastics over the past few season under coach Butch Jones to fit different players into the class. Tennessee could certainly do some similar maneuvering in this class if the right prospects came along.

    Right now, I think the most likely scenario will be the Vols bringing on two more players. One on offense — either at wide receiver or the offensive line — and one on defense — either at linebacker or the defensive line.

    Jerome Carvin, an offensive lineman from Cordova, Tenn.,  is who I think the Vols will take on offense, though wide receiver Jeshaun Jones remains a possibility.

    Linebacker Cam Jones, who is also from Cordova, might be the most likely get on the defensive side of the ball. Vols backed off his recruitment over the summer, but have turned up the heat recently.
  • #330 by jbcarol on 15 Sep 2017
  • #331 by jbcarol on 30 Sep 2017
  •  Stephen Hargis‏ @StephenHargis 43s43 seconds ago

    Text from a prep coach with a player UT is recruiting: "my advice to him is don't go there unless they make a coaching change." 😳

     Stephen Hargis‏ @StephenHargis 35s35 seconds ago

    Second text from same coach: "I've sat in the stadium with other coaches and we see them do things even bad high school teams don't do." 😳😳

  • #332 by jbcarol on 03 Oct 2017
  • BREAKING: Tennessee backup offensive guard Venzell Boulware quits team

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    Boulware’s Tweet said: “I would like to thank the University of Tennessee for giving me the opportunity to play here throughout the years. After much prayer and consideration with my family, I’ve decided it’s best for me to pursue other options away from UT for the remainder of my collegiate career. Thanks to all who supported me and thanks to the wonderful fans of Vol Nation. God Bless!”

    Boulware is a 6-foot-3, 306-pound redshirt sophomore from Union City, Ga, who made his first start this season in the Vols’ 17-13 win over Massachusetts on Oct. 23.

    Boulware, who started three games in 2016, was not listed as a participant in Tennessee’s loss to Georgia last Saturday.
  • #333 by jbcarol on 05 Oct 2017
  • Timing behind a coaching change, overreactions to Georgia, latest on QB Adrian Martinez


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    In terms of recruiting, the earlier Tennessee fired Butch Jones the better, if the university did indeed want to go another route with its coach. Waiting a month or two to do it wouldn’t really help the recruiting class.

    Don’t forget, this year is the first of the NCAA’s new early signing period for high school football —

    This early signing period might push some athletic directors to pull the trigger on coaching changes earlier than normal. If nothing else, a high school prospect would at least know a new coach is coming to the school and any uncertainty about the previous coach’s job security would be removed before the prospect makes a decision.

    Class of 2018 would be better if Jones stuck around another year, rather than Tennessee bringing in a new coach. Vols have commitments from 23 prospects in the cycle right now. Even if things get really bad, Tennessee won’t lose all of those commitments.

    Some commits have already opened up their commitment to explore other schools, but there has yet to be a de-commitment from the 2018 class
  • #334 by jbcarol on 06 Oct 2017
  • Tennessee recruiting: Latest updates on Vols’ 2018 football class


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    The quiet few weeks on the recruiting trail for Tennessee came to a screeching halt this week.

    Commit Jatavious Harris announced via Twitter on Monday he had opened his recruitment to all schools. Brendon Harris, no relation, followed on Tuesday with the same announcement.

    Tennessee still holds commitments from 23 prospects in the Class of 2018. It is still one of the best classes in the SEC, too.

    Things might have started off rocky in the beginning of the week. Nothing of true consequence has happened yet...

    Tennessee ranks as the No. 6 class in the country and No. 1 in the SEC. The Vols hold one 5-star commit, offensive tackle Cade Mays, and eight 4-star prospects.

    Six of the top nine players in the Class of 2018 from the Volunteer State have committed to the Vols.
  • #335 by jbcarol on 12 Oct 2017
  • #336 by jbcarol on 13 Oct 2017
  • Tennessee has not had a de-commitment in the Class of 2018 since the season began. It might be hard to lose track of that, though, because things have seemed so volatile.


