Poll Results

Poll: How would you rate Tennessee's 2013 signing class?

Response Percent Votes
B
 
26% 1590
B+
 
17% 1044
B-
 
16% 995
C+
 
13% 779
C
 
9% 545
C-
 
4% 298
A-
 
4% 259
A
 
2% 128
D+
 
1% 91
D
 
1% 82
F
 
1% 75
A+
 
0% 57
D-
 
0% 26
total votes: 5969

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Comments » 36

volinJC writes:

All things considered CBJ and staff came up with a pretty good class. Time will tell how good...

SummittsCourt writes:

Getting Bell would have made this class an A, but I still give it a B+. Going from upper 40's to low 20's in ranking speaks to how hard the coaches worked during their 31 days on the job. Imagine what will happen with a couple of big wins and 365 days on the job.

Go Vols!

BigBadVol writes:

Overall a good class with a great job by the coaching staff.

davemanthevolfan writes:

Fantastic!!!! With the limited time they had to work. Go Big Orange!!!!!

tennrich1 writes:

74% rate it above average.... I would agree with that....only 8% rate it below average...in this case I agree with the majority....

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Below Vandy. Next question.

NEYLANDS_GHOST writes:

All things considered I rated the class a B-. Good work by the coaching staff to get to the 20th rated class 'nationally'(rivals).

However, we still must understand this class was only 10th in the SEC. If we are going to WIN in the SEC we must get the recruits and improve this next year...

pcorange writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Below Vandy. Next question.

Back to show us what an idiot you are?

greatdaysahead writes:

Just commented on another thread about Joshua Dobbs. That kid can be a rock star for us. Personally, I hope he can outshine Worley, Peterman, and Ferguson and starts at some point this season. Behind our O-line, our decent RB's, and the high ceiling of our receiving corp, our offense could realistically be among the best in the SEC again this fall. I feel like our defense is a cr@p shoot, but hey all we needed last season was a middle-of-the-road D and we would have won at least 9 games. Who knows what will happen? All I know is with the talent we have, the new talent soon to arrive, and a proven winning coach (yes, I went there!), I'm feeling very hopeful for not only this year, but the next few to come.

spacificislander writes:

How is a class that is 11 or 12 out of 14 in the conference above average??? Everybody gets a trophy.

TheSmokyMountainThatRides writes:

dang. i'm a 1 %ER. D

TheSmokyMountainThatRides writes:

you can keep top twenty. 10th to 11th in sec won't get it done.

VolGrad writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Getting Bell would have made this class an A, but I still give it a B+. Going from upper 40's to low 20's in ranking speaks to how hard the coaches worked during their 31 days on the job. Imagine what will happen with a couple of big wins and 365 days on the job.

Go Vols!

Not really disagreeing with your sentiments because I think what CBJ did in just 31 days was really impressive. However, to rate the class he brought in without adding on that sentiment, I think it is closer to a B- or B at best.

The addition of Miller and Carr on defense as well as Dobbs and North on offense was key in turning that class around. It was a train wreck in slow motion before he got here, and painful to watch. HE and his staff get an A for their hard work. The class is maybe a B. And you're right, signing Bell would have made it an A.

The fact that Jay flipped RB Jabo Lee helps to make this class a B. Still, it would have been good to get another RB.

They got several guys to flip their previous commits. That is the remarkable part. In 31 days they basically unraveled what other schools had done with those recruits over the past year and convinced them that Tennessee was the place to be. That is impressive. And yes, I am interested in seeing how well they do next February.

But right now..., can they coach? That will have a lot to do with their success recruiting as well.

Go Vols!!!

HooRay_Vol writes:

Although I give the team support and wish Coach Jones well (and I think he will do a heck of a lot better then Dooley), I'm still a realist. This class was a C at best. Anything else above it is just "looking with orange covered glasses".

Getting Bell, Skipper, Chongo K, Levenberry, Bellamy, Ford would have brought it up to B+ to A- range.

TheSmokyMountainThatRides writes:

in response to pcorange:

Back to show us what an idiot you are?

how is dude an idiot. vandy beat us. most everybody in the sec beat us. auburn destroyed us with a coaching staff as new if not newer. i believe cbj will get it done but gotta get some sharks on the staff to recruit. big east recruiters are nothing if not chum for the great whites in the sec.

bob.bigorange#605842 writes:

And these ratings of classes mean what? someone saying that this player is a 5 star and this one is a 3 star...........and 5 yrs from now the 3 star is an NFL player and the 5 star never played a lick. such subjectivity.
Means nothing - there is talent there - A-.

ooltewahorange writes:

I am very pleased with this class considering the circumstances. I am also pleased that 21 young men decided to wear orange and represent our tradition and values as fellow volunteers! CBJ has a legit plan and seems to be well organized. We are moving in a positive direction! GBO

jt45 writes:

in response to TheSmokyMountainThatRides:

how is dude an idiot. vandy beat us. most everybody in the sec beat us. auburn destroyed us with a coaching staff as new if not newer. i believe cbj will get it done but gotta get some sharks on the staff to recruit. big east recruiters are nothing if not chum for the great whites in the sec.

