Tennesse's 2014 class shows geographic shift north, closer to home

Midpoint shifts North under Jones

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones   Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 during his first press conference since the 2013 season ended.   (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee football coach Butch Jones Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 during his first press conference since the 2013 season ended. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

After a three-year absence, the geographic center of Tennessee’s recruiting class is back in the university’s home state.

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frieswiththat writes:

When the midpoint is Nashville then we will have a team that will end each season in the top 10 every year. When the chips are down, it is hot, you are tired, beat up, pain in a lot of places, down 16 with 8 minutes left in the 4th, only players raised up in Tennessee dreaming of playing there since their age was in single digits will rise to the occasion and find a way to win.

oldster writes:

in response to frieswiththat:

When the midpoint is Nashville then we will have a team that will end each season in the top 10 every year. When the chips are down, it is hot, you are tired, beat up, pain in a lot of places, down 16 with 8 minutes left in the 4th, only players raised up in Tennessee dreaming of playing there since their age was in single digits will rise to the occasion and find a way to win.

Horse manure. The most famous Vols were not from TN. Neyland was not a Tennessean. Peyton Manning is from Louisiana. Beatty Feathers was another Louisianan. Gene McEvers was not from TN. While Al Wilson is, Tee Martin, Jamal Lewis and the overwhelming majority of the 1998 national champions were not native Tennesseans.

forkball writes:

in response to oldster:

Horse manure. The most famous Vols were not from TN. Neyland was not a Tennessean. Peyton Manning is from Louisiana. Beatty Feathers was another Louisianan. Gene McEvers was not from TN. While Al Wilson is, Tee Martin, Jamal Lewis and the overwhelming majority of the 1998 national champions were not native Tennesseans.

This is true, but Nashville and the surrounding area is rapidly becoming a talent hotbed and will continue to do so due to population growth and the availability of top level training programs such as ones established by former Vols Will Bartholomew and Buck Fitzgerald just to name two.

This area will become more and more vital, and unlike the recent past, midstate players have become excited about the University of Tennessee.

And let the record show, Butch Jones gave James Franklin a glimpse into the future before he left.

vut5686#1405392 writes:

This article rates an asterisk...since it gives itself one....since the current signing class is not signed.

I do like the scientific precision, however. Riceville? Why not Calhoun, Charleston or more specifically, the Mouse Creek Community. Or, is this where the dart hit, when thrown across the keyboard by the writer?

ewoodbery (staff) writes:

in response to vut5686#1405392:

This article rates an asterisk...since it gives itself one....since the current signing class is not signed.

I do like the scientific precision, however. Riceville? Why not Calhoun, Charleston or more specifically, the Mouse Creek Community. Or, is this where the dart hit, when thrown across the keyboard by the writer?

The geographic midpoint is given in longitude and latitude. I enter it into a Google map and it places it in the nearest town. (For unincorporated communities, I imagine there is some guesswork). I will post a blog later this afternoon that includes the actual map points (by longitude and latitude), so you can see for yourself.

-- Evan

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