Tennessee head coach Butch Jones hasn't landed any new commitments, but it's been an epic recruiting week regardless for he and Vols nation.
The most recent boon came Thursday, when 5-star defensive tackle Tim Settle, a 6'3", 318-pound monster from Stonewall Jackson High School in Bull Run, Va., tweeted a list of his top 15 schools in order, and UT was at the top:
As you can see, the Vols were followed in order by Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Texas before Settle listed his two home-state schools, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Whoever lands Settle will be getting a good one. Although he is only the No. 6 defensive tackle on the 247Sports Composite, he is the No. 19 overall player. (Yeah. It's a good year for tackles).
ESPN Scout's Inc. (subscription required) said Settle moves well for a player his size and offers a lot of scheme versatility, too, so it's not like he's your average 318-pound stiff. He can move the line or shoot the gap and plays with an energetic motor.
But Settle's not the only one fond of Tennessee. Earlier this week, the nation's top-ranked dual-threat quarterback, Torrance Gibson, tweeted his top 15 in similar fashion—and with a similar result:
Landing one or both of these players would be a coup for Jones, who already has Tennessee moving in the right direction after scoring the nation's No. 7 class in 2014, per the 247Sports team rankings.
In 2015, the Vols already have 11 committed players and place No. 7, once again, on the current team rankings.
We'll see if Jones can close the deal on Settle. With coaches such as Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Jimbo Fisher and Charlie Strong on his tail, holding onto this lead for another nine months might be difficult.
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