This time next year we can really see what CBJ is capable of. Dooley left a huge gap in recruiting that most of the schools did not have to overcome. Chizik is responsible for most of Auburns class. Vandy finally had a decent year
and Franklin had plenty of time to recruit.

Ole Miss must be serving up extra helpings of everything to turn out that class.

Orange_Power_T writes:

From just a recruiting standpoint....not bad at all. Not great but in consideration of all the peripherials, not bad. There is something to work with here.

Now all the naysayers are going to sling around the "11th in the SEC" quip. Well guess what? If you've paid attention to the last three seasons- it's as good as it gets. Imagine how poor this class could have been had there not been a coaching change? Imagine how better this class could have been if CBJ has been here five or six months? Our recruiting finished better than our standings nationwide. A five year loosing streak, a revolving door for coaches, and acceptance and admission levels all take their toll.

As far as how well our coaching staff pick turns out- remains to be seen. I truly hope that CBJ is the start of a successful new re-building process. I wont be shouting out for a winning season just yet- Dooley certainly broke me from that. CBJ seems to have the right emotions and work ethic, and normally that pays off in the long term. Here's to wishing the 2013 class success!

VOLSONTHECOMEBACK writes:

I'm not a big fan of looking at star ratings and think that it's mostly all hype. I believe that most of these services rate players based on who is recruiting them, how long they have been sending in film, how well their coaches market them, and what the top coach's evaluations are on them. However, when you have the pick of the litter and you are signing 8 or more of the top 100 players every class, you are going to get results. Tennessee has such a recruiting disadvantage for the following reasons:

1. Has the label as an unstable program (4 coaches in 5 yrs)
2. Has to recruit kids that are more than 5 hours away (hard to sell to parents)
3. Has to compete verse the best of the best (SEC has never been so strong and we have never been so weak)
4. Has a completely new staff (staffs usually recruit kids for more than 2 years. Our staff did it in 2 months)
5. Hasn't been to a bowl game in 2 years

This being said, I thought Butch Jones and his staff did an excellent job considering what they had to work with. I would give his staff an A- assuming the disadvantages. However, not considering the disadvantages and comparing this class to the rest of the SEC, I would give it a C+. I thought it was imperative that we signed at least 5 O linemen, 4 good safety/corners, 4 Linebackers, 1 elite running back, 2 good receivers, 1 good quarterback, 4 or more D Linemen, 1 kicker, and 2 tight ends. That would give us 26 players. I thought we did an excellent job at receiver, quarterback, tight end, and defensive end. I thought we did an average job on O-linemen and safety corners. Lastly, I thought we did terrible at running back and linebacker. Running back isn't as big of a deal, because running backs are a dime a dozen. We can find a great running back next year. My concern is the lack of depth at linebacker and defensive tackle. Seriously, when was the last time we signed an elite defensive tackle. It seems like it's been 10 years. I'm also concerned about our O-line after this year. We did not recruit one O-lineman last year and will be hurting in depth after our juniors and seniors go pro. We better get some good junior college guys cause we've been struggling on the big uglies the last 2 classes. Go Vols

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Gave it a C. But the Coaches get a reprieve due to the short time they were given. Missing DT's, quality RB, LB's. Areas that should be addressed in the next class.

Mboroalum writes:

in response to jt45:

This time next year we can really see what CBJ is capable of. Dooley left a huge gap in recruiting that most of the schools did not have to overcome. Chizik is responsible for most of Auburns class. Vandy finally had a decent year
and Franklin had plenty of time to recruit.

Ole Miss must be serving up extra helpings of everything to turn out that class.

Didn't Auburn hire Rodney Gardner a few months ago? That would explain Auburn's surge.
And I have no idea how Ole Mi$$ did it.......

GBO

tvol71 writes:

Disappointed with losing Bell, but clearly he was just a fair weather fan, not a VFL. Give Jones and staff a year and we will really see what they can do.

leedsvol2007 writes:

I rated the Class as C+ but am excited about the way Coach Jones got us some unexpected recruits and came close on other the previous staff ignored.

We filled needs at wide receiver, defensive end, defensive tackle,offensive line and quarterback but obviously did not come up with any five star Eric Berry types and did not come up with a clear home run hitter back although we landed one with promise provided he heals from his injury.

The most important goal for Jones and our Vols to do is show up next year and win a game or two we are not supposed to and be in the rest of the games showing he is a quality coach.

