Tennessee Football: Top 10 Recruiting Targets for the Volunteers in 2011

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Tennessee Football: Top 10 Recruiting Targets for the Volunteers in 2011
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With the college football season coming to an end, it's time once again to shift the focus to recruiting. 

Recruiting is the lifeblood of every college football program. A coach can be one of the best motivators, evaluators and play-callers in the game, but if he can't recruit well, none of that will likely matter. 

Tennessee fans know this all too well. 

Phillip Fulmer was a renowned recruiter for much of his 17-year tenure at Tennessee. When his recruiting abilities began to take a dip, the product on the field and the lack of production in the win column cost him his job. 

Lane Kiffin came in, made a splash, and began re-stocking some of the talent that had been lacking. Kiffin nearly single-handedly destroyed some of the inroads he made at Tennessee when he left for USC following his only season at UT. 

Derek Dooley inherited a program with severe problems in the numbers department. The credit for Dooley's first recruiting class in 2010, ranked No. 9 by Rivals.com, mainly went to Kiffin as the former coach assembled much of that class before leaving for USC three weeks before National Signing Day. 

The 2011 class will be all Derek Dooley and staff. Here are some of the top targets going into the final few weeks before signing day. 

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