The Tennessee Volunteers are looking for immediate-impact players, and the early enrollees who are trickling onto campus this week have a golden opportunity to capitalize on earning major playing time.
Head coach Butch Jones will welcome at least 13 mid-term signees into school for the spring semester, and UT can enroll up to 14. The Vols will reach that number if just one of a couple more potential candidates meet academic requirements.
Those new Vols hold a significant advantage over their classmates because they will have eight months with UT strength coach Dave Lawson, an opportunity to participate in individual workouts and—most importantly—a spring practice under their belts.
The major benefit for UT is some of its most talented commitments in a loaded 2014 recruiting class are coming in early. With those guys at the very least providing depth right away, the stars of the future will quickly become the names of the present.
If they come in and get to work early, they'll be instrumental in helping the Vols get to a bowl game next season. Let's take a look at the early arrivals who will work their way into the playing time rotation in 2014.