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Recruiting. The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

My post is not unique.

Fans, media pundits, and coaches have addressed the issue (ad nauseam) about college football recruiting, the process, and the results. The quick and dirty on recruiting from a numbers perspective for a FBS school is: The NCAA allows football teams to add up to 25 new scholarship players to the roster per academic year, so long as the total number of scholarship players does not exceed 85.

If you do the basic math: that gives a team enough scholarship players to have three players for every offensive and defensive playing position excluding kickers and punters. Even then, that leaves a team 19 "extra" scholarship players. That seems easy enough.

So, why doesn't it "always" work out?

Attrition: Kind of a nasty little word that basically defines a loss in manpower without replacement. Technically, schools get to "replace" lost players annually, but it’s what happens after the player makes that four year commitment. No school is immune, but some manage it better than others.

Based on most analysis, Tennessee football hit its current slippery slope in 2008. The Vols opened the season ranked # 18 nationally, but lost its opening game at UCLA in OT. The Vols have never been ranked since, spanning a period of 73 consecutive games and accumulating a win-loss record of 33-41 under 4 different head coaches.

A major portion of that 2008 roster would have included players recruited by Fulmer in 2006. This is the beginning of this analysis. I simply share what most every Vol fan knows but maybe have not seen it organized in this fashion.

The chart will be simple. Column 1 is the recruiting year; column 2 will include the total number of recruits signed; column 3 will indicate the national rank of that class as measured by Rivals.com; column 4 will indicate the total number of players who completed their career at Tennessee or were drafted early by the NFL. No names/ just numbers. Included in column 4 will be players that are currently enrolled on the roster. (if applicable)

Finally, column 5 will show how many SEC schools finished ahead of the Vols based on Rivals.com. This is intended to place some perspective relative to the programs the Vols face regularly.

The point: Simple: Recruiting itself does not stand alone.

Year

Total Recruits

National Rank

Players completed or active

# of SEC schools ranked ahead of UT

2006

22

23rd

8

6

2007

32

3rd

12

1

2008

18

35th

12

9

2009

21

10th

5

3

2010

25

9th

15

4

2011

27

13th

18

5

2012

22

17th

16

5

2013

21

21st

20

9


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