Tennessee Football: Volunteers' Top Remaining Recruiting Targets for NSD 2016

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Tennessee Football: Volunteers' Top Remaining Recruiting Targets for NSD 2016
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Tyler Byrd only recently became a realistic possibility for the Vols, who are closing quickly.

With a handful of highly ranked targets remaining on the board, a huge weekend worth of official visitors on tap and still three or four open spots, it's shaping up to be a potential sterling finish to the 2016 recruiting for the Tennessee football team.

The Volunteers have a couple of needs to fill, and they appear to be major players for several of the prospects who've been top targets for months. UT also looks like it's trending with another blue-chip star who hasn't been on the radar for long.

This cycle hasn't been as full of twists and turns or commits in clusters like the previous two classes under coach Butch Jones, but that's to be expected with such a small class.

But with the Vols expected to sign 20-21 players, the remaining few spots could be filled with the biggest prospects on the board.

A major Georgia duo is slated to be in Knoxville this weekend with Buford defensive tackle Derrick Brown and Peachtree Ridge defensive back Nigel Warrior. Both have been primary targets for nearly a year or more. Stud offensive lineman Landon Dickerson and defensive back Tyler Byrd also are on the docket.

Tennesee has courted Byrd, the friend of longtime UT running back commitment Carlin Fils-aime, for a while. However, with his long-standing pledge to Miami, his reciprocated interest in the Vols is a bit of a recent development.

All those guys could wind up giving Tennessee fans a national signing day to remember. So, with an emphasis on those top targets, let's take an in-depth look at the biggest remaining players on UT's board with one week to go until the big day on February 3.

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