GVX By the Numbers: Half the contributors in 2013 class came from Butch Jones' commitments

Teammates celebrate with Tennessee defensive back Cameron Sutton (23) after an interception and touchdown during the first half against Western Kentucky at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Teammates celebrate with Tennessee defensive back Cameron Sutton (23) after an interception and touchdown during the first half against Western Kentucky at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

When Butch Jones was hired just over a year ago, the new Vols coach and his staff had to hurriedly salvage a recruiting class that had crumbled as former coach Derek Dooley's job security dwindled.

The result was a smaller than expected group of players signed in February that included some prospects who initially committed to Dooley and others who were recruited exclusively by Jones.

Both groups of players have contributed to the Vols in 2013.

The most important Dooley commitment retained by Jones' staff was cornerback Cameron Sutton, who started all 12 games and played nearly every snap in 2013.

Receiver Marquez North and quarterback Joshua Dobbs were the biggest catches of Jones' recruiting efforts. It's hard to imagine the Vols' receiving corps without North's contributions.

There's no such thing as a sure thing in recruiting, and some players who were expected to have an immediate impact -- like tight end Woody Quinn and cornerback Riyahd Jones -- didn't pan out.

One more note: Freshman walk-on Devaun Swafford was a very valuable contributor as a nickel back. But as a walk-on, he's not included in this list of scholarship signees.

Check out the charts below for a look at how the 2013 class fared. If you're on a mobile or tablet device, click here for all the charts.

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