Poll: After defensive tackle, which position is UT's biggest area of need in recruiting?

After defensive tackle, which position is UT's biggest area of need in recruiting?

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After defensive tackle, which position is UT's biggest area of need in recruiting?

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madmax22 writes:

Why not pose this question to the coaching staff instead of the non-informed public?

volbike writes:

I must say that I am curious why we have signed so many LB's not including the possibility of getting another (Berry)but no QB's and few OL's?

tovolny writes:

A fairly intelligent player that can actually kick a 50-yard FG as well as possessing punting skills. The kickers also need to be thoroughly taught to make tackles. I suppose I am still stranded in the 50's and 60's when single wing tailbacks did the kicking and also played safety.

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

A Heisman Trophy candidate

sameolvolalum writes:

Linemen.....linemen.....linemen. Big, strong, mobile, quick, nasty (but law abiding) LINEMEN.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

I think a 5 star anything would be a good get. We're doing great in recruiting, but aside from Jalen Hurd (in a few rating services) we don't yet have a 5 star guy.

underthehill writes:

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

I think a 5 star anything would be a good get. We're doing great in recruiting, but aside from Jalen Hurd (in a few rating services) we don't yet have a 5 star guy.

Kelly and Bates are rated in the top 100 high school players in the nation...this appears to be a down year for linemen and an up year for skill positions..I'm thinking Jones may be going hard after some JC linemen..even with this glaring shortage..UT will still have a strong recruiting year..best in years...

vol98champ writes:

in response to volbike:

I must say that I am curious why we have signed so many LB's not including the possibility of getting another (Berry)but no QB's and few OL's?

LB's can also play DE and Bates can probably play anywhere except DT. QB's have been off the board for weeks and we are hard after QB's for next years class. The big guys are few this year and many are still undecided. With 24 commits we can now be selective so 5 stars and big guys you can be part of something very special.

TommyJack writes:

Easy. Pass rushers

62vol writes:

It seems that a large part of the current recruiting process is now controlled by the influence of the verbally committed. They are using social media to contact each other. This has affected the skill position guys the most.

Do big nasty ugly linemen use twitter?

Any KNS writers care to look into this phenom?

sameolvolalum writes:

If you'll look at the uncommitted 5*star fellas, you'll quickly notice that all but a handful aren't yet committed. These guys get a ton of attention and usually tend to announce their schools-of-choice on or just before NSD. At that time, the rankings are going to change drastically. However and with that stated, with 12 4* verbals, UT may well remain in the top 5 classes for '14. I think we'll pick up 1 or maybe even a couple 5*s. A strong season will make this a possibility, with a not-so-good one leading to a migration to other schools within our committed 4* fellas.

Olddogsrule writes:

Big or small. But fast, good hands, nifty, every down workhorse, drag 'em across the goal line into the endzone Ball Carriers.
Like:
Johnny Jones, Arian Foster, Charlie Garner, Travis Stephens and Travis Henry, Reggie Cobb and Chuck Webb, Jamal Lewis, Jay Graham, Little Man Stewart, George Cafego, Gene McEver, Hank Lauricella, Johnny Majors, and Beattie Feathers - who was by the way, the first man in NFL history to rush for over 1000 yards in a season.

There are others, but never forget, a stable of these with heroes hearts is what we need, every year.

Rookie2 writes:

Defensive end not on the list..? Hmm, I didn't realize we were in good shape there.

PHAT_VOL writes:

The questions should be which postions. We need running backs and defensive linemen and after this year we lose almost the entire offensive line. Not to mention we have no proven QB. And who is going to punt and kick? I do think the QB will be a lot better than most think. The class of 2012 will produce some surprises and so will the better coaching staff.

I know I'm a bit off topic but, a Lee Otis Burton or a Reggie White would be Great.

CroKev writes:

Nothing. Just get us some DL.

SteelerNation writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

The questions should be which postions. We need running backs and defensive linemen and after this year we lose almost the entire offensive line. Not to mention we have no proven QB. And who is going to punt and kick? I do think the QB will be a lot better than most think. The class of 2012 will produce some surprises and so will the better coaching staff.

I know I'm a bit off topic but, a Lee Otis Burton or a Reggie White would be Great.

We have4 QB on scholarship already. You say they are unproven so sign another. If not mistaken he would be unproven also. RB? We have a 5 star plus another who is considered a top 5 all purpose back. Kicker? We have the #1 kicker committed. Anyone who looks at our commitment list and what we are losing know we need lineman. Do a little research next time.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to 62vol:

It seems that a large part of the current recruiting process is now controlled by the influence of the verbally committed. They are using social media to contact each other. This has affected the skill position guys the most.

Do big nasty ugly linemen use twitter?

Any KNS writers care to look into this phenom?

Exactamundo! I'm wondering if CBJ, or at least one or more of his assistants, along with current and past players, are active in encouraging these newly committed recruits into selling the resurgent Power T to their highly-saught-after buddies, via social media. It might not just be coincidental or self-perpetuated. Also, as for the linemen up for grabs, a lot of the 5*s are of the big ugly genre, so a good number of them simply haven't committed to anybody......yet. We've got a pretty full stable of qb's and lb's. Same for rb's and wr's.......seriously. Plus, you can never have too many db's. Let's figure CBJ's working on this and those big time pass rushers and blockers aren't being ovelooked.

jawga writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

If you'll look at the uncommitted 5*star fellas, you'll quickly notice that all but a handful aren't yet committed. These guys get a ton of attention and usually tend to announce their schools-of-choice on or just before NSD. At that time, the rankings are going to change drastically. However and with that stated, with 12 4* verbals, UT may well remain in the top 5 classes for '14. I think we'll pick up 1 or maybe even a couple 5*s. A strong season will make this a possibility, with a not-so-good one leading to a migration to other schools within our committed 4* fellas.

A couple of 5*? You should probably should back away from the Kool-Aid. It will take at least 7 W's just to keep the current group other than the legacy commits. A loss to Vandy could put the 4* Hurd in jeopardy.

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