That will help his credibility and upgrade, at least on paper, our recruiting.

Jones and his staff proved they are energetic and persuasive if he shows he is a good coach next year we will be on our way to major improvement.

Overall this class is a good start.

GoVols!

JordanGrindstaff writes:

I agree with the limited time they had they did fairly well But if we dont go after some more juco players especially on the O-line, we are goona get destroyed for at least 2 years after this next football season. We have to get 7 wins this season to have a good recruiting class next year. With our O line and A dual threat Qb in Dobbs with a spread offense. I think it should be dobbs and fergusons job to battle for starter. I've seen worley play. He just doesnt have it. I think Dobbs has what it takes to take us to the next level and think he deserves some playing time his freshman season whether he starts or not. If we are getting blown out. put him in. If we are killing the other team, give him some playing time. If not you better redshirt him!!!

SCVFL writes:

in response to ooltewahorange:

I am very pleased with this class considering the circumstances. I am also pleased that 21 young men decided to wear orange and represent our tradition and values as fellow volunteers! CBJ has a legit plan and seems to be well organized. We are moving in a positive direction! GBO

Agree. A lot of hard work displayed by entire coaching staff. CBJ and staff only need to make belevers out of this group as well as the returning players. Confidence is everything. You must think, (no, you must KNOW) that you can win.
GO CBJ and staff
GO BIG RNG...VFL

BolivrBob writes:

A solid B. Two players short of a solid A..(Lawson and Bell). Coming from fortyish to twentyish in one month is a great job. Some success on the field this next season will lay a good ground work for the 2014 class.

espender#273698 writes:

No great RB, not enough linemen on either side, nor enough linebackers. That being said I go C+.

Navaloranges writes:

With the exception of the little attention starved high school boy dc, you have to rate this class a B IMO. Without this staff's ability to flip some key recruits, we would have been in trouble. They actually did a great job. Is this a "great" class, no. But it's a great start for this staff, and that's what they needed.

As far as the commodedoors outrecruiting us BY ONE SPOT, SO WHAT. ALL of our previous classes have been basically Top 10 classes with the exception of the 14th finish last year. The candies are as close as they are going to get and EVERYBODY except the Posers and Trolls know this to be true. It will change NOTHING as far as UT owning candy, NOTHING.

ll774u writes:

in response to greatdaysahead:

Just commented on another thread about Joshua Dobbs. That kid can be a rock star for us. Personally, I hope he can outshine Worley, Peterman, and Ferguson and starts at some point this season. Behind our O-line, our decent RB's, and the high ceiling of our receiving corp, our offense could realistically be among the best in the SEC again this fall. I feel like our defense is a cr@p shoot, but hey all we needed last season was a middle-of-the-road D and we would have won at least 9 games. Who knows what will happen? All I know is with the talent we have, the new talent soon to arrive, and a proven winning coach (yes, I went there!), I'm feeling very hopeful for not only this year, but the next few to come.

Hope all do well, but Charlie High will be the man!

chattabluetick writes:

Who cares about Bell.Guess the damage done by former staff was to much to overcome even for a player who grew up a Vols fan. Bring on the Berry twins in "14" and both are probably better than Bell already! This staff did a great job for the time they had. Now its all about getting to know Sophs and Juniors for future classes. A total disadvantage meeting players a month before trying to sign them. Got to get to know them a year or two before.

swampbuggy writes:

The important question is "Did UT get the people to fill the positions?"

I think they did. Now it's up to the coaches.

rdstephens writes:

The staff did a good job in a short time frame, but the class they put together is mediocre. The gap between UT and top-tier SEC teams got wider on signing day. This all falls at the feet of Hart. Jones was a desperation hire. Petrino, Tuberville, and Franklin are all better coaches and would have been better hires than Jones. The next 5 years will be no better than the last 5 years.

manniesghost1903 writes:

Several of you are probably correct in stating the Gap between UT and the top SEC teams. Others noted 31 days to try and sell your program was an obstacle which was difficult to overcome. I also was suprised by the staff's ability to "flip" several cmmitments to other schools.

It took Mike Hamilton and the UT Administration a short period of time to run the UT Athletic Department into the ground. I think Coach Jones has his work cut out for himself. In my opinion, it will probably be at least a decade and perhaps several more head coaches before the damage can be fixed. No Petrino, Tuberville or Franklin could have done better. At least Caoch Jones has got us on the right path.

RockyMtnVol writes:

This is a wait and see class, I am hoping these young guys are able to help. My eyes are on the WR, DB and QB positions. I think the 4 and 5* players give a more optimistic feeling. This class comes with a "I'm not sure" type...prove me worng CBJ.....PLEASE!

Go Vols!!

rkw2 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Below Vandy. Next question.

Yes...you are.

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