Tennessee fans have been waiting for a successful season for a while now. This could finally be the year that the Volunteers turn around their misfortune and begin winning some football games. They return 19 starters from a year ago and are one of the more talented, young teams in the country. They have a solid recruiting class coming in as well.
As for the 2013 class, the Volunteers have already picked up 14 early commitments, including big-time players such as wide receiver Camion Patrick and safety Kameron Miles. However, there are many other players that are still considering Tennessee.
Here are some of the latest updates on your Tennessee Volunteers' 2013 recruiting.
Jordan Wilkins is a big running back at 6'2", 205 pounds and is very elusive in the open field. He is a 4-star recruit with great field vision and doesn't do much dancing in the backfield.
He is really interested in Michigan and Auburn, but considering that he is from Cordova, TN, it would be foolish to rule out the Volunteers just yet.
"Auburn, Vanderbilt, Michigan and Tennessee are my top schools," he said. "I want to see Michigan, and you never know what could happen or what could change things" (via ESPN).
It looks like each of those teams will eventually get their shot. He is expected to make his decision sometime before his senior season of high school begins.
Jalen Ramsey is one of the top recruits out of the state of Tennessee. He is a speedster, who can play either side of the ball, a long athlete and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands.
While he is considering the Volunteers, many believe that the USC Trojans are gaining ground in the race, as he has taken two trips out West.
"I'm very serious about them!" Ramsey stated in a text message to ESPN. "They are a top school."
Will he leave his home school for a school across the country? It sure would not make Volunteer fans happy, especially with Lane Kiffin being the head coach of the Trojans. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the next couple of months.
David Williams is a complete running back out of Philadelphia, PA. He has a great combination of speed and power, along with a great pair of hands to become a threat in the receiving department. He has recently trimmed his huge list of offers to down to just 10 schools, and the Volunteers are one of those schools he is still considering.
“It’s an unofficial top 10,” Williams said, via Scout.com. “It’s Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, South Carolina, Arizona State, California, Tennessee and Nebraska.”
Tennessee is one of the few schools he has already visited, along with South Carolina and Wisconsin:
I learned that the program is making a dramatic turnaround. Coach [Derek] Dooley has changed the program since he first got there. The facilities are amazing. They rebuild it. They put in like $60 million, $70 million for the football players.
The most recent 2013 commitment for Tennessee comes from offensive lineman Dan Skipper. The 3-star recruit isn't your average lineman, though—he is 6'8", 285 pounds.
With such a ridiculous long frame, Skipper is able to gain an advantage in run--blocking. He is also a very physical player and has a nasty streak to him.
“It was definitely a big part of my decision because of the quality of the SEC,” Skipper said. “The atmosphere there is incredible, and I know I’m making the right choice” (via ESPN).
Skipper also had offers from schools such as Vanderbilt, Virginia, Arizona State and Washington, among others.
Lucas Wilson is a 3-star tight end out of Winston-Salem, NC, who really likes the Volunteers. In fact, he is coming off of his second visit to Knoxville, and he told Scout.com that it couldn't have gone any better:
It went really well. I feel like I did pretty well and I got a lot better feel for coach Graham and my position coach. I definitely got more acquainted with all the coaches and felt more comfortable after the trip.
Wilson is a 6'4", 215-pound player, who has great hands and runs strong routes. He plans on checking out Maryland and Florida soon and would like to make his decision by the end of the summer.