With 15 commitments, Vols are halfway home in 2014 recruiting race


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — National Signing Day is about eight months away, but Tennessee is already halfway to the finish line in building its 2014 class.

The Vols have 15 verbal commitments, or roughly half of the prospects UT will be able to sign in February.

Two more prospects have committed since the last time we updated the list. (As always, for those who are new, the spreadsheet above is for speculative and informational purposes only, and may not represent UT’s recruiting plan).

Chris Weatherd checks in at No. 5 on the Vols’ commitment list, ranked according to 247Sports Composite rating. The junior college linebacker from Texas will have a chance to get in the rotation immediately, as the Vols will lose six senior linebackers after this season.

Defensive end Joe Henderson, No. 8 on the list, is from the Cleveland, Ohio, area, which Butch Jones and his staff recruited heavily during each of his last two stops. UT is also graduating six defensive linemen after this season.

The two additions pushed the geographic midpoint of UT’s class to the north and west. The 2014 Vols are centered on Whitleyville, Tenn., just south of the Kentucky border.

The average UT commitment has 3.4 stars (using the 247Sports Composite).

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