With a new head coach in place, the Tennessee Volunteers won't really know what kind of trajectory they're currently on until the 2015 season. At this point, all the freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have been recruited and developed under Butch Jones. From this group, who could the starters be?
Obviously, attrition, JUCO transfers and outstanding youngsters that will have just arrived in 2015 make these predictions imperfect. There may be a huge commitment tomorrow from a 5-star cornerback that completely changes the outlook of the 2015 season. That's not the point.
The point is answering the question, "Is Tennessee building a program that attracts top-quality coaches and players that will ably compete in the SEC in three years?"
I say yes. Here's why...