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Recruits are buying Butch Jones’ message at Tennessee

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With just over a week until signing day, Rivals’ top five recruiting classes are as follows: Alabama, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Florida State.

One of these things is not like the others.

Tennessee hasn’t played in a bowl game, let alone contended for a BCS bowl, since 2010. The Vols haven’t won eight or more games, or been ranked in the final AP poll, since 2007, when they went 10-4 under Phillip Fulmer.

But recruits are nonetheless buying into the sales pitches of Butch Jones and his coaching staff — case in point, four-star running back Derrell Scott committing to the Vols on Monday over South Carolina, a program that’s won 11 games in each of the last three seasons, as well as Florida.

“They didn’t have their best year, but everybody fought and played hard,” Scott told Go Vols Xtra. “That showed a lot to me.”

Tennessee’s fourth-ranked class features two five-star commits, 15 four stars and 16 three stars. A year ago, Tennessee signed five four-star recruits and 15 three stars.

Jones didn’t have a ton to work with in his first year at Tennessee, though a 23-21 win over South Carolina stood out. The Vols suffered a heartbreaking loss to Georgia, too, though weren’t competitive against Oregon, Alabama, Mizzou or Auburn.

It’s worth noting elite recruiting classes aren’t guaranteed to turn into on-field success. But with Tennessee, Ole Miss and even Kentucky putting together highly-ranked recruiting classes and Mizzou winning a dozen games last season, the SEC is getting awfully strong beneath its upper echelon.

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15 Responses to “Recruits are buying Butch Jones’ message at Tennessee”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Jan 27, 2014 4:30 PM

    If you visit columbia, sc then any place you visit afterwards is going to look awesome in comparison. It’s just not a pretty city or campus. Spurrier has done a great job building a decent team in that cesspool of a town. No offense to cesspools…

  2. bigdinla says: Jan 27, 2014 4:49 PM

    Still think it’s bs they have other 30 commits. Besides early playing time always sells.

  3. spunhead73 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:00 PM

    Not hard to recruit at OSU. All Meyer has to say is,come play for me,we play a soft schedule year in and year out.

  4. jets12 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:38 PM

    If anyone would know about cesspools it would be Classlessjackass. No offense to cesspools.

  5. mgmac says: Jan 27, 2014 5:41 PM

    Good ol’ Rocky Top, Rocky Top, Tennessee!

  6. afrancis55 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:44 PM

    They’re only ranked so high because they have a preposterous amount of commits. 16 three stars is nothing to write home about. 33 commits how do they plan on signing that many? And I though Saban was bad at over signing…

  7. hearsaystaff says: Jan 27, 2014 6:24 PM

    Butch Jones also benefited by being the first coach in the new state of the art Anderson Training Facility. The facility rivals any school in the nation, including Oregon.

  8. irishdodger says: Jan 27, 2014 7:43 PM

    33 commitments?!? What rules are they playing by? I’ll assume some will be early enrollees but that means they should currently be in Knoxville attending classes. Another group of them will likely be to dumb too dumb to qualify. The more things change…the more they stay the same.

  9. manik56 says: Jan 27, 2014 8:49 PM

    aTm did well in the BCS. 0-1. They really do belong with Bama , OSU, & FSU.

  10. parkerfly says: Jan 27, 2014 10:38 PM

    I saw somewhere they had around 15 early enrollees already on campus. plus they had extra scholarships from not signing full classes and also planned on greyshirting a few. i think that’s how they were making that many recruits work.

  11. bralinshan says: Jan 27, 2014 11:28 PM

    I’m pretty certain that they wouldn’t play Rocky Top for the recruits visiting the campus.
    Anybody that’s ever heard that song played 1,765 times per game is subject to hanging themselves.

    That song is the WORST college anthem in America. It reminds me of Ned Beatty in Deliverance…

  12. 1consports says: Jan 28, 2014 7:59 AM

    @irishdodger: “likely to dumb too dumb”

    Sounds like you are clearly the one who is too dumb. And yes genius, a big number of those 4 and 5 stars are in Knoxville attending classes.

  13. 10ecaggie says: Jan 28, 2014 2:08 PM

    Depending on whether you like rivals, 247 or scout, but the one I read (247) shows 0 5 stars, 16 4 stars and the rest are 3 stars. There can be a lot of hidden talent in many of those 3 stars and I’m happy for the long suffering Vol fan, but this article is honestly looking for more of a story than actually exists.

  14. smith1414 says: Jan 28, 2014 3:10 PM

    Awwwwwww Some body doesn’t like Rocky Top.
    I’m sorry kid go bitch elsewhere rammer jammer
    Yellow hammer nother bammer in the slammer.
    I like that one

  15. volruleroversec says: Jan 30, 2014 3:32 PM

    Wish that I was on ole rocky top,
    Down in the tennessee hills.
    Ain’t no smoggy smoke on rocky top,
    Ain’t no telephone bills.

    Once there was a girl on rocky top,
    Half bear the other half cat.
    Wild as a mink, sweet as soda pop,
    I still dream about that.

    Rocky top, you’ll always be
    Home sweet home to me.
    Good ole rocky top,
    Rocky top tennessee, rocky top tennessee.

    Once two strangers climbed on rocky top,
    Lookin’ for a moonshine still.
    Strangers ain’t come back from rocky top,
    Guess they never will.

    Corn won’t grow at all on rocky top,
    Dirt’s too rocky by far.
    That’s why all the folks on rocky top
    Get their corn from a jar.

    Rocky top, you’ll always be
    Home sweet home to me.
    Good ole rocky top,
    Rocky top tennessee, rocky top tennessee.

    Now I’ve had years of cramped up city life,
    Trapped like a duck in a pen.
    Now all I know is it’s a pity life
    Can’t be simple again.

    Rocky top, you’ll always be
    Home sweet home to me.
    Good ole rocky top,
    Rocky top tennessee, rocky top tennessee.

    Rocky top tennessee, rocky top tennessee.
    Yeah rocky top tennesee eee eee eee.

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