Class of 2014: The players

University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones conducts his first spring practice at Haslam Field on Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones conducts his first spring practice at Haslam Field on Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Check back here throughout the day for the latest on each of Tennessee's signees

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11:23 Elliott Berry

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Elliott Berry

Safety/outside linebacker, 5-11, 191

Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside)

Committed Nov. 4, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 741 overall

No. 61 outside linebacker

No. 68 prospect in Georgia

The skinny: One of the two Berry twins, Elliott may have more of a chip on his shoulder than his higher-rated brother. He projects as a smaller, quicker linebacker or a bigger safety. He has the size and speed to contribute on special teams from Day 1.

11:23 Evan Berry

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Evan Berry

Athlete, 5-11, 195

Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside)

Committed Nov. 4, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 289 overall

No. 28 athlete

No. 21 prospect in Georgia

The skinny: One of two twin brothers of former Vol Eric Berry who signed in 2014, Evan Berry is the higher rated of the duo. He’ll get a look at slot receiver, but he has the athleticism to also play in the secondary.

11:08: Joe Henderson

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Joe Henderson

Defensive end, 6-3, 222

Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights)

Committed May 30, 2013

247 Composite Rankings

Three stars

No. 376 nationally

No. 18 weak-side defensive end

No. 21 in Ohio

The skinny: Henderson thought he was enrolling in January, but an academic hiccup pushed him back to the summer. He’ll need to bulk up, but he’s fast enough to play an early role in limited speed-rushing situations."Joe has outstanding quickness and will add length to the defensive front. He has good burst and will develop into an edge presence,” said line coach Steve Stripling.

11: Cortez McDowell

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Cortez McDowell

Safety, 6-1, 200

Locust Grove, Ga. (Locust Grove)

Committed July 16, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 178 overall

No. 12 safety

No. 14 prospect in Georgia

The skinny: Perhaps overlooked because of his drama-free recruitment, McDowell is a well-regarded prospect who at the very least should play a special teams role this year.

10:20: Chris Weatherd

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Chris Weatherd

Outside linebacker, 6-3, 220

Carrollton, Texas (Creekview High)

Attends Trinity Valley CC in Athens, Texas

Committed May 31, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 19 overall junior college prospect

No. 1 junior college outside linebacker

No. 1 junior college prospect in Texas

The skinny: Once Texas A&M started pursuing Weatherd, some recruiting analysts thought it was only a matter of time before he switched. But he’s stuck resolutely by his UT commitment. An arrival in January would have given him a better chance to push for a starting job, but he’ll still have a chance to fight for one of the linebacker jobs this summer.

10:12: Michael Sawyers

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Michael Sawyers

Defensive tackle, 6-2, 300

Nashville (Ensworth)

Currently uncommitted

247 Composite rankings

No. 368 overall

No. 28 defensive tackle

No. 8 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Was uncommitted coming into signing day. A big pickup for the Vols

10:10: Derek Barnett

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Derek Barnett

Strong-side defensive end, 6-3, 265

Brentwood (Brentwood Academy)

Committed Oct. 9, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 206 overall

No. 13 strong-side defensive end

No. 5 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: One of seven Middle Tennessee prospects in the class, Barnett has the size to play immediately or perhaps grow into a tackle role.

9:20 Charles Mosley

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Charles Mosley

Defensive tackle/offensive lineman, 6-5, 350

Brighton (Brighton)

Committed Dec. 9, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 282 overall

No. 23 defensive tackle

No. 6 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Mosley is a big prospect who could play defensive tackle or move to the offensive line. For now, he’ll get a look at tackle. If coaches feel he’s ready to contribute, he’ll probably stick around. If not, most analysts are equally excited about his potential on the offensive line.

9:15: Jashon Robertson

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Jashon Robertson

Offensive guard, 6-3, 295

Nashville (Montgomery Bell)

Committed Jan. 15, 2014

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 567 overall

No. 30 offensive guard

No. 11 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: One of several Vanderbilt commitments who jumped ship after coach James Franklin left for Penn State, Robertson could play on either side of the ball and his final destination is still to be determined.

