National Signing Day went a tad differently for Tennessee compared to the early signing period.
The Vols did a lot more striking out on Wednesday with top prospects. Tennessee came close with a number of top prospects but was unable to land any of the uncommitted prospects.
Holding onto outside linebacker prospect JJ Peterson was the biggest bright spot of the day. There was some worry Alabama was going to flip him, but coach Jeremy Pruitt and his staff were able to hold onto him.
Tennessee signed 14 prospects in the early signing period. It followed up the effort with six signees on National Signing Day.
Where does this leave the Vols’ class ranking?
*all rankings are based on 247Sports composite team rankings
Where Tennessee’s 2018 recruiting class ranks nationally
2018 Signing Class: 20 (nationally)
Tennessee came into Wednesday with a ranking about five spots higher. Losing commitment Anthony Grant and Jordan Young helped the class fall a little bit. Landing linebacker Quay Walker would have also given the rankings a little boost.
Where Tennessee’s 2018 recruiting class ranks in the SEC
The Vols have the eighth-ranked class in the SEC. It is also far behind rivals Georgia and Alabama who closed out the day at first and second in the SEC and first and seventh nationally, respectively.
Where Tennessee’s 2018 recruiting class ranks historically
2017 Signing Class: 17 (national), 7 (SEC)
2016 Signing Class: 14 (national), 7 (SEC)
2015 Signing Class: 4 (national), 2 (SEC)
2014 Signing Class: 7 (national), 5 (SEC)
2013 Signing Class: 25 (national), 11 (SEC)
So, a little perspective with the class. It will finish a little better than Butch Jones’ first class with the Vols.
Jeremy Pruitt put together a strong class with pieces which can contribute in the next season or two.
National Signing Day was disappointing, but the finished product could have been much worse than the final result.