Butch Jones gang still growing; Vols seeking final flourishes

University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones, top center, huddles with the Vols following the team's opening scrimmage of the fall 2013 season at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones, top center, huddles with the Vols following the team's opening scrimmage of the fall 2013 season at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — Two weeks from today, pens will hit paper and more than a year's worth of time and effort will come to fruition for Tennessee's football coaching staff.

National signing day means the 2014 class finally will be set to join the Volunteers' rebuilding project several months later.

With 14 members of the highly touted class already on campus and 20 other verbal commitments, most of the work appears done for Tennessee and coach Butch Jones, but before the focus fully can turn toward building on a solid start to the 2015 class and beyond, the program must finish this year's incoming class.

Tennessee still faces work to hang on to a couple of its current commitments, and while there may not be a long list of remaining targets for the Vols, either undecided or committed elsewhere, the ones they're still chasing certainly aren't lacking in talent or importance.

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