Barring something unexpected, Tennessee will do something on National Signing Day that's only happened twice in the SEC since 2002 and is scheduled to occur at just two of the other 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools across the country.
Actually, it's what the Vols won't do.
Not one of UT's 20 commitments for the Class of 2012 comes from an offensive lineman and that's not expected to change by Wednesday, the first day in which high school seniors can sign National Letters of Intent with their respective schools of choice. BYU and Army are the only other teams in the nation without a commitment from an offensive lineman while 109 of the 120 FBS programs have at least two.
The average number of offensive line commitments for the class of 2012 among the other 13 SEC teams: 3.6. That's slightly below the 3.97 average of offensive line signees in the conference since 2002 but not enough of an indication to consider it a class dry on talent.
There are, of course, a handful of reasons why UT is in this unique position. It largely centers on UT's current offensive line depth chart, which didn't lose a single player from last season's team and will boast just two seniors in 2012.
"It's one of those things where different schools have different philosophies in regard to their roster," said JC Shurburtt, the national college football recruiting director for 247Sports. "Ideally, you bring in four or five per year, get those guys in the pipeline and then you won't have a season where you're depending on guys that are inexperienced or aren't very good.
"In a league like the SEC, which is so defensive line heavy, you obviously need great offensive linemen to combat that ... Certainly that's not a criticism of what Tennessee has done. It's just kind of a different way you normally see it happen."
The Vols' expected goose egg in 2012 comes directly off the heels of their largest offensive line haul since 2004. UT signed five offensive linemen in 2011 — Antonio Richardson, Kyler Kerbyson, Marcus Jackson, Alan Posey and Mack Crowder — and picked up sophomore Alex Bullard after he transferred from Notre Dame.
"The breakdown is as good as I think you can do it with five defensive linemen and five offensive linemen," coach Derek Dooley said at last year's National Signing Day press conference. "We needed to get bigger and better up front."
Jackson returns atop the depth chart at left guard after winning the job midway through the season, Richardson played sparingly throughout the year while Kerbyson, Posey and Crowder redshirted.
Jackson is the only underclassman in the projected 2012 starting offensive line, but left tackle Dallas Thomas is the only senior among the group. Not counting JerQuari Schofield, who is in school but not currently with the team, the Vols have 13 scholarship offensive linemen back for 2012.
The Vols and Texas A&M are the only two teams in the SEC that will return all five starting offensive linemen from 2011. With a new offensive line coach (Sam Pittman) and elevated expectations after a season in which the Vols finished 116th in nation in rushing offense, that's certainly subject to change.
Shurburtt said the Vols' inability to sell early playing time to the few offensive line prospects they targeted for 2012 may have played a part in them coming away with nothing — even though it shouldn't have been.
"In general, prospects don't have a good sense of their ability," Shurburtt said. "They're used to being told how great they are and are used to playing at the high school level so they naturally assume things are going to be the same at college. It's just not like that.
"Guys look at the depth chart and say 'I'm not going to get off the bench in two years.' In all reality, no matter where they go, they're not going to get off the bench for two years."
UT finished second in its recruitment of offensive tackles Andrew Jelks (Vanderbilt) and D.J. Humphries (Florida) and lost out to California with center Matt Cochran. The Vols also came up short with Kyle Long (Oregon) and Jordan Diamond (undecided), but, ultimately, they just didn't seriously pursue that many because of other, more immediate areas of need.
That figures to change in a big way for the class of 2013.
When South Carolina went without signing an offensive lineman in its 2005 class, it added eight in the following year. Kentucky followed its offensive-line free class of 2003 with five in 2004 and 10 in 2005.
The Vols have one offensive lineman commitment, tackle Austin Sanders (Cleveland), in the fold for 2013 and have already offered 16 juniors. That's one more than the Vols extended for the entire 2012 class, according to 247Sports.
"Tennessee should be just fine as far as that goes," Shurburrt said. "From a national standpoint, it's another solid year."