GVX Audio: Craig Haubert, recruiting analyst for ESPNs RecruitingNation.com
KNOXVILLE — Friday on the News Sentinel Sports Page, host Vince Ferrara and News Sentinel columnist John Adams welcomed Craig Haubert, recruiting analyst for ESPNs RecruitingNation.com, to talk about Tennessee recruiting ahead of National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
Ferrara begins by asking Haubert's take on Adoree' Jacskon, who narrowed his list of final schools to four — of which Tennessee was not a part.
"He's been a tough one to get a read on throughout the process," Haubert said. "I believe that going into it, I would say USC, the Trojans, are the favorite."
Adams asks whether there's a team in the SEC that stands to do really well and land some big recruits these last few days before National Signing Day.
Florida "is still in the mix for a couple of guys. I think you've got a couple of teams within the SEC — seven teams amongst the top 10," he said. "Auburn is another team. Obviously they finished the 2013 season strong. Now they've got a chance to finish this recruiting cycle very strong as well."
Rashaan Evans, a 5-star outside linebacker from Auburn, is one of their top prospects.
As for Tennessee, Ferrara asks Haubert his thoughts on how Butch Jones has done with recruiting this year.
"I think you definitely came away from the 2013 season feeling like Butch Jones at least has this program heading in the right direction, which you're able to sell to recruits," he said.
Another area Jones excels in, Haubert said, is starting at home.
"You can't let the best players in your state get away, and that has been the case in previous years," he said.
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