Dillon Bates gives Vols a 4th linebacker in 2014 Class

Dillon Bates

Dillon Bates (photo from News Sentinel partner 247Sports)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee can still add as many another 10 to 12 players to its 2014 class, and already the numbers are starting to look more reassuring.

The late addition of Kendal Vickers to the 2013 class will give the Vols plenty of defensive linemen this year, helping to cushion the blow when at least six players move on after the season.

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At linebacker, last week’s verbal commitment from Dillon Bates will go a long way to shore up the other worrisome spot on defense. The Vols already have four linebacker commitments in the class, and have plenty of time to go after more.

Judging by my unscientific and estimated roster breakdown, the only glaring hole left is at offensive line, where the Vols are pursuing both high school and junior college players to fill the gaps left by five departing starters after this season.

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