Tennessee's recruiting surely will take a hit after losing two of its top recruiters last weekend. Right?
Former receivers coach Frank Wilson had Louisiana and Mississippi locked down before he bolted to LSU.
Former UT running backs coach Eddie Gran, who is at Florida State, is better known in South Florida than the beach.
Yet whatever impact the two losses will have on the Vols hasn't taken place. So far, the Vols haven't even broke stride.
UT picked up a commitment from Hialeah (Fla.) High School defensive tackle Calvin Smith on Monday. Hialeah is just outside of Miami - Gran territory.
The Vols haven't picked up any prospects from Wilson's areas yet, but it doesn't seem they've lost any ground, either. Wilson's stance on the coaching transition should help the Vols hold onto his commitments.
Wilson said individual morals play a part in an unwritten rule in recruiting.
"Those kids that I played a pivotal role in recruiting, I will not recruit (to LSU)," Wilson said Tuesday. "For the most part, LSU is not recruiting them anyway. Any kids that committed to the University of Tennessee will not be recruited by myself personally, nor do I even think by (LSU)."
Numbers dictate as much. The Vols have 23 commitments. LSU has 24. Both schools are zoned in on the few remaining prospects on their board to fill the few remaining scholarships they have available.
Wilson played a part in several commitments, including junior college defensive lineman Ken Adams from Wesson, Miss., defensive tackle Risean Broussard from Lake Charles, La., and receiver Markeith Ambles from McDonough, Ga.
"I didn't like it but it happens. You've just got to go with it," said Ambles, who reaffirmed his UT commitment this week.
A common UT recruiting practice could be viewed as a weakness or strength, depending on the prospect.
More than UT's previous staff, these Vols recruit prospects as a group effort. A lead recruiter, a position coach, a coordinator and the head coach are often involved with each prospect.
On the downside, that practice can broaden the impact of a lost coach. Wilson, for instance, was well liked by UT receiver commitment Matt Milton from Mascoutah, Ill.
Milton, who was primarily recruited by Ed Orgeron, said Wilson's move was a shock.
"We were really close from when we talked to each other," Milton said. "My mom liked him a lot. He was a good guy."
Milton said Wilson's departure won't affect his decision too much. That brings to light an advantage of group recruiting: single relationships won't often undermine a commitment.
That, however, won't likely be the case with 2011 UT commitment Anthony Johnson from O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans. It's hard to imagine the defensive tackle choosing UT over LSU considering he's related to Wilson, who was a beloved coach at O. Perry Walker.
As for Gran, he helped secure six UT commitments: kicker Michael Palardy from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, receiver Ted Meline from North Miami High School, offensive lineman Jose Jose from Miami Central High School, athlete Delvin Jones from Palmetto (Fla.) High School, linebacker Ralph Williams from Gulliver Prep in Miami and receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, who attended Northwestern High School in Miami before starring at El Camino Community College.
Palardy, who some believe is the best kicker prospect in the nation, didn't seem affected by Gran's decision even though Palardy professed so much admiration for Gran when he committed in September.
"I committed to UT and I don't plan on changing my mind," Palardy said via text message.
Such promises won't console UT's fan base. They can't wait for National Signing Day in February.
Until then, hiring a few solid recruiters to replace Wilson and Gran would help fans rest easier. Wilson has no doubt that Kiffin will do just that. Just don't get in a hurry.
"He's going to take his time," Wilson said. "He's going to do it right and he'll get the best coach available, whether it be the NFL or college.
"He'll bring in someone that's just as good. He won't miss a beat. Lane's very smart. I expect those guys to be very competitive and very soon competing for a national title. They'll do a great job."
Dave Hooker covers recruiting. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.