Where Tennessee Recruiting Ranks Following Early Signing Period

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    Tennessee took care of business on day one of the early signing period, inking 20 players including all 17 commits and three new additions.

    Besides the nation’s top junior college prospect Jeffrey M’ba — who choose Auburn over the Vols — all of Tennessee’s targets made its college decisions on Wednesday.

    Still, there was action across the country on the final two days of the early signing period and the Vols moved slightly in the recruiting rankings.

    Rivals’ team rankings has Tennessee as the nation’s No. 11 recruiting class and the SEC’s fifth best recruiting class. Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia rank in the nation’s top three and Kentucky ranks as No. 10. Eight SEC teams rank in the top 15 and 10 teams rank in the top 25.

    The 247sports team rankings gives Tennessee the N0. 15 signing class in the country and the seventh best class in the SEC. Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia once again make up the top three with No. 11 Kentucky, No. 12 Missouri and No. 13 Auburn coming in ahead of the Vols.

    On3 Sports team rankings gives Tennessee the No. 17 class in the country and the eighth best class in the SEC. Once again, Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia make up the nation’s top three. No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Missouri, No. 14 Auburn and No. 16 LSU all rank ahead of UT. Eleven SEC teams rank in the nation’s top 25.

    ESPN is the lowest on Tennessee’s recruiting class of any major site. The Vols’ recruiting class ranks as the nation’s 22nd best and the SEC’s 10th best class. Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia make up the nation’s top three. Missouri rounds out the top 10 and Kentucky, South Carolina, Auburn, Arkansas and LSU rank between 11 and 20.

    Official rankings won’t be done until after the February signing day, but Tennessee’s class seems mostly set at 20 signees.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.