Tennessee lands top running back for 2014


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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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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