KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A few months after making a program-changing recruiting class official, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is off to yet another strong start to the 2015 cycle.
The Volunteers' 11 commitments currently sit ninth nationally, according to the 247Sports rankings. The class boasts a healthy balance of players at positions of necessity and a couple of elite playmakers at spots where talent in this class is a luxury.
Jones told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview that the Vols were going to "be in the mid-20s" as far as numbers in this class, even after signing a hefty 32 players in 2014.
As far as biggest needs?
"It gets back to the realities of where we’re at—needs everywhere," Jones said. "We're still down an entire recruiting class in the offensive line position. Being in a line-of-scrimmage league, it starts with the offensive and defensive lines. That's critical.
"Our needs are across the board. We're not to a point yet where one need is bigger than any other."
Tennessee must sign another quarterback (or two), plus a slew of exterior offensive linemen and interior defensive linemen as well as a few more defensive backs. With the class nearing the halfway mark, UT is fishing for the big boys.
Let's take a look at the summer report card for UT's haul thus far.