2010 Volunteer Recruiting Overview The University of Tennessee Volunteers recruiting class is shaping up to be a good one. At the end of the regular season they have the 7th best rated class in the country. Coach Noknee has an impeccable record of recruiting at ND was able to work some of his magic by taking over in week 4 and still developing a strong competitive class. The focus of the class was to pick up JUCO players and taking risks on players seemingly a lot of teams didn't want because of character or discipline issues. The reason to take the risk is to hope for a quick turnaround for the UT program. The talent is graduating with this season, especially at the skill positions. So to counter this the recruiting emphasis has been on JUCO and less sought after players to hopefully be able to come in and play right away. Class Summary Five Stars - 3 Four Stars - 7 Three Stars - 1 Two Stars - 0 One Stars - 0 5 Star Prospects ATH Herbert Hurd: 6'2, 190 pounds, Denison, TX. This athlete who will most likely be converted into Evan Poole's replacement at FS once Poole goes to the NFL, has solid speed and a nose for the football. He has a lanky frame and needs to put on some more weight before his potential can be fully realized. He has solid speed running in the low 4.4s and is currently playing both ways at his current junior college by playing Corner and running back. UT returns solid corners next season so the plan is to move Hurd to one of the safety positions most likely. Either way it will be hard to keep this player off the field to make an immediate impact on next year's defense. QB Jacob Jackson: 6'3, 228 pounds, Fern Creek, KY. much like current UT QB Brent Smith when he came in, Jackson has solid accuracy but his arm strength is a concern. He has has a large NFL frame with the strength to back it up as is 313 bench max will attest to (one of the best in the nation for his position) and while he doesn't have elite speed, he has enough to be mobile in the pocket to buy extra time. Despite the fact that the Volunteers have 4 QBs for next season Jackson will look to start right away coming frm a JUCO. SS Scott Robinson: 5'10, 183 pounds, Harrodsburg, KY. This is another player the UT staff is excited about. While he doesn't exactly pass the eyeball test, his instincts are second to none, and he is 183 pounds of solid muscle. A few years in the UT weight and conditioning program and he'll be turned into a monster out on the field, especially if he's able to maintain that 4.44 speed. Four Star Prospects DT Sean Brown: 6'1, 259 Pounds, Albany, GA. HB Alfred Connor: 5'11, 212 pounds, Kendale Lakes, FL. DE Daniel Daniels: 6'6 232 pounds, Noblesville, IN. WR Derek Green: 5'11,183 pounds, Bay City, TX. TE Will Griffin: 6'4, 249 pounds, Gibson, AR. DT Kyle Guillory: 6'4, 275 pounds, Mount Pleasant, TN. WR Anthony Mays: 6'1, 185 pounds, Norwalk, OH. Three Star Prospects DT Matt Meyer: 6'4 256 pounds Warrensburg, MO. Further write ups will be done later in the week for the rest of the class. Tennessee still has needs at MLB and C for next season, they look to be targeting 3 star Reggie Williams out Kentucky for the MLB spot, and it seems that the recruiting staff will wait until the offseason to decide what to do about the C gap. Tennessee will most likely lose their top 3 offensive weapons next year in Smith, Oliver, and Rogers. The offense was the reason they were able to rack up a BCS bid this year, so it will be interesting to see if this class can come in and play right away. There will also be a restructuring of the team in the offseason where a number of cuts will be done to improve the team's flexibility in recruiting. 6 QBs and 7 CBs on one team will not bring a BCS title back to Knoxville.