The Tennessee Volunteers won the first ever BCS National Championship in 1998, and it's been downhill for the Vols since then.
So, picking out the top recruiting classes in what has been a mostly forgettable era of UT football is a difficult proposition.
But even though Tennessee has had some clunker classes that were supposed to be outstanding—looking at you, 2007 and 2009—the Vols have had plenty of talent commit in the past 16 years, even if they haven't done much with it.
UT was an SEC Championship Game victory away from playing for another national title in 2001, but after that Phillip Fulmer's dominance abruptly ended. Then, the Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley eras happened, and here we are.
Butch Jones has ushered in a new regime in Knoxville, one that has seen his first full Vols recruiting class surge to sixth in the nation per 247Sports. After a mediocre stretch of recruiting, it appears there will be talent again in orange and white. The question is will the Vols be able to do anything with it?
Let's take a look at the best Tennessee classes from the BCS era.
All recruiting information via 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.