You can't develop mediocre players into great SEC talents in just four years. Recruiting is more important in this conference than in any other for that very reason, and the Tennessee Volunteers know that for sure. Dating back to 2007, it's fairly easy to power rank Tennessee's last five recruiting classes.
This is a "looking back" power ranking. After all, why not take advantage of the old adage that "hindsight is 20/20"?
The loaded 2007 class that featured five Rivals 5-star recruits didn't develop as we had hoped, while many recent classes have been huge contributors for the Vols.
Here are my rankings for the recruiting classes from 2007 to 2011.