Tennessee already has a nice 2015 class, but the Vols certainly have a lot more work ahead of them. Look for them to do well with the in-state players mentioned below, and also look for them to secure a four or five-star quarterback–an absolute necessity in this year’s signing class.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
UPDATE–Since this piece ran two weeks ago, the nation’s No. 1 dual threat quarterback–Torrance Gibson–has elevated Tennessee to a top team on his list.
1. Eric Swinney, Tyrone (Ga.), 5-10/190, Running back
- National rank: No. 92 overall prospect
- SEC schools: Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia
- The skinny: Auburn seems like the slight leader right now, but there’s certainly room for the Vols to make a move here on this talented running back out of Georgia.
2. Kyle Phillips, Nashville (Tenn.), 6-4/255, Defensive end
- National rank: No. 115 overall
- SEC schools: Tennessee, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Alabama
- The skinny: It would be hard to see this prospect leave the state of Tennessee. He is a big kid with the natural talent needed to dominate at defensive end. There’s nothing like 4.6 speed on a 6-foot-4, 255-pound frame. Yikes.
3. Chuma Edoga, Powder Springs (Ga.), 6-4/280, Offensive lineman
- National rank: No. 56 overall
- SEC schools: Tennessee, Georgia
- The skinny: Edoga actually named Tennessee his leader early last month, but he’s an in-state kid that Georgia also covets–so don’t expect the Bulldogs to stop chasing him any time soon. Look for this to be an impressive recruiting battle.
4. Jauan Jennings, Murfreesboro (Tenn.), 6-4/185, Athlete
- National rank: No. 145 overall
- SEC schools: Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt
- The skinny: Jennings could play defensive back at the next level, and also has interest in playing quarterback. He was only recently offered by Alabama, and that may be a challenge for the Vols–but remember, he’s an in-stater.
5. Zach Gentry, Albuquerque (N.M.), 6-6/230, Quarterback
- National rank: No. 278 overall
- SEC schools: Tennessee, Alabama
- The skinny: Gentry has one of the most impressive frames in this quarterback recruiting class. It appears the Vols would love to have Torrance Gibson or Drew Lock maybe slightly more than Gentry, but should those two go elsewhere, it appears Gentry would be the next Tennessee QB. He’d have a lot riding on his shoulders.