No one seems to have any idea how many recruits Tennessee plans on taking in the current recruiting class. Initial speculation swirled around the idea that the Vols would sign a smaller class of around 18-20 recruits. However, any thoughts of a smaller class have been swept away by the recruiting storm that Butch Jones and the rest of the coaches have been creating out in the field, with seemingly non-stop recruiting events, visits from top-ranked recruits, and commitments. With the 2015 recruiting class sitting at 20 verbal commitments, it's time to look at the numbers and see what we can figure out.
Prompted by an excellent piece from State of the U (your source for all things Hurricane-related), I've created the following table, which shows all of the current scholarship players on the Tennessee roster, along with all of the verbally committed high school players. Although I don't expect this project to be completely accurate (because schools don't have a handy way to keep track of awarded scholarships), I'll do my best to update with commitments and de-commitments. Note that scholarships awarded to former walk-on players have not been tracked.
|Tennessee Vols Scholarship Matrix|
|Total (77) ||2015 (11) ||2016 (15) ||2017 (19) ||2018 (32) ||HS Commits||JR Commits|
||Justin Worley||Josh Dobbs, Nathan Peterman*||Quinten Dormady, Jauan Jennings|
||Marlin Lane, Devrin Young||Alvin Kamara**||Jalen Hurd, Derrell Scott, Treyvon Paulk||Rocky Reid||Dorian Banks|
Cody Blanc, Pig Howard, Johnathon Johnson, Von Pearson*
|Drae Bowles*, Jason Croom*, Marquez North, Josh Smith||Ryan Jenkins*, Josh Malone, Vic Wharton||Preston Williams|
||Brendan Downs, Woody Quinn||A.J. Branisel||Daniel Helm, Ethan Wolf||Kyle Oliver||Darel Middleton|
||Marques Pair*||Mack Crowder*, Dontavius Blair, Marcus Jackson*, Kyler Kerbyson*||Dylan Wiesman||Brett Kendrick*, Ray Raulerson, Austin Sanders*, Coleman Thomas||Chance Hall, Jack Jones, Zach Stewart|
||Jordan Williams||Allan Carson* (DT), Curt Maggitt* (DE), Trevarris Saulsberry* (DT), Owen Williams* (DT),||
LaTroy Lewis* (DE), Jaylen Miller (DE), Danny O'Brien* (DT), Corey Vereen (DE)
||Derek Barnett, Joe Henderson (DE), Dewayne Hendrix, Jakob Johnson (DE), Dimarya Mixon, Charles Mosley (DT/OL), Jashon Robertson (DT/OL), Michael Sawyers (DT), Kendall Vickers*||Andrew Butcher (DE), Dylan Jackson (DE), Kahlil McKenzie (DT), Quay Picou (DT)|
||A.J. Johnson||Kenny Bynum*, Justin King*, Jalen Reeves-Maybin||
Dillon Bates, Gavin Bryant, Neiko Creamer
|Cecil Cherry, Austin Smith|
||Justin Coleman (CB), Riyahd Jones||
LaDarrell McNeil (S), Gerald Orta*, Brian Randolph* (S)
||Malik Foreman, Lemond Johnson, Cameron Sutton (CB),||Elliott Berry, Evan Berry, Rashaan Gaulden (S), Todd Kelly, Jr. (S), Cortez McDowell (S), Emmanuel Moseley (CB), D'Andre Payne (CB)
||Jocquez Bruce, Stephen Griffin (S), Jaylond Woods|
||Matt Darr* (P)||George Bullock* (PK)||Aaron Medley (PK)||Tommy Townsend (P), Riley Lovingood (LS)|
|Key||Likely Starter||* = Redshirt||** = JUCO commits not yet enrolled|
The Vols are currently 7 scholarships under the 85-man NCAA roster cap with another 11 seniors on track to graduate, for a total of 18 available scholarships. Any additional players signed in the 2015 class would have to be preceded by departures of current scholarship players, up to the SEC maximum class size of 25 players. For those of you keeping track, that would be seven non-senior players leaving the roster if a regular 25 man class was signed (25 max - 11 seniors - 7 open scholarships = 7 player departures needed).