Can The Vols Add One More To Their 2014 Class?


Sep 21, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones reacts against the Florida Gators during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Vols’ 2014 class currently has 34 commitments and is ranked as a top ten class.

That would be more than enough for most programs.

But not for Tennessee.

The Vols are looking for more and since they’re officially out on five-star defensive back Adoree’ Jackson, they’ll turn their full attention to four-star defensive tackle Michael Sawyers.

Sawyers is from Nashville, TN (Ensworth) and possesses great size with his 6’2″/300 lb frame. 247Sports rates him as the 24th best defensive tackle in the nation and the eighth best player in the state of Tennessee.

The Nashville native previously committed to Vanderbilt, but decommitted when head coach James Franklin left for Penn State.

According the 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions, Ole Miss is the favorite to land Sawyers, but Tennessee has certainly made this a heated recruiting battle.

Sawyers visited Ole Miss last weekend, but the Vols will be fortunate enough to host the talented defensive tackle on the last weekend before National Signing Day.

Tennessee still needs to do a lot of work to land Sawyers, but it’s definitely within the realm of possibilities that he could end up on Rocky Top.

The Vols’ woes on the defensive line are well documented and a guy like Sawyers could provide some immediate help.

As with any recruit, he won’t make or break this class, but a commitment from Sawyers would be a perfect way for the Vols to close out their 2014 recruiting class.