John Adams: Different recruiting pitches working for Vols and Tide

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk during pre game activities before the South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Neyland Stadium.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk during pre game activities before the South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Neyland Stadium. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

A question worth asking before Saturday’s game at Bryant-Denny Stadium: “How long will it take Tennessee to be competitive against Alabama?”

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ChadBTindell writes:

Recruits also know how to read depth charts. Want to practice hard and sit on game day for a year or two (or more)? Go to Alabama. Want to practice hard and be on ESPN highlights making a fabulous catch, tackle or run NEXT year (ask Marquez North or Cameron Sutton)? Go to Tennessee. We need you NOW. Go bUTch. Go Vols!

cltvol writes:

agree with article except....
article "It (TN) used to have an impressive track record for sending players to the NFL."

fact
TN still has good record for NFL players, actually tied with AL.

1. USC — 40 players
2. LSU — 39
3. Miami — 38
4. Georgia — 36
5. Florida State — 31
5. Texas — 31
7. Alabama — 30
7. Cal — 30
7. Tennessee — 30

link to source
http://college-football.si.com/2013/0...

Alpha-Snail writes:

in response to cltvol:

agree with article except....
article "It (TN) used to have an impressive track record for sending players to the NFL."

fact
TN still has good record for NFL players, actually tied with AL.

1. USC — 40 players
2. LSU — 39
3. Miami — 38
4. Georgia — 36
5. Florida State — 31
5. Texas — 31
7. Alabama — 30
7. Cal — 30
7. Tennessee — 30

link to source
http://college-football.si.com/2013/0...

UT and Ala have the same number of players in the NFL? - Common John. You had to have known.

Here's another key omission - the log jam of top recruits entering Alabama each year means that the chances of sitting and STAYING on the bench is far greater. Imagine going to practice every day and never playing a meaningful down. How much fun is that?

Life is short. Kids want to play. And they know that their chances of playing at the next level are as great here as anywhere in college football...including Alabama.

Adams is from Alabama. He use to write for them. Maybe he still does.

AtLannaVFL writes:

John, I'm a fan of yours but articles like these are a little too one-sided for the wrong side. There are obviously plenty of good reasons for a recruit to choose UT and you seem to be second-guessing the recruits who have signed with us. I'm as careful as the next VFL in proclaiming that we're back but the recruiting effort by Jones needs to applauded as the next necessary step in the process, not questioned by one of our own.

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