Perhaps I jinxed the Tennessee Vols.
I said well over a month ago that UT would pick up a handful of commitments during spring practice. They picked up one.
Later, I thought to myself that UT surely would pick up a few commitments during the spring evaluation period. Hasn't happened yet, but there are three weeks to go.
The slow start doesn't mean it's time to sound the Big Orange alarm. I've seen UT start slow in recruiting then close extremely strong and land one of the best classes in the country. In fact, that seemed to be the most common method of operations under former coach Phillip Fulmer.
Remember, the Vols don't have that in-state recruiting base to build up a strong early foundation.
However, it's clearly time to get some momentum started - and there appears to be an opportunity to do so.
I'm continually amazed with how far recruiting has moved up in the calendar. Prospects now take several visits in the spring, some more than they will this fall.
Subsequently, more prospects are committing during the spring.
Texas already has 20 commitments. Looks like Mack Brown can enjoy some golf this summer.
Alabama (11) leads the way in the SEC, followed by LSU (10) and Georgia (seven). Auburn and Mississippi State have a solid foundation with five.
Surprisingly, Florida only has four despite its in-state talent base. While the Gators' 2010 class seemed to benefit from Urban Meyer's health drama, future prospects seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach.
Kentucky and Arkansas each have four commitments. South Carolina has one. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss are looking for that first pledge.
Just how strong a commitment is in April depends on the prospect.
UT is clearly not giving up on Jabriel Washington, the Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson athlete, who committed to Alabama. UT recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph was at Washington's school last week.
It's not likely the Vols will give up on such an in-state talent anytime soon.
Out-of-state commitments are another story. The Vols once led for tight end Jeff Heuerman from Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla. Then, he suddenly committed to Ohio State.
As for now, there doesn't seem to be any wiggle room in his commitment.
"I'm shutting it down for good," Heuerman said via text message this week. "I'm fully committed."
UT is a bit hamstrung for the second consecutive year. As per a recent NCAA rules change, coach Derek Dooley can't hit the road recruiting.
Instead, he spent last week moving into his new house.
I'm sure his family appreciated the time with dear ol' dad, but face time with a new coach would have really benefited the Vols after so much turnover in the program during the past 18 months.
Without Dooley, the Vols have focused on in-state recruiting and the region. Memphis has been a big target, as has Georgia and Alabama.
Clearly, the visits have been made and the contacts have been established.
Now, the Vols and their fan base await a commitment, and perhaps more importantly some recruiting momentum to carry UT into the summer.
Fans don't want to imagine going through the spring evaluation period without a commitment - so I'll just keep my predictions to myself.
Dave Hooker covers recruiting. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.