Tennessee already has 23 commitments in its 2017 recruiting class and we’re only at the end of July, but that doesn’t mean there will be a lack of movement in some of the names on that list before national signing day.
Like always, players will move on and find greener pastures for themselves. Likewise, if the Volunteers take care of business on the football field this year, they’ll upgrade a few of those guys in a haul that includes 20 3-star players and is the nation’s 11th-ranked class.
It isn’t that UT’s class is lacking; that’s far from the truth. With the epic group of in-state prospects hailing from the Volunteer State in this cycle, the Vols’ class just doesn’t look the way many predicted. Wideout Tee Higgins is going to Clemson, safety JaCoby Stevens‘ final four doesn’t include UT and other top Tennessee talent is leaving, too.
There are a bunch of players UT would still make room for if they wanted to jump on board, but there are also some positions that have become needs for the Vols.
For instance, even though the Vols bolstered their depth with the late addition of Oklahoma high school running back Jeremy Lewis, who’ll be eligible to play this year, they still need an elite runner in this class, especially if Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara go pro following the 2016 season.
Other needs abound, too, especially considering Tennessee will lose a slew of impact players after this season, including Joshua Dobbs, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Cameron Sutton, Corey Vereen, Dylan Wiesman and perhaps a bunch of underclassmen.
Let’s take a look at the five biggest remaining needs for the Vols in the ’17 class.
Source: Bleacher Report -SEC Football