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    Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s.

    Vols have had two prospects — Jatavious Harris and Brendon Harris — publicly open their recruitments to other schools. There are rumors more commits have done this too, such as commit Cade Mays.

    Wide receiver prospect Alontae Taylor has remained committed to Tennessee, even if it might not sound as firm as some fans would like. Taylor spoke with Matt Freeman about where he is in his recruitment.

    “All I can say is that I am committed,” Taylor said. “I can’t say if it’s a hard commit or a soft commit. I am committed.”
  • #337 by jbcarol on 15 Oct 2017
  •  Wes Rucker‏Verified account @wesrucker247 17h17 hours ago

    Wes Rucker Retweeted Lyn-J Dixon...™

    📌

    Four-star RB decommits from Tennessee.

    Bad day getting worse for the #Vols.

    Lyn-J Dixon...™
    📌‏ @im_Next23

    I have made the Decision to re open my recruitment to all Schools ,I prayed🙏🏽 and thought hard on it and talked to my family before making this Choice..💯 ~Respect my Decision~
  • #338 by jbcarol on 20 Oct 2017
  •  SEC Country Vols‏Verified account @SECCountryVols 20h20 hours ago

    How some Tennessee commits are dealing with unsure coaching situation http://sec.news/2l0VgOk   #VFL


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    Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s.

    When the coach a recruit committed to play for might not be there next season, what is the right move for the prospect?

    That’s the situation 22 Tennessee Class of 2018 commits find themselves in right now. Coach Butch Jones has led the Vols to a 3-3 record, with all three losses coming from SEC opponents, and the heat is on.

    Two commits, Jatavious Harris and Brendon Harris, have re-opened their recruitment, but claim to be committed to the Vols. Tennessee has backed off of communication from Jatavious Harris, so he might not have the Vols as an option too much longer.

    Commits Adrian Martinez and Greg Emerson have both talked about the Vols building something, and it isn’t time to jump ship.

    Most of the prospects, though, are waiting to see what happens. Some are lining up backup options, just in case.

    Wide receiver commit Shocky Jacques-Louis spoke with Bud Elliot of SBnation about how he is handling everything.

    “To be honest, I’m still committed to Tennessee, but I am definitely looking at other options due to, uh, certain situations at Tennessee,” Jacques-Louis said.
  • #339 by jbcarol on 24 Oct 2017
  • Butch Jones said that Tennessee guard Jack Jones no longer will play football because of lingering neck issues.

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    Jones, a junior, started at left guard in a season-opening victory against Georgia Tech. He played in nine games with six starts last year.

    Jack Jones‏Verified account @jackjoneshii

  • #340 by jbcarol on 26 Oct 2017
  • Tennessee recruiting mailbag: Keeping class together

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    Q: What does Tennessee have to do to keep this recruiting class from falling apart?

    I’m sure the recruits are very aware of the situation the coaching staff finds itself in. Coach Butch Jones and his group most likely must win out to keep their jobs.

    I think the majority of recruits are waiting to see what happens. Some recruits, like Greg Emerson, still very much believe in Jones and are probably waiting to see if he can turn the season around.

    Others might be waiting to see who the next coach will be. I think there are a fair amount of top-level commits that really like the school. If a new hire comes along and the commits fit the style, then they’ll stick with their commitment.

    Q: If we keep Butch Jones, how many recruits could we lose? And could bringing in a good coach help keep the recruits at Tennessee?

    Keeping Jones would likely keep the class more together than if Tennessee let him go. These players have committed to Tennessee, but maybe more so, to play for Jones.

    A lot of the commits still believe in Jones, too.

    If Tennessee fired Jones and hired a great head coach who recruits well, he could possibly keep most of the class together. The new coach would also have his own guys he would like to bring in too, though.
  • #341 by jbcarol on 29 Oct 2017
  •  SEC Country Vols‏Verified account @SECCountryVols

    How Tennessee is altering its recruiting style due to the early signing period http://sec.news/2yP7i3f   #VFL

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    Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s.

