Signing Day Recap

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Lane Kiffin’s first signing class has officially materialized this week following the late commitment of Louisiana native Janzen Jackson. In VolWatch’s opinion this recruiting class is a big success considering Kiffin had only two months to recruit players and most of that time was spent putting together a coaching staff giving the coaches even less time to recruit players. The Big Orange signed 20 players this year and the class has been ranked 18th by, 17th by and 15th by ESPN. Standouts of this class are safety Darren Myles JR, of Atlanta, CB Janzen Jackson, and WR Nu’Keese Richardson who de-committed from Florida and signed with Tennessee on Wednesday.

Kiffin also began putting up the proverbial fence he promised to put around Tennessee recruiting wise when he was first hired. The Vols signed former Hillsboro star and state championship MVP, Eric Gordon. Paris, Tennessee native Marsalis Teague also de-committed from Florida on Wednesday before signing with the Vols. The pair of four-star prospects are both expected to play Corner back in college however; Teague could also see time as a slot receiver. Seven Tennessee natives are part of this year’s recruiting class.

There are a pair of a potential diamonds in the rough with this class as well. Stone Mountain, GA native Robert Nelson given only one star by and three by Rivals is considered by UT’s staff as one of the best linebackers in the country and was rated by the staff as a five star prospect. They felt that Nelson has been underrated because of his height at only 5-11. However, the rock of Monte Kiffin’s defenses in Tampa Bay, Derrick Brooks, is listed at only 6 foot himself. Sounds like the new UT coaches knew exactly what they were looking for and got it with Robert Nelson. OL coach James Cregg also called OT prospect JerQuari Schofield the best tackle in the country. Based on the film he has watched of over 50 tackle prospects.

View a complete list of Tennessee’s commitments here:

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