Tennessee got the attention of seemingly every college football program with its recent dominance on the recruiting trail. Jeremy Pruitt’s staff appears to have mastered recruiting via Zoom, FaceTime and virtual visits. A slew of quarantine commitments has UT’s 2021 class ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 nationally behind only Ohio State on the 247Sports Composite.

The recent string of wins on the recruiting trail has a prominent former Vol believing his alma mater isn’t too far off from making the College Football Playoff and competing for national championships again.

“I think once this 2021 (recruiting) class becomes juniors, we’ll be in the college football playoffs and competing for national titles,” Peerless Price said on The Paul Finebaum Show.

Price played a big part in UT’s 23-16 win over Florida State in the BCS championship game for the 1998 season. Price caught 4 passes, including the game-deciding touchdown, for 199 yards.

After his Vol career, Price played in the NFL from 1999 to 2007 with the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.