Quick. Tennessee's biggest need in the class of 2011.
Uh-huh. Defensive tackle.
I thought I'd take a quick look to see where Tennessee stood on DTs and whether there were any good DTs out there who just had their world rocked by a coaching change to the school to which they were committed. Word of warning, I did this all in about ten minutes.
Tennessee commits at DT:
- Allan Carson 2 stars (6'0", 327)
- Maurice Couch 4 stars (6'2", 295)
- Trevarris Saulsberry 3 stars (6'4", 252)
Okay, heading to Gainesville first. DT's committed to Florida:
. . . .
That's right. None. Huh?
Southward on to Miami.
[Stopping to ask for directions. Learned Miami is not in the same location it used to be. It's not in the Top 50. Turning around and heading north to Pittsburgh.]
DT's committed to Pitt:
Well that's more like it. Unfortunately, Mosley-Smith never showed any interest in anyone other than Pitt, and Wright never showed any interest in Tennessee. He does have Florida State, Miami, and South Carolina on his list, though, so he's worth a contact, probably.
Looking at the list of DT recruits, most are committed to schools that haven't booted their head coaches. Timmy Jernigan -- the 3rd best DT in the nation, according to Rivals -- is not committed. Tennessee is on his "medium interest" list with several others. He has Alabama, Florida State, LSU, and Michigan listed as "high interest." No. 10 Gabe Wright is also uncommitted and has Tennessee on his impressive offer list, but shows only Auburn as "high interest."
That's all I have time for right now. What else can y'all find?