    Prospects can commit to schools for a 72-hour period beginning Dec. 20.

    Vols began altering their recruiting timeline once the decision came out in May. Coach Butch Jones talked on Wednesday about how recruiting is different this cycle.

    “We have a plan in place in terms of the early signing date,” Jones said. “It has changed a lot of things in terms of official visits. It’s kind of changed the nature of recruiting. We’ve had a lot of in-season official visits. We’ll continue to have that. We’ve had more unofficial visitors than we’ve had in the past. That’ll be ongoing. Obviously, the first part of December, we’ll host a number of official visits as well.”

    Vols have certainly pushed for the more visits [sic] during the season.

    Some fans criticized Tennessee for hosting so many visits for the Georgia game on Sept. 30. It was the worst Tennessee loss in Neyland Stadium, where the Bulldogs won 41-0.

    Vols hosted top prospects Jerome Carvin, Caleb Johnson and Jeshaun Jones. These are uncommitted prospects Tennessee is most likely to land, too.
  • #342 by jbcarol on 31 Oct 2017
  • Tennessee had a rocky October on the recruiting trail, to say the least.

    The Class of 2018 has lost three commitments this month.


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    Vols entered the month with 23 commitments and only room for two more prospects.

    The Vols are now down to 20 and looking to fill in the gaps.
  • #343 by jbcarol on 12 Nov 2017
  •  Wes Rucker‏Verified account @wesrucker247
    3m3 minutes ago

    Butch Jones is a spiteful man who holds grudges. If he can torpedo #Vols' recruiting class, he will.
  • #344 by jbcarol on 14 Nov 2017
  • How did new recruiting early signing period affect Tennessee’s decision to fire Butch Jones?


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    Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s.

    NCAA introduced an early signing period that goes into effect this December. High school seniors can now sign with teams beginning Dec. 20 instead of having to wait until the first Wednesday of February.

    This is a new twist athletic directors have to take into consideration when making a coaching change.

    Tennessee athletic director John Currie was asked Sunday night if the early signing period affected his decision.

    “The early signing period being from Dec. 20-22 is new and uncharted territory for all us, to some extent,” Currie said. “Ultimately, we have to make the decision that we believe is in the best interests of the student-athletes that we have here at the University of Tennessee right now — some are approaching graduation and others are playing their last two games in Neyland Stadium over the next couple of weeks — while we also look at the long-term future of our program. It is a variable that is new, but the core values in how we make decisions remains the same...

    “Certainly, recruiting is the lifeblood of what we do, attracting great student-athletes to the University of Tennessee. All of the intangibles about what makes our program, this university, the city of Knoxville, the history and tradition of Neyland Stadium, the facilities, the academic support, the high graduation rates — all of those things are things that will continue to be attractive to student-athletes at the University of Tennessee.”
  • #345 by jbcarol on 19 Nov 2017
  •  SEC Country Vols‏Verified account @SECCountryVols
    Nov 17

    Tennessee recruiting: Latest update on Vols’ 2018 football class http://sec.news/2mAspRV   #VFL

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    Tennessee fired coach Butch Jones on Sunday and the Vols Class of 2018 subsequently fell into disarray.

    Tennessee lost two commitments — Alontae Taylor and Shock Jacques-Louis. Two more — Tanner Ingle and Dorian Gerald — announced they have opened up their recruitments.

    With that in mind, here is a current look at where things stand for the Volunteers’ Class of 2018:
    Where Tennessee’s class ranks

    The 247Sports composite ranks the Vols Class of 2018 No. 15 in the nation and No. 5 in the SEC, behind Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M and Auburn. The loss of Cade Mays’ commitment just days before Jones’ firing sent the class down a few spots.
    Latest news

    Tennessee now holds 17 commitments, though Gerald and Ingle appear to be barely hanging on.
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