Q: Will the Vols be able to add another running back to offset Kendall Bussey’s decommitment?
A: That’s the worst part about Bussey’s decommitment if you’re Tennessee. The Vols essentially parted ways with both Jaason Lewis and Bryce Love after picking up a commitment from Michigan running back John Kelly two weeks ago because they thought they had their running back class sewn up. The staff reportedly spoke with Bussey on numerous occasions to make sure that the addition of Kelly wouldn’t impact his standing in the class, and Bussey repeatedly told them that he was solid to the Vols. Current commits that visited Knoxville this weekend were apparently floored yesterday when news of Bussey’s decommitment broke after he had maintained to them all weekend that he would be signing with Tennessee on Wednesday.
Now Tennessee is left with one fewer running back than they originally wanted, and they may not have enough time to convince another player to take his spot. If I had to guess, I would say that Jaason Lewis is likely their best shot at adding anyone – unless another name emerges this week – but I don’t think that Lewis is likely considering that he cancelled his visit to Knoxville this past weekend. Obviously, had Tennessee known that Bussey was wavering, then they likely would have brought Lewis in for a visit, but now it looks as if the coaching staff will be too short-sided to be able to replace Bussey.