- SEC TEAM RANK: No. 3
- NATIONAL TEAM RANK: No. 5
- LAST YEAR’S FINISH: No. 10 in SEC; No. 24 in nation.
- NO. 1 CURRENT RECRUIT: WR Josh Malone (No. 36).
- SDS 3-STAR ‘SLEEPER’ STAR: So many good ones to go with here, but I’m actually going to step up a notch and say JUCO 4-star Chris Weatherd. Incredibly humble and mature, incredibly talented. Vols fans will have him.
- SUM THE DAY UP: It was a relatively quiet day for Tennessee, though they did pick up former Vandy commit Michael Sawyers. The Vols did lose Cory Thomas to Mississippi State, but Sawyers made up for it. In all, 32 signed. Pretty drama-less day, and things were wrapped up early. Also, Orlando Brown and Jerome Dews did not sign. Brown had academic issues and apparently is heading to Oklahoma, while Dews appears to be heading to prep school.
- OVERALL: When it comes to recruiting, Tennessee is back. And that should translate to wins on the field. This was the nation’s largest signing class, and a good chunk of the group has already been on campus for a month as early enrollees. Gone are the Dooley days of the Vols battling mid-range ACC teams for recruits. This program is heading in the right direction.
Editor’s note: All team and individual ratings referenced by Saturday Down South are according to 247Sports.com’s composite ranking, which averages all services. Team rankings are as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Here’s a look at the current commitments, with ranking and early enrollment details:
|Derek Barnett||DE||Brentwood, TN||6’4″||265||4|
|Dillon Bates||LB||Ponte Vedra, FL||6’3″||207||4|
|Elliot Berry||DB||Fairburn, GA||5’11″||200||3|
|Evan Berry||DB||Fairburn, GA||5’11″||195||4|
|Dontavius Blair||OL||Garden City, KS||6’8″||300||4||YES|
|Gavin Bryant||LB||Jackson, AL||6’2″||225||4|
|Neiko Creamer||ATH||Elkton, MD||6’3″||223||3||YES|
|Rashaan Gaulden||DB||Nashville, TN||6’1″||175||3|
|Daniel Helm||TE||Chatham, IL||6’4″||216||4||YES|
|Joe Henderson||DE||Cleveland, OH||6’4″||222||3|
|Dewayne Hendrix||DE||O’Fallon, IL||6’5″||255||4|
|Jalen Hurd||RB||Hendersonville, TN||6’3″||230||4||YES|
|Jakob Johnson||LB||Jacksonville, FL||6’4″||235||3||YES|
|Todd Kelly||DB||Knoxville, TN||6’1″||190||4|
|Josh Malone||WR||Gallatin, TN||6’3″||190||4||YES|
|Cortez McDowell||DB||Locust Grove, GA||6’3″||200||4|
|Aaron Medley||K||Lewisburg, TN||6’2″||170||3|
|Dimarya Mixon||DT||Mesquite, TX||6’4″||265||3||YES|
|Emmanuel Moseley||DB||Greensboro, NC||6’1″||180||3||YES|
|Charles Mosley||DT||Brighton, TN||6’5″||350||4|
|Treyvon Paulk||RB||Alpharetta, GA||5’8″||201||3|
|D’Andre Payne||DB||Washington, D.C.||5’9″||177||4||YES|
|Lavon Pearson||WR||Quincy, CA||6’3″||185||4||YES|
|Ray Raulerson||OL||Tampa, FL||6’5″||275||3||YES|
|Jashon Robertson||DT||Nashville, TN||6’3″||286||3|
|Michael Sawyers||DT||Nashville, TN||6’2”||300||3|
|Derrell Scott||RB||Havelock, NC||5’11″||180||4|
|Coleman Thomas||OL||Max Meadows, VA||6’6″||295||3||YES|
|Chris Weatherd||LB||Athens, TX||6’4″||225||4|
|Vic Wharton III||ATH||Nashville, TN||6’1″||172||3|
|Owen Williams||DT||El Dorado, KS||6’1″||280||3||YES|
|Ethan Wolf||TE||Minster, OH||6’5″||243||3|