A recruiting map for Vols 1994-2012: Class by Class

Class by Class

1994

Phillip Fulmer's first full recruiting class for Tennessee was hailed nationally as one of the best in the country and included Peyton Manning, Terry Fair, Marcus Nash and several other valuable contributors.

1995

This class was stocked with Tennesseans, including Chad Clifton and Al Wilson.

1996

Yet another elite class took five players from the Carolinas, including Shaun Ellis, and quarterback Tee Martin from Alabama.

1997

Among the several elite contributors in this class were two from Georgia — Cosey Coleman and Deon Grant.

1998

UT signed four from Middle Tennessee, including Nashville defensive tackle John Henderson.

1999

The first class with serious wash-outs and defections, including three of four Texas recruits. But the class did include center Scott Wells and running back Troy Fleming from the Nashville area, and Albert Haynesworth from South Carolina.

2000

The Vols went all the way to California for Casey Clausen and Kevin Burnett, but stayed at home for Jason Witten. Burnett and Witten were two of the only three players (Mark Jones, Pennsylvania) eventually selected in the NFL draft from this class, the lowest total of the Fulmer era (tied with 2006 and 2007).

2001

Californians Demetrin Veal and Kevin Simon made an impact, while Floridian Julian Battle won All-SEC honors coming out of junior college.

2002

Seven players in this class were drafted, the high-water mark of the 2000s for Fulmer's staff. The geographically diverse group was led by Alabama's Jason Allen and Justin Harrell from Martin, Tenn.

2003

Aaron Sears and Jayson Swain are notable because they were among the last significant recruited by UT out of Alabama, which has produced little for the Vols in the last decade. In-state players were overshadowed by Oklahoma's Robert Meachem and New Jersey's Turk McBride.

2004

Tennessee went east to pick up Robert Ayres (South Carolina) and Jerod Mayo (Virginia) and all the way to Hawaii for Jesse Mahelona.

2005

This was one of UT's last big pushes in North Carolina, and it netted Jonathan Crompton and Montario Hardesty.

2006

Transfers, busts and non-qualifiers hurt this class, although it did include in-state prospect Jacques McClendon and Luke Stocker, a rare Kentucky recruit.

2007

Massive attrition impacted this class. At least four never enrolled or failed to qualify, at least seven transferred. Eric Berry was the standout of the group.

2008

Fulmer's final class has yet to produce an NFL draft pick, although Dallas Thomas is likely to change that this season.

2009

Lane Kiffin's only class had plenty of talent, but has endured transfers and dismissals. Only a handful of players became meaningful contributors, let alone stars. But five players from the class are fifth-year seniors on UT's 2013 roster.

2010

Tyler Bray, Da'Rick Rogers, Justin Hunter and Ja'Wuan James were part of Derek Dooley's very impressive first class.

2011

Dooley went heavy to Florida and Georgia (seven players each) in this class that will provide most of the foundation for Butch Jones' first season.

2012

The jury is still out, but only 15 players remain just one year after signing.

Evan Woodbery

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The foundation is being laid as we speak or....dream...! I explain this in a way I've had to with my wife who knows nothing about football. You got to plant the seed to begin the growth...! Butch is planting and mending fences....and I'm excited and feel proud with what he has started....Pride of the South UT football...! Taking back our state...! Positive attitudes from our coaches.....needs positive attitudes 100 percent from the FANS....! VFL GBO

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