It's that time of year.
Time when college football is proven to be an eight- month sport rather than four.
Time when fans, mostly men in the 22-to-40 age range, constantly surf the Web for news about how many 18-year-olds will sign on the dotted line to play football at the 22- to 40-year-olds' favorite schools.
I despise this time of year. But I also love it.
When Lane Kiffin left the Vols high and dry barely one week ago, the Vols staff was working on a Top 5 recruiting class.
That class was pretty much shattered with Kiffin's departure—a departure that would have been much easier to take had it not happened less than a month before National Signing Day.
It's not time to fret, however. Derek Dooley is known as a great recruiter, and he's been doing some great recruiting of his own.
Along with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, a Kiffin holdover, Dooley and the rest of the newly hired staff are trying their very best to bring in the best athletes possible in such a short amount of time.
In the next few pages, I will discuss who is in, who is out, and who might be thinking about becoming a Tennessee Volunteer.