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Tennessee Volunteer Football: Evaluating the 2012 Recruiting Class

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Tennessee Volunteer Football: Evaluating the 2012 Recruiting Class
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The Vols have high hopes in 2012 after a strong recruiting class.

While many programs across the nation were celebrating their recruiting classes thanks to ESPNU and its extravagant coverage, Tennessee was quietly signing a strong group of youngsters.

According to the ESPN class rankings, the Volunteers brought in the 21st best class in the country, which includes 21 overall commitments—two from ESPN 150 and six four-star recruits.

This class is nothing to sneer at.

It may not be comparable to the likes of SEC rivals Alabama and Florida, but the class fills some holes. Included are some skill players that could impact the Vols upcoming season and beyond.

Looking at the class overall, it could help Tennessee as they progress through the Dooley-era and bring about some positive change in 2012.

However, it isn’t perfect and might bring some issues for Dooley and company later on down the road.

Here are some gaps and gifts:

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