A look at Tennessee's 2014 class after 3 new additions, including 4-star Todd Kelly Jr.

Webb's Todd Kelly (6) runs the ball for a first down in the first half against ECS during the Div. II Class A championship game at the TSSAA 2012 BlueCross Bowl at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Webb won 47-14 over ECS. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Webb's Todd Kelly (6) runs the ball for a first down in the first half against ECS during the Div. II Class A championship game at the TSSAA 2012 BlueCross Bowl at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Webb won 47-14 over ECS. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class grew over the weekend, adding commitments from offensive lineman Coleman Thomas, defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. and receiver Neiko Creamer.

Kelly and Creamer are both Tennessee legacies, sons of defensive end Todd Kelly and cornerback Andre Creamer, respectively.

In that sense, Tennessee was expected to get both players. But to get them this early, and in doing so generate positive momentum for Butch Jones' first full recruiting class, was especially important.

Check out what the additions mean for Tennessee's 2014 class and where areas of need remain.

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dvhill100 writes:

Very nice gets.

HtownVol writes:

If UT can get a few more 4 stars before the season there is no reason this class isnt a top 10 class. If all goes well it has a chance to be a top 5 class.
Since we just got a WR I am certain that UT can be very selective with any more WRs. We have more than enough.
Now it is time to build that defense and get the long awaited STUD RB!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Getting a legacy player isn't always easy.

CrankE writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Getting a legacy player isn't always easy.

Firing DD helped.

GatorHater1998 writes:

in response to HtownVol:

If UT can get a few more 4 stars before the season there is no reason this class isnt a top 10 class. If all goes well it has a chance to be a top 5 class.
Since we just got a WR I am certain that UT can be very selective with any more WRs. We have more than enough.
Now it is time to build that defense and get the long awaited STUD RB!

top 5 is a long shot

EDDIE_2 writes:

Great work so far.Keep it going.Need a lot more to get Tennessee back to where it belongs and should be.

FanNotSheep writes:

If you got 15 more 4- and 5-star recruits you'd have the top class in the nation. That's not reasonable to expect, but we won't get back in the thick of the SEC until we return to top-10 national and top-5 SEC in recruiting -- year after year.

jacobsvolfan writes:

in response to CrankE:

Firing DD helped.

See above....post of the year!

rockytopwestone writes:

If Coach Jones could somehow get Jalen Hurd, the Berry Twins and a few more good ones such as Bill Bates son he might be able to get things turned around in a hurry !

rockytopwestone writes:

in response to jacobsvolfan:

See above....post of the year!

You got that right !

signalcorps writes:

Not bad recruiting for the time given not bad at all.....I said it when he was haired we have one of the best young coaches in the country.....

signalcorps writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

If you got 15 more 4- and 5-star recruits you'd have the top class in the nation. That's not reasonable to expect, but we won't get back in the thick of the SEC until we return to top-10 national and top-5 SEC in recruiting -- year after year.

yep

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

running back please... recruit 4,5 star running back ,thank you

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to CrankE:

Firing DD helped.

You have no idea! :-)
Todd Kelly Sr was on sports talk radio in Nashville last night. He made it pretty evident that they did not think very highly of CDD and his regime.

manniesghost1903 writes:

in response to CrankE:

Firing DD helped.

You are absolutely correct.

sitinhere writes:

Hey, leave poor DD alone, Nick Saban said he was an excellent coach. He didn't think UT should have fired him. DD is proof nobody is completely worthless, you can always serve as a bad example.

VolsUpsetYetAnother writes:

Kelly is a 5* if I ever saw one! What a get! This kid has it all. I want to see him at punt/kick off return a few times just to see what he can do. He gets up the field quicker than any returner I have seen in YEARS! GO VOLS!!!

PUL4VOLS writes:

Looking ahead, I don't care who liked/disliked former coaches. That blah tee blah is so old. This is a tremendous start and should get even better. I am hyped and excited. I do agree, however, that big time RB needs to be pursued out the wazoo. GO BIG ORANGE!

