The 2013 Tennessee football season came to a close on Saturday when the Vols went out on a high note and defeated Kentucky 27-14 in Lexington, Ky.
Yet another season will come and go that will not include the Vols in a bowl game. So for coach Butch Jones and his staff, it’s time to take any time they may have already set aside for bowl practices and focus it towards one aspect of the job they’ve excelled in since arriving on Rocky Top. Recruiting.
Per rivals.com the Vols are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in recruiting rankings for the 2014 class, even despite the recent decommitment of four-star receiver Dominique Booth. They currently have 32 players who are verbally committed thus far, and still looking to add more major pieces to the puzzle.
Of the 32 commitments Tennessee already has, only one is labeled as a five-star recruit (in-state running back Jalen Hurd), but an astounding 15 of those are slated four-star prospects which ranks highest among all teams in this class.
Two prospects high on the Vols’ radar will announce their college decision this week. Recently slated five-star wide receiver prospect, Josh Malone, will announce his decision at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Charles Mosley, an in-state offensive guard, will also announce his decision this week, but on Friday, Dec. 6.
Even if both do commit to the Vols as most speculate, Tennessee is still in serious consideration to land nine more four-star recruits, and a five-star recruit (Adoree Jackson) before national signing day has come and gone.
Over the past three seasons the Vols’ highest ranked class came in 2011 when they finished 13th in the nation. Now, depending how the rest of this recruiting season turns out, they have a chance to dethrone Alabama who’s held the top spot in recruiting five of the last six years.
Malone’s upcoming announcement will loom large for Tennessee’s quest in not only claiming top honors in just Jones’s second class at Tennessee, but in the rebuilding process the Vols currently still find themselves in.
Jones already made the comment last week that he fully expects the 2014 recruiting class to come in and contribute right away, and has put together a line of players that a large majority of could see the field as early as the first game in 2014.
National Signing Day, the final day for recruits to declare their school, is Wednesday, Feb. 5.
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