The Tennessee coaching staff had a busy spring and early summer on the recruiting trail, which caused a slow July.
The Class of 2018 stands at 18 commitments and ranks as the No. 5 class in the country and best in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
August is the last month the coaching staff can make recruiting headway before games begin.
What are some recruiting goals for Tennessee this month?
Find a linebacker
The search for a linebacker continues for the Vols.
Tennessee has turned up pursuit of outside linebacker prospect Adam Anderson over the past month.
Anderson’s high school teammate and friend, Jamarcus Chatman, committed to Tennessee in June.
The duo attended Tennessee’s final camp of the summer together on July 20.
Anderson, the No. 2 outside linebacker in the class, will continue getting a lot of attention from in-state school Georgia. As long as Chatman stays committed to Tennessee, the Vols remain in play.
A possible safety-valve option for the Vols is Cordova, Tenn., native Cam Jones.
Jones plays multiple positions for St. Benedict at Auburndale High in Memphis, Tenn., but he possibly could project as a linebacker. If Tennessee envisions Jones as a linebacker, he could be a prime candidate as well.
Find a second tight end
Recent Vols commit Tanner Antonutti played some tight end for Ensworth High School in Nashville, but he will be an offensive lineman in college.
Tennessee holds a commitment from tight end Jacob Warren, but the search continues for a second TE in the Class of 2018. Prospects Tommy Tremble and James Mitchell top the list, though the Vols might not lead on either.
Tremble’s father played for Georgia and the Bulldogs have been pursuing him. Notre Dame likely will factor in, as well.
Mitchell released his top 5 on July 20 featuring Tennessee, Duke, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Georgia.
Tennessee must unseat Virginia Tech as the leader for the Big Stone Gap, Va. native, though.
Continue pursuit of CB Jaycee Horn
Cornerback Jaycee Horn cut Tennessee out of his top 2 in favor of Alabama and South Carolina.
Butch Jones and Co. didn’t give up on their pursuit of Horn, though.
The Vols appear to be back in the running, too.
Horn took a trip to Knoxville on July 22, a day after visiting Alabama. He likely will visit South Carolina before making an ultimate decision.
Tennessee should look at the situation as playing with house money. There is nothing to lose now it is back in the race.