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Tennessee Football’s Recruiting Class Flying Up Rankings In Late July

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Tennessee safety Jaylen McCollough. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

Just a week ago, Tennessee football’s 2024 recruiting class ranked 15th nationally according to the 247sports team rankings.

The Vols weren’t inactive on the recruiting trail but hadn’t had a red-hot stretch or the buzz on the recruiting trail that others have had over the last two months.

But Josh Heupel and his staff have had a dynamic week, landing two long time targets and blue-chip recruits.

First five-star receiver Mike Matthews committed to Tennessee over Clemson, Georgia and Southern Cal on Wednesday and became the highest rated commit in the Vols’ 2024 class. Tennessee built off the commitment by landing four-star Nashville linebacker Edwin Spillman over Ohio State Friday afternoon.

Both Matthews and Spillman were longtime Tennessee targets and players the Vols’ staff exerted an abundance of energy to recruiting. Landing both is a huge win for the Vols and it’s showing in the recruiting rankings.

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The two commitments bolstered Tennessee’s recruiting class from No. 15 to No. 8 nationally according to the 247sports team rankings. According to the On3 team rankings and Rivals team rankings, Tennessee’s recruiting class ranks seventh nationally.

With its class back in the top 10, Tennessee’s hot streak on the recruiting trail may not be over. Four-star Orlando cornerback Cai Bates is announcing his college commitment Wednesday with LSU and Tennessee being the two favorites to land his services.

Four-star Chattanooga receiver Amari Jefferson is committing in early August and is deciding between a top three which includes Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

The Vols are also top contenders to land four-stars Bennett Warren and Chris Cole who could announce college commitments in coming weeks.

Coming off its best season in two decades and the NCAA investigation in the rearview mirror, Tennessee football has an abundance of momentum. It’s showing up on the recruiting trail.

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