9:04: Dewayne Hendrix

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Dewayne Hendrix

Strong-side defensive end, 6-5, 254

O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon)

Committed Oct. 27, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 117 nationally

No. 7 strong-side defensive end

No. 4 prospect in Illinois

The skinny: The Vols fended off a late push from Missouri to hold onto Hendrix, who is one of several big defensive ends who could be the foundation of the defensive line in 2015 and 2016. He’ll have a chance to at least get into the rotation this summer.

8:50 Treyvon Paulk

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Treyvon Paulk

Running back, 5-9, 195

Alpharetta, Ga. (Milton)

Committed July 20, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 436 overall

No. 28 running back

No. 34 prospect in Georgia

The skinny: After the Vols picked up a third running back commitment, Paulk wanted reassurance that he was still wanted and needed. Coaches apparently reassured him, because Paulk chose not to take a late visit to Miami (Fla.). He’s coming off a season-ending ACL injury, which could limit his role in 2014.

8:40 Gavin Bryant

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Gavin Bryant

Inside linebacker, 6-2, 230

Jackson, Ala. (Jackson)

Committed June 17, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 271 overall

No. 10 inside linebacker

No. 9 prospect in Alabama

The skinny: It’s tough to steal a four-star prospect from Alabama and Auburn, but the Vols recruited Bryant early and aggressively, while others may have been scared away by academic concerns. But it appears Bryant will qualify and he never showed signs of leaving his UT commitment.

8:33: Aaron Medley

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Aaron Medley

Kicker, 6-2, 170

Lewisburg (Marshall County)

Committed May 22, 2013

247 Composite rankings

No. 1,143 overall

No. 6 kicker

No. 20 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Expectations are high for any kicker who gets a scholarship (rather than a walk-on offer) and with senior Michael Palardy moving on, the Vols need Medley to have a strong camp. Some analysts think he’s the best kicker in the country. He worked with former UT kicker James Wilhoit.

8:28: Derrell Scott

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Derrell Scott

Running back, 5-11, 180

Havelock, N.C. (Havelock)

Committed Jan. 27, 2014

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 127 nationally

No. 3 all-purpose running back

No. 6 prospect in North Carolina

The skinny: The Vols wanted a third back in this class, and Scott’s late commitment was a resounding solution. UT hopes Scott will be a perfect future complement to Jalen Hurd, who is a bigger, every-down back. He also offers an insurance policy in case Hurd and Treyvon Paulk are slowed by injuries in 2014.

8:25: RaShaan Gaulden

GVX TV | National Signing Day: RaShaan Gaulden

Safety, 6-1, 178

Spring Hill (Independence)

Committed July 20, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 407 overall

No. 33 safety

No. 9 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Another mid-state prospect, Gaulden could play a safety or nickel role. Like many of the young defensive backs, he’ll add depth to the special teams even if he doesn’t find a spot in the playing rotation.

8:20: Vic Wharton

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Vic Wharton

Athlete/receiver, 6-0, 188

Nashville (Independence)

Committed Dec. 5, 2012

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 488 overall

No. 43 athlete

No. 10 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Wharton seems likely to begin as a slot receiver, although he could also play cornerback. He was a special teams force in high school, and coaches are eager to get a look at him in the return game.

7:37: Dillon Bates

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Dillon Bates

Linebacker, 6-3, 220

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Ponte Vedra)

Committed July 3, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 95 nationally

No. 7 linebacker

No. 15 prospect in Florida

The skinny: Bates’ college-ready frame gives him the chance to compete for the open linebacker spot immediately, although he’ll face competition from several other young players in 2014. His father Bill played safety for the Vols and his mother Denise was a UT cheerleader.

7:10 a.m. Todd Kelly

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Todd Kelly Jr.

Safety, 6-0, 188

Knoxville (Webb School)

Committed March 10, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 61 nationally

No. 5 safety

No. 3 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: As an elite early commitment, Kelly helped set the pace for the strong 2014 class. He was also an active recruiter who helped convince other prospects to commit. He’ll have a chance to compete for playing time and a special teams role in 2014, and it’s hard not to imagine him as a multi-year starter.

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