Hound_Dog69 writes:

in response to Show-me-your-TDs:

running back please... recruit 4,5 star running back ,thank you

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OwensboroVol writes:

I agree that We could probably expect to get these kids since they are legacies, but "expecting" puts you in the position of getting neither of them. About the recruiting for next year, it is still very early. Maybe We should do what Nick Saban does at Alabama, sign as many as we want and then have tryouts during spring practice and cut enough then to get down to the limits. I just had to throw that in. I would hope these kids are taking a hard look at the impact they can make at a school. If they come to Tennessee they can make a great impact in their freshman or sophomore years. Do they really think that they are going to get on the field at Alabama, LSU, Florida, or Georgia? They can come to Tennessee and be on the Field almost immediately if they have the talent. So Guys, if you want to play and play at a top notch school, in a giant stadium, with super media coverage, then come to Tennessee. Oh, one other thing, You can get an education second to none!!

johnlg00 writes:

Looking forward to seeing these guys and hope they bring a WHOLE LOT of good-playing good buddies with them. Too bad TK,Jr. isn't a big, bad D-lineman like his Dad!

voldoll73 writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

I agree that We could probably expect to get these kids since they are legacies, but "expecting" puts you in the position of getting neither of them. About the recruiting for next year, it is still very early. Maybe We should do what Nick Saban does at Alabama, sign as many as we want and then have tryouts during spring practice and cut enough then to get down to the limits. I just had to throw that in. I would hope these kids are taking a hard look at the impact they can make at a school. If they come to Tennessee they can make a great impact in their freshman or sophomore years. Do they really think that they are going to get on the field at Alabama, LSU, Florida, or Georgia? They can come to Tennessee and be on the Field almost immediately if they have the talent. So Guys, if you want to play and play at a top notch school, in a giant stadium, with super media coverage, then come to Tennessee. Oh, one other thing, You can get an education second to none!!

Regarding your last sentence: (If they go to class)!

oldster writes:

in response to rockytopwestone:

If Coach Jones could somehow get Jalen Hurd, the Berry Twins and a few more good ones such as Bill Bates son he might be able to get things turned around in a hurry !

Three of those are legacies and UT seems to be doing well with them. I have not heard (excuse the pun) about how UT sits with Hurd. However, I agree with you, if Jones were to get these 4 to commit, particularly early on, it could really get the ball rolling (or at least stopped going in the direction it has been going in for the past half decade).

oldster writes:

in response to Hound_Dog69:

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How many stars did Chuck Webb have? Reggie Cobb? Travis Stephens? That Travis with all the children born out of wedlock? Hubert Simpson? Johhny Jones? Haskell Stanback? Curt Watson? Beatty Feathers (did you know he was the first pro back to gain 1,000 yards in a season?)? Gene McEvers? Hank Lauricella? Even though some of those guys came before the star system, I would wager than more than half of these guys did not, or would not have, had more than 3 stars. However, some certainly would have had 4 and 5. The point is that what potential is seen by others is much less important than what a kid does with it. That drive is really hard to determine during the limited time a coach has while recruiting.

DRORANGELOVE writes:

in response to Hound_Dog69:

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Absolutely "COOOORECTTT" Hound. Give me a 2 or 3 star RB who bleeds big orange blood and will give his heart and guts for UT because he "WANTS" to play for the Big Orange. NOT some hyped up prima donna who has to be courted and wants special treatment and then "IF" he turns out to be as advertised, jumps to the NFL after 1 or 2 years and leaves UT hanging for the last 2 years when he could REALLY help the team. GBO

SCVFL writes:

The 2-3* atheletes are the "body" of the team. The 4-5* are the arms, hands, legs, and HEAD.
My point is a good group of homegrown, always wanted to be in RNG, redneck TN. boys can kick some serious arse.
GO COACH
GO BIG RNG...VFL(VOL FAN for LIFE)

Rockytopfan96 writes:

Nice job!!

tovolny writes:

Formula for Success: 5 Stars........If any in state, get'm, if not, get all you can get from anywhere. 4 Stars...........make sure you get all the in-state ones, then recruit (like heck) to get as many as you can from anywhere.
3 Stars.........Any out of state guys that truly WANT to come to Tennessee, let'm in. All the rest..........3 Stars or lower should be in-state guys, or have ties such as relatives of old Vols. And lastly, any guys that grew up around Knoxville that are athletic enough to keep up in practice should be allowed on the team. If anybody, 5 Stars and down, break team rules and make the team look bad, should be sent packing and allowed to sign with Tennessee Tech. Follow this recipe and it turns into a crystal football in the trophy case.

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