Recruiting is in full swing as Tennessee’s closes out the regular season on Saturday. Lowly Vanderbilt is the last remaining hurdle for the Vols to post their best regular season record since 2007.
The Commodores (4-7, 2-5 SEC) have Tennessee’s respect at least publicly. Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Vandy presents as tough a defensive challenge as the Vols have seen all season. Coach speak? Maybe. If not, the Vols (7-4, 4-3 SEC) had better be ready.
Here are five things to know:
- Tennessee LB/DE Curt Maggitt will take part in Saturday’s senior game festivities. That doesn’t mean his Tennessee career will be over after this season.
- The Vols are quietly having one of their best seasons running the football in almost a quarter of a century.
- Tennessee fans are hoping for a breakout season in 2016. Tennessee’s schedule could diminish the chances of that happening.
- Where does Tennessee rank in the SEC Country Power Poll? The Vols are rising.
- The nation’s No. 1 athlete prospect has shown strong interest in the Vols. Here’s how he plans to announce his decision.
Other Tennessee news from around the Internet
- Tennessee made Missouri coach Gary Pinkel a bit grumpy on Saturday.
- Tennessee quarterback commitment Jarrett Guarantano was determined to return this season in hopes of leading his team to a championship. He was back on the field on Friday.
- One of Tennessee’s primary targets has an official visit scheduled to an up-and-coming program in the Big Ten. When will Velus Jones visit Knoxville?
- Defensive tackle Kendal Vickers continues to improve, according to GoVols247.com’s Wes Rucker.
The best stories around the SEC
- LSU appears ready to jettison coach Les Miles. Where might he be headed? We pondered.
- Let the Iron Bowl trash talking begin. Alabama defensive back Cyrus Jones started it off.
- Florida responded to its lost appeal of quarterback Will Grier’s suspension.
- Could Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen be headed to Virginia Tech? One website that specializes in coaching rumors believes it could happen.
- Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche remains under medical care.