Vols to Host Nation’s Elite This Weekend.

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    Butch Jones said this week on Vol Calls that Tennessee could end up hosting as many as 200 visiting prospective student athletes this weekend for their game against Florida. I don’t know that the Vols will reach that number, but as of 2:30pm on Friday I have them at 44 in the 2015 and 2016 classes alone.

    Long before the season started, the plan was for this weekend to be one of Tennessee’s biggest recruiting weekends of the year along with the two ‘Orange Carpet’ weekends over the summer and the weekend of October 25th when Tennessee will host Alabama. Butch Jones and his staff have done a magnificent job of funneling an enormous amount of talent to Knoxville this weekend despite a huge slate of games across the country where other schools will be hosting big recruiting weekends as well.

    This is truly one of the most impressive visitor lists that I can remember in quite some time. The atmosphere should be electric thanks to good weather and the Checker Neyland fan movement, so it has really shaped up for a perfect weekend for the Vols if they can take care of business on the field. The Vols had great success in recruiting on the weekend of the Georgia game last year and this weekend looks to have even more energy surrounding it than that one did.

    We will have much more on this list of names and potential news coming out of the weekend in Monday’s State of the Vols column, but for now, here are the guys that we have heard will be making it in this weekend

    (We will be updating this list periodically throughout the weekend as names are added/dropped.)

    2015 Official Visitors:

    *Click on a linked player’s name to view his RTI recruiting profile.*

    – Micah Abernathy – DB

    – Patrick Allen – OL

    – Matt Burrel – OL

    – Ricky DeBerry – LB/DE

    – Johnny Frasier – RB

    – Mook Reynolds – DB

    – Darrell Taylor – DE (Vol commit)

    – D’Andre Walker – DE

    2015 Unofficial Visitors:

    Andrew Butcher – DE (Vol commit)

    Joc Bruce – ATH (Vol commit)

    Quinten Dormady – QB (Vol commit)

    Stephen Griffin – DB (Vol commit)

    Chance Hall – OL (Vol commit)

    – Dylan Jackson – DE (Vol commit)

    Jauan Jennings – QB/ATH (Vol commit)

    – Jack Jones – OL (Vol commit)

    – Chad Kelly – QB

    – Kahlil McKenzie – DT (Vol commit)

    – Vincent Perry – RB

    Quay Picou – DT (Vol commit)

    Rocky Reid – RB (Vol commit)

    Quarte Sapp – LB

    Austin Smith – LB (Vol commit)

    Zach Stewart – OL (Vol commit)

    Shy Tuttle – DT (Vol commit)

    – Ke’Shawn Vaughn – RB

    Preston Williams – WR (Vol commit)

    2016 Unofficial Visitors:

    – Gabe Angel – TE

    Dorian Banks – ATH (Vol commit)

    – Marquez Callaway – ATH

    – Jeremy Darvin – DT

    – B.J. Emmons – RB

    – Tavien Feaster – RB

    – Shug Frazier – DT

    – Rontavius Groves – DB

    – Mecole Hardman – DB

    – Elijah Holyfield – RB

    Ryan Johnson – OL (Vol commit)

    Austin Kendall – QB (Vol commit)

    – Jaleel Laguins – LB

    – Bryce Mathews – OL

    Marquill Osborne – DB (Vol commit)

    – Boss Tagaloa – DT

    – Nigel Warrior – DB