Tennessee football: Ranking position groups in Vols 2020 recruiting class with grades

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With a top 10 recruiting class, Jeremy Pruitt shored up lots of units for Tennessee football in 2020. Here is how each Volunteers position group looks.

For the second straight year, Tennessee football has 23 commitments in a recruiting class. This class, however, is in the top 10 across most services, and there’s an off-chance the Vols aren’t done depending on what five-star running back Zachary Evans does.

However, even without Evans, this class is spread out across all offensive and defensive positions. In fact, outside of quarterback, the Vols secured multiple commitments at every single position. So Jeremy Pruitt has a lot to be proud of with the class he put together.

Going forward, Tennessee football will obviously want to have even better recruiting class. But combining this with the transfers of Cade Mays, Velus Jones Jr. and Miles Jones has allowed Rocky Top to really address lots of needs.

At this point, UT finally has the depth and experience Pruitt was trying to build when he first arrived in Knoxville. It’s not exactly where it needs to be, but it’s enough to be able to compete in the SEC for a full season.

So where did he most address needs? In this post, we’re going to break that down. We will rank each position group by how good of a job Pruitt did there recruiting, and we will also give each one a grade. Obviously, kicker and punter are left off since nobody committed there.

Our criteria for this include the number of commitments, the star quality of the commitments, and the need at the positions. Yes, we have to take needs into account, as addressing that is what recruiting is all about. It’s also worth noting that three athletes committed. Each position they potentially could play will be factored in to that position group’s grade.

We will use Rivals for the star ratings of the different players. So let’s go ahead and see what that means for all the units on here. This is our ranking of all the position groups with grades in Tennessee football’s 2020 recruiting class.

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