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The geographic midpoint of Tennessee’s 2014 class? For now, Riceville gets the honor

This map shows the geographic midpoints of recent Tennessee recruiting classes. The Class of 2014 has not been finalized.

This map shows the geographic midpoints of recent Tennessee recruiting classes. The Class of 2014 has not been finalized.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The geographic midpoint of Tennessee’s 2014 class is farther north and closer to Knoxville than it has been in at least six years.

That was the takeaway from the News Sentinel’s analysis on Tuesday (available for subscribers).

Why the shift north?

Butch Jones has added a couple of prospects from his old stomping grounds in the Midwest. But a bigger factor is the lack of any South Florida presence. For the first time since 2008, the Vols won’t have any prospects from the Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach areas.

If the hometowns of all 34 current commitments in the 2014 class are weighed equally, the geographic midpoint falls just 60 miles southwest of Neyland Stadium, near Riceville. (That map marker could change slightly based on last-minute changes, which is why we’re giving it an asterisk for now).

Here’s the midpoint of the other classes we reviewed. Want to find midpoints yourself? This site is really cool.

*Class of 2014: Riceville, Tenn.

Class of 2013: Calhoun, Ga.

Class of 2012: McDonough, Ga.

Class of 2011: Newnan, Ga.

Class of 2010: Memphis, Tenn.

Class of 2009: Trenton, Ga.

The 2011 and 2012 classes — both recruited and signed exclusively by Derek Dooley and his staff — are remarkably close. They’re both in the south suburbs of Atlanta.

The only real head-scratcher on the list is the Class of 2010, which is about 300 or 400 miles west of all the other midpoints. That class had several California prospects, which skewed everything west. If you take away three of the four West coast kids, the midpoint looks much more normal.

Here’s the map that shows all the midpoints if you want to take a closer look.

Tennessee’s seniors have endured 4-year SEC record of 6-25

Ja'Wuan James

Senior Ja’Wuan James talks to reporters at SEC Media Days in August (AP photo by Dave Martin)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s seniors are rallying around the idea of finishing the season 1-0.

The alternative is too depressing to think about.

The Vols (4-7, 1-6 SEC) play Kentucky (2-9, 1-6) on Saturday in Lexington (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.)

Win or lose, Tennessee’s seniors will leave with the worst four-year record in school history.

You can read my full story in the News Sentinel’s HUGE Thanksgiving Day paper.

As of today, Tennessee is 20-28 overall and 6-25 in the SEC since 2010.

The numbers are so astonishingly bad that I double-checked just to make sure that I wasn’t miscalculating. I wasn’t.

What’s even more remarkable is this: Tennessee’s signing class was ranked No. 7 nationally in 2009 and No. 8 in 2010 (according to the 247Sports Composite ratings, which aggregate all major recruiting services).

That’s an important reminder that recruiting is only one part of the equation. Developing and retaining the most talented players when they arrive on campus is equally important.