Where Tennessee Recruiting Ranks Following Early Signing Day One

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    The Tennessee Volunteers signed 20 players on Wednesday during the start of the early signing period. Tennessee brought in one quarterback, four linemen, two running backs, and four wide receivers on offense. On the defensive side of the ball, the Vols got a signature from four linemen, two linebackers, and three defensive backs.

    Additionally, the Vols were able to get three big names to commit and sign with Tennessee on Wednesday itself. Four-star running back Justin Williams, four-star defensive lineman Tyre West, and four-star edge rusher James Pearce.

    Following the day, Tennessee was considered as some of the biggest movers on Wednesday.

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    Rivals’ team rankings currently have Tennessee ranked at No. 11 nationally and No. 5 in the SEC behind Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky.

    Meanwhile, 247 Sports’ team rankings have Tennessee listed at No. 14 nationally and No. 6 in the SEC. Missouri is listed at No. 12 in 247’s rankings, which counts for the extra team compared to Rivals.

    According to On3 Sports’ team rankings, Tennessee is listed at No. 18 nationally and No. 8 in the SEC. In those rankings, LSU (No. 16) and Auburn (No. 17) rank above Tennessee in addition to the ones already mentioned.

    And lastly, according to ESPN’s team rankings for the 2022 class, Tennessee has the No. 22 rank nationally and lists at No. 10 in the SEC. Everyone in the conference except for Ole Miss (No. 25), Mississippi State (No. 28), Vanderbilt (No. 34), and Florida (No. 63) ranks above Tennessee in the recruiting class.

    Taking all of the rankings into consideration, Tennessee has, on average, the No. 16 class nationally and the No. 7 class in the SEC.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.