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Tennessee lands top running back for 2014

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The top overall running back in the state of Tennessee, and a top-five back nationally, Jalen Hurd officially committed to Tennessee this morning.

Tennessee and top running backs have historically been like peanut butter and jelly – they just go together. But the Vols have been absent a dynamic difference maker and cornerstone-type player at the position since 2009.

However, Tennessee and Butch Jones just landed a commitment from the biggest priority on the board and the top player in the state.

Hurd’s recruitment was thought to have taken a hit when running backs coach Jay Graham, Hurd’s primary recruiter, bolted for Florida State, but the 6-3, 225-pound star is officially a Vol, for now.

Hurd rushed for a state-record 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns on 317 attempts in 2012, and electrifying doesn’t do him justice.

Butch Jones has gotten on more big-time recruits in four months than Derek Dooley did in three years.

But recruiting changes daily, and it’s a long 11 months until next National Signing Day. Still, Jones is off to a fantastic start for the 2014 class.

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Comments 3

  1. Jalen Hurd is only the first of many lined up for Jones. Vol legacies like the Berry twins and Dillon Bates will be next. Finally some momentum on our sideline.

  2. Per Clay Travis, Hurd is an early enrollee and will be on campus by December. That long eleven months to signing day is significantly shorter! GBO!

  3. Tennessee wasn’t going to stay a bad football team forever. Alabama will not be at the top forever. Florida has taken a dip here recently when it seemed like they would never. UGA dipped a couple years ago. It’s all cyclical.