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Top 5 College Football Recruiting Classes: Tennessee

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Every year college football and recruiting analysts attempt to rank the nation’s top prospects and recruiting classes for college football’s top programs. Once again the SEC is leading the pack in terms of recruiting. After a fairly disappointing year for the SEC in terms of bowl games it is time for the conference to rebuild and reload for another year of brutal conference play.

 

Kicking off the top five 2015 recruiting classes is the University of Tennessee according to ESPN.com. After a few tough years in regards to coaching and overall win/loss records the Volunteers seem to be on an upward trend back to the top of the SEC East division. Head coach Butch Jones returns a roster full of young talent that is highlighted by talented junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs and sophomore running back Jalen Hurd. The Volunteers showed potential for a breakout 2015 season after a dominating 45-28 victory over Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl. Bringing in another top recruiting class will add further depth to an already young and talented roster.

 

Tennessee already has a handful of top commitments. 5-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie of Concord, CA ranks sixth overall nationally and is ranked as the second best DT in this year’s class. He has strong connections to the Volunteers with his father, current Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, and his uncle, Raleigh McKenzie, being former football standouts at the University of Tennessee. His 6’3” and 354lb frame combined with outstanding athleticism and quickness makes McKenzie a valuable addition for the Volunteers.

 

4-star WR Preston Williams from Hampton, GA could add a significant downfield threat for the Volunteer offense this Fall. He is ranked in the top 50 in the 2015 class and the seventh best WR. At 6’4” and 192lbs he will be a tough target to stop especially if William’s can become a serious red zone threat in 2015. Williams demonstrates tremendous ball skills and is tough to tackle after the catch. His speed is not the best with 4.75 40-yard dash time, which is why he is not more highly ranked, but Williams can certainly develop into strong weapon on offense that will add another dimension to the Volunteer’s spread attack. 

 

Adding more depth to the defensive backfield for the Volunteers is 4-star CB Justin Martin from Miami, OK. Ranked second among 2015 corner backs and eleventh overall, the 6’2” 190lb Martin should be able to cover some of the top SEC receivers in the upcoming years. He has great size for a defensive back and combined with phenomenal speed with a 4.30 40-yard dash gives Martin the potential to become a shut down corner in the SEC. While Martin will need to improve on his tackling skills, there is great upside due to his raw athleticism.

 

The Volunteers have 10 early enrollees in their 2015 class, which will give them some extra time to adjust to the demanding life of being an SEC football player. Another highly talented recruiting class has Tennessee ready to make a run at the SEC East title against favorites Georgia and Missouri. If Jones and his staff can groom the immense amount of raw talent on the roster then the Volunteers could once again return to being a perennial power in the SEC. Building on the momentum from the end of the 2014 season is key for Tennessee and college football fans should be excited to watch the young Volunteers perform in 2015. 

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ESPN.com

Tennessee.247sports.com

UTsports.com