After new ratings, Josh Malone moves to top of Tennessee’s 2014 class

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Running back Jalen Hurd has been the highest ranked player in Tennessee’s 2014 class since he verbally committed to the Vols last March.

But a small tweak in the ratings has moved another in-state offensive star ahead of him. Receiver Josh Malone now has a 0.9818 rating in the 247Sports Composite, which combines the rankings of all major recruiting services into one poll. That’s just ahead of Hurd’s 0.9793 rating.

Hurd is no longer a consensus five-star player. He just misses the cutoff, ranked the 36th best player in the country according to the Composite index.

With recruiting in the home stretch, there are likely to be few if any changes between now and National Signing Day. Of the Vols’ 34 commitments, there are 15 four-star players and 19 three-star prospects.

In the newest update, in-state lineman Charles Mosley jumped up a couple of spots to 14th in UT’s class with an 0.8948 rating. Linebacker Kevin Mouhon moved down a tad and is now just below the four-star cutoff in the Composite. Cory Thomas moved ahead of two future teammates and is now the 23rd-rated prospect in the class.

Here’s the full list of UT verbal commitments.

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