Tennessee Football Recruiting: Meet the Volunteers' 2014 Class

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Tennessee Football Recruiting: Meet the Volunteers' 2014 Class
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On Wednesday, Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones etched in ink the finishing touches on his first full recruiting class, and it is one that has exceeded everybody's expectations.

The Volunteers class is huge (32 players), and it's strong. In fact, it is ranked sixth by the 247Sports Composite Rankings, which compiles rankings from the four major recruiting services. That's frankly incredible considering that the Vols have endured four consecutive losing seasons.

National Signing Day brought with it a bit of drama. UT won a major battle to secure Michael Sawyers, as the big 4-star defensive tackle and No. 8-ranked Tennessee recruit chose the Vols over Ole Miss and a host of others, according to GoVols247's Wes Rucker (subscription required).

Meanwhile, Cory Thomas did the expected and flipped from UT to Mississippi State, according to MSU 247Sports' Paul Jones.

In the end, Jones' mixture of enthusiasm, relentlessness and salesmanship revived the Power T and put "Tennessee" on the tips of prospects' tongues all across the nation.

A depleted Vols team that was outclassed all over the football field during Jones' first season will receive a much-needed injection of youth and talent next season. Let's take a look at this massive class that has everybody on Rocky Top excited and the recruiting nation buzzing.

Here are all the players signed by the Vols in 2014 and everything you need to know about them.

 

All prospect information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.

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