Tennessee Football: Analyzing Volunteers' Top Five 2015 Recruiting Targets

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Tennessee Football: Analyzing Volunteers' Top Five 2015 Recruiting Targets
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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones landed one of the nation's top recruiting classes in 2014, and if he's going to repeat the feat, he'll have to close the deal on some of UT's top remaining targets.

The Volunteers are off to a solid start, as their class of 11 commitments is currently ranked ninth nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

That haul includes one 5-star and four 4-star prospects.

Though there are some early concerns (see: quarterback recruiting), it's difficult to complain about what appears to be another fast start on the trail.

UT has positioned itself quite nicely to restock the pantry on the offensive and defensive lines—a major necessity for this year's class. The Vols have already landed the nation's top-rated wide receiver in Preston Williams as well as the state's top player in Jauan Jennings.

A class that finished with 32 commits last year should be followed up by one that reaches "the mid-20s" in number, as Jones told Bleacher Report a couple of weeks ago. To reach that number, Jones still has more than half the class to fill.

Some of the nation's top players have Tennessee on the tips of their tongues, and it'll be interesting to see how many believe in Jones' pitch and ink their scholarship papers for the Vols.

The basis for ranking these players combines their caliber as prospects, Tennessee's desperate-need positions and the mutual interest between them and UT.

Let's break down the Vols' top five targets on the cusp of camp season and summer evaluations.

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