Tennessee had a rocky October on the recruiting trail, to say the least.
The Class of 2018 has lost three commitments this month.
The Vols record has fallen to 3-5 and coach Butch Jones might not last through the end of the season.
See how Tennessee fared with its October to-do list.
1. Keep the class intact
As previously mentioned, Tennessee did not pull this off. The Vols entered the month with 23 commitments and only room for two more prospects.
The Vols are now down to 20 and looking to fill in the gaps.
Brendon Harris, Jatavious Harris and Lyn-J Dixon all de-committed amid the poor play from the Vols. Brendon Harris has since committed to Vanderbilt.
The shakiness of the coaching situation has contributed a lot to the uneasiness of the commits. It might actually be considered a win for the coaching staff that only three prospects from the Class of 2018 de-committed.
Still, losing commitments was something Tennessee could ill afford to let happen.
2. Figure out who the last offensive commit will be
This obviously changed when Tennessee lost offensive commitments from wide receiver Jatavious Harris and running back Dixon. There is now room for three more offensive prospects in this class.
Tennessee continues to pursue offensive lineman Jerome Carvin from Cordova, Tenn. Mississippi State appears as a bigger threat with each passing week, though.
Tennessee seemed like it wanted to bring in four wide receivers at one time. It certainly wants three. With commitments at wide receiver from Taylor and Shocky Jacques-Louis, this position might become more of a priority.
Jeshaun Jones is a prospect Tennessee has been after for a while to fill the wide receiver void.
3. Figure out the final addition on defense
Tennessee linebacker target Cam Jones committed to Indiana in October. The Vols had recently jumped back into his recruitment after pulling away over the summer. It would have been a tough climb.
The Vols seem to be circling in on linebacker Caleb Johnson. He seems to fit what Tennessee is looking for in the position because he can rush the passer and drop into coverage.
The Brendon Harris de-commitment also opens another spot for another defensive take. However, there isn’t a clear target behind Johnson at this point.