Tennessee Football: Position-by-Position Grades for 2016 Recruiting Class

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Tennessee Football: Position-by-Position Grades for 2016 Recruiting Class
Credit: 247Sports
Nigel Warrior is one of the jewels of UT's class.

The paint has dried on the 2016 recruiting class two weeks after national signing day, and now the Tennessee football team and everybody else can begin to examine their hauls and set the focus for next year's group of prospects.

For the Volunteers, the new class came in 14th nationally by the 247Sports composite ratings, which means it wasn't as highly regarded as coach Butch Jones' last two classes.

But with limited numbers, UT did just fine. The top of the list of 21 commitments is loaded, and the back end has plenty of upside.

That doesn't mean the Vols met all their needs, however.

Tennessee fell short on the defensive line, and the class of two is in jeopardy of being trimmed even further with JUCO defensive tackle Alexis Johnson suspended indefinitely after being arrested for aggravated assault and false imprisonment this week, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel's Dustin Dopirak.

If Johnson's career never gets off the ground, it'll be a big blow to the Vols' defensive tackle depth in '16 and moving forward.

In other areas, however, the class soared. Skill-position players and the exterior of the offensive line are two areas that stand out. The secondary haul may be the best on paper in school history.

All in all, it was another strong year on the recruiting trail, even if the Vols didn't make quite as much noise throughout the cycle with commitment after commitment. A huge finale that saw them sign Nigel Warrior, Tyler Byrd, Latrell Williams and Jonathan Kongbo in the final 36 hours solidified a good class.

Let's take a look at position-by-position grades for Tennessee's recruiting class, taking into consideration whether needs were met and how many players the Vols could afford to sign in a small class.

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