John Adams: This could be the 'splash class' for UT football

John Adams

A natural Tennessee football fear: All those prize recruits who committed earlier this year would scatter elsewhere if the Vols suffered another losing season.

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johnlg00 writes:

Nice to see the potential playmakers still willing to join the Big Orange program. A sufficiently flexible and creative coaching staff can devise line schemes on both sides of the ball to compensate somewhat for the Vols' huge lack of experience next year, especially if the newcomers are talented. It would seem that the Vols will have to try to implement a "big-play" strategy on both sides of the ball next year, since they are unlikely to be able to overpower opponents with sheer bulk, depth, and strength. That would not be what any of us would recognize as "traditional" Vol football, but it could be exciting!

asleep#212036 writes:

It is nothing short of amazing that Butch Jones could sign a Fulmer-level class with a Dooley-level record. Of course, playing 5 teams with at least 10 regular season wins was totally nasty so the record is easily explained, as they were also playing with Dooley-level "talent". If this class holds together and 2014 class is anything close, then, and only then, might we see Butch and company finally turn the corner. Don't get me wrong, I think this class alone will go a long way towards shoring up our demonstrable talent deficit relative to SEC elite teams but the O- and D-line issues will likely be too much to overcome by next season. Looking forward to 2015 with great anticipation. Go Vols!!!

murrayvol writes:

This season didn't turn out the way many of us hoped it would but it did turn out about as well as we had any right to expect.

That CBJ & Co. has been able to not only hold onto early commits but add quality players to the list is......as sleepy said earlier, nothing short of amazing.

But in the SEC one great recruiting class is not enough. It'll take a couple more to be consistently competitive with top tier teams. Butch knows recruiting. I believe he'll get it done.

TommyJack writes:

in response to murrayvol:

This season didn't turn out the way many of us hoped it would but it did turn out about as well as we had any right to expect.

That CBJ & Co. has been able to not only hold onto early commits but add quality players to the list is......as sleepy said earlier, nothing short of amazing.

But in the SEC one great recruiting class is not enough. It'll take a couple more to be consistently competitive with top tier teams. Butch knows recruiting. I believe he'll get it done.

A wise man, that MurrayVol.

bUTch__please writes:

This gives Coach Jones roughly 60 of his own players for his second season. Huge opportunity for a remarkable shift in team culture.
Also gives a roster that's 70% underclassmen, but who's counting.

SummerfieldVol writes:

If we get 3 or 4 great player out of the 33 we will have had a great recruiting season.

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