With addition of Midwestern ‘brick,’ Vols 2014 class continues to move north

The geographic midpoint of Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class as of Oct. 28, 2014.

The geographic midpoint of Tennessee’s 2014 recruiting class as of Oct. 28, 2013.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — When defensive end prospect Dewayne Hendrix verbally committed to sign with Tennessee in the 2014 class, Vols coach Butch Jones tweeted that he had added another “Mid-West brick.”

The addition of Hendrix, an O’Fallon, Ill., native, gives the Vols five Midwestern “bricks” in the 2014 class, pushing the geographic midpoint of the class about 100 miles north of the 2013 class that Jones patched together in the final weeks of the recruiting class.

The 28 current members of the 2014 class are centered on Kingston, Tenn., just a few miles west of Farragut. The 2013 class was centered on the Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia, near Ellijay.

Why did the class move north? Part of the impact is the Midwestern additions. But the Vols also have less of a south Florida influence than they did in Derek Dooley’s years.

Here are Tennessee’s current 28 commitments:

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