Vols Making Last Run At Coveted Recruits


Nov 9, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers fans cheer against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Volunteers currently have 34 players — including 14 already enrolled — in their 2014 recruiting class, which leaves very little room for more recruits.

But the Vols are looking to add a couple of more — two in particular.

Defensive back Adoree’ Jackson and running back Derrell Scott.

Jackson is a consensus five-star DB from Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra). 247Sports rates the 5’9″/182 lb DB as the number two player in the state of California.

Florida and USC still appear to be the front-runners for Jackson, but Tennessee has managed to remain in contention down to the end.

Unfortunately for the Vols, they won’t be the only ones visiting Jackson as this battle goes down to the wire.

The Volunteers have already added some impressive defensive backs to their 2014 class, including Vol legacy Todd Kelly JR and D’Andre Payne, the latter of which is already enrolled.

But a player like Adoree’ Jackson, with his 4.44 40 speed, would instantly be one of the Vols’ top five 2014 players if he were to commit to Tennessee.

A commitment from Jackson would also likely vault the Volunteers’ class back to the top five. Not to mention it would add to Butch Jones’ already strong recruiting reputation.

Derrell Scott, the other player the Vols are hoping to add, is a four-star running back from Havelock, NC (Havelock). Scott, 5’11″/180, is rated as the fifth best player in the state of North Carolina.

Scott is apparently down to South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, but the Gators appear to be losing ground quickly, leaving either the Gamecocks or the Vols as the likely landing spot for the talented running back.

Vols running back coach Robert Gillespie and the rest of the Vol staff are prepared to finish strong, as they hit the road with Scott as one of their top remaining targets.

The Vols’ 2014 recruiting class is already very impressive, even if they don’t add another commit. If the Vols manage to add just one of their two top remaining targets, then Tennessee fans should be extremely happy.

If the Vols manage to somehow add both Jackson and Scott, then Vol fans should be ecstatic.

Butch Jones has already proved to be a master-recruiter. The way he’s been able to recruit top players to a team that’s went 5-7 for three consecutive seasons is beyond amazing.

Jones will soon have the Vols winning again and when that happens, the rest of the recruiting world better watch out.