3. RB Ty Chandler
Running back was a top priority in this class, and while the Vols missed on some other big targets, Chandler, an in-state prospect, picked Tennessee in the summer and the No. 5 rated back in the nation stayed loyal. Now he’ll get an opportunity to play early with Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara out of the equation. John Kelly showed enough in 2016 to be considered the primary back heading into 2017. But Chandler, one of the most prolific backs in state history, could easily see a lot of playing time as well. Expect him to compete with Carlin Fils-Aime and fellow newcomers Tim Jordan and Trey Coleman to be that 1B back behind Kelly.