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Tennessee is going to have a good year this year—you heard it here first (or second, or maybe 53rd).
With an easy non-conference schedule and a SEC East that is more winnable than you might think, Tennessee could come away with eight or nine wins this year.
What does this have to do with recruiting?
It's simple: wins mean recruits.
If you don't believe me, just ask Auburn. After winning the National Championship, they recorded one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, and winning the BCS National Championship definitely had something to do with that.
You don't have to win a National Championship, either.
Florida State didn't win their division, but they won nine games and a bowl, and pulled out maybe the best recruiting class in the country. Tennessee is recruiting kids right now on the promise of wins and the reminder of past glory. If the Vols exceed expectations this year, you better expect way more four and five-start recruits to come knocking.