Tennessee Volunteers: Quick Updates from NFL Draft, Coaching and Recruiting

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Tennessee Volunteers: Quick Updates from NFL Draft, Coaching and Recruiting
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The dust has finally settled on a busy November and December for the Tennessee Volunteers. Here are some updates on players prepping for the NFL Draft, the beginning of the recruiting dead period and the finalized coaching staff.

It's not football time in Tennessee quite yet, but we're already getting geared up for it.

Underclassmen have until January 15th to decide whether or not they want to enter the NFL Draft. The Vols have Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter, Ja'Wuan James and Zach Fulton as potential early entrees.

The recruiting dead period has begun and will last until January 3rd. During this time, there can be no contact of any kind between coaches and recruits. Each side gets to consider all offers and make their next move.

Butch Jones promised to put together a staff of teachers, motivators and fundamentalists. As of yesterday, that staff is set and appears to be strong. Jones has brought in coaches who he has worked with, have southern/national recruiting experience and SEC ties.

Just because it's a relatively calm period for coaches doesn't mean it has to be for fans! Let's kick it off with the NFL Draft.

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