The Tennessee Volunteers were looking at a 2013 recruiting class outside of the top 40 just a week ago. But Butch Jones' coaching staff got a flurry of recent commitments and is in the running for several more. There are a number of them that have excellent chances to start this fall.
Even after a third consecutive losing season—just the second time such a run has ever happened on Rocky Top and the first since 1911—the Vols are turning out a solid recruiting class.
Paul Fortenberry of Rivals thinks Tennessee will still finish the recruiting season ranked somewhere between No. 17 and No. 22. Such a strong ranking (especially considering the circumstances) would be a great sign of things to come.
Most importantly, Tennessee is adding players that can contribute early and often. Here's a short list of the future freshmen who have the best chance of starting next season.