Tennessee's vaunted football recruiting class is loaded with talent.
That's not to say the Volunteers' current haul of prospects for the 2014 class is devoid of holes. However, this class—currently ranked third by 247Sports—is exactly the kind of recruiting resurgence Butch Jones needs in his first full year on the trail to help get UT back in the SEC picture.
A team needing offensive playmakers and defensive speed has them on the way. While there's no way for Tennessee to meet every need after Derek Dooley and Lane Kiffin gutted the depth and talent on the roster, Jones has gone a long way in addressing the issues that have led to three consecutive bowl-less seasons.
If everything stays the way it is right now (it won't), 57 of UT's 85 scholarship players at the time of the first snap of Jones' second season will have been recruited by him. The 2013 class was 23 deep, while the Vols now have 33 commitments for the '14 class.
There likely will be a few defections and additions to this year's class with still a couple of months left until national signing day, so that is a changing number. But the bottom line is Jones is flipping the roster as quickly as possible.
If Tennessee can hang on to everybody currently in the fold, this team will improve dramatically from a speed, talent and depth standpoint as early as next year. This is just the kind of class the Vols need to get back into the race.
Recruiting rankings aren't everything, but if these high-profile recruits live up to their billing, the Vols have a star-studded group on their hands, and they'll be back in a bowl game in 2014.
Let's take a look at five positions where this class is currently stacked.
Quotes were gathered firsthand unless otherwise noted.
Star rankings courtesy of 247Sports.