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Charles Mosley, Dewayne Hendrix among Tennessee football roster updates

Charles Mosley

Charles Mosley (photo by 247 Sports)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee freshman defensive lineman Charles Mosley will start his career at a whopping 374 pounds, a dozen pounds more than his listed weight during recruiting.

That was among the tidbits gleaned from Tennessee’s release of the updated weights and heights for first-year players on the Vols’ 2014 roster.

Collectively, Tennessee’s first-year players gained 84 pounds and lost 72 for a net difference of 12 pounds from their listed weight when signed.

In some cases, that could indicate a player losing or gaining weight on his own. In other instances, it could simply mean that their weight was artificially inflated or deflated during the recruiting process and this is the first “official” measurement.

Defensive end Dewayne Hendrix gained the most weight in the new release, growing from 252 to 273 pounds. That suggests he could eventually move inside to a defensive tackle spot. (Or perhaps could move inside sooner than expected).

On the other side, defensive end Derek Barnett dropped from 284 to 267 pounds, the biggest loss among first-year players. Barnett is another strong-side end who was expected to play as a big end or eventually move inside.

Hendrix also gained an inch in height and is now listed at 6-foot-4. Three first-year players gained an inch, two lost an inch. Some players, of course, are still growing. The shrinking players likely benefited from an inflated inch during the recruiting process.

Remember: our Tennessee summer roster always stays updated with arrivals, departures and depth chart changes.

 

Recruiting on the river: Sunday morning boating has become staple of Vols’ weekend visits

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The gorgeous photo of Knoxville and Neyland Stadium is courtesy Vols receiver coach Zach Azzanni‘s Instagram account.

He has all the basics of photography down pat — good lighting, good framing. He didn’t go crazy with filters. He held the camera the right way. Thumbs up.

The photos from the Tennessee River you often see on Sunday mornings are from morning boat cruises that the Vols arrange as a finale for weekend recruiting visits.

The boat tours offer a way for coaches and players and families to hang out in an informal setting while getting a scenic view of Knoxville. It’s become a tradition of sorts under coach Butch Jones.

The weather can play havoc with the plans in the winter. On Sunday, as the photos illustrate, there was a one-day reprieve from the cold. It was sunny and brilliant, with a high of 51 degrees.

The Vols were scheduled to have five verbal commitments take official visits this weekend: Derek Barnett, Jerome Dews, RaShaan Gaulden, Todd Kelly and Vic Wharton.

Running back Darrel Williams was also scheduled to be in town, as the Vols are seeking to add another running back to their class.

Photo publicly posted by Vic Wharton (No. 4, to right of Butch Jones) this weekend. https://twitter.com/vwharton4

Tennessee recruiting: Vols have needs but also flexibility on defensive line

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Butch Jones watches practice last week (photo by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s aggressive recruiting efforts show no signs of slowing, even as the Vols push past the 30-man limit in their class.

Cory Thomas was the latest player to verbally commit to the 2014 class.

Here’s a look at Tennessee’s class within the context of its current roster. Be sure to check out the disclaimer and details below.

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I’ve tweaked the breakdown above, adding a section for roster non-contributors. These are players who are in at least their second year in the program and have not contributed and don’t appear close to contributing right now. I didn’t want to single anyone out, but in order to provide a clear picture of the recruiting efforts, those numbers needed to be considered.

The usual caveat applies: This is a speculative exercise and may not match UT’s goals, strategy, etc.

The only major issue remains at defensive tackle, but that’s somewhat misleading, as many defensive tackles start their career at end.

Daniel McCullers (facing camera) chats with Trevarris Saulsberry before the Auburn game.

Even so, with Daniel McCullers and Daniel Hood graduating, the Vols would love to have more depth inside — both on the current roster, and in the 2014 class.

Who could grow into a defensive tackle? Anyone, really, including several options on the current roster. But if you’re looking for a big run-stuffer in the mold of McCullers, the options are more limited.

Dimarya Mixon (6-3, 265) is the only player listed as a tackle among the current group of commitments.

DaVonte Lambert (listed at 6-3, 275), Derek Barnett (6-3, 265), Thomas (6-6, 270) and DeWayne Hendrix (6-5 254) are all big ends, while Joe Henderson (6-3, 228) is in the lighter, weak-side mold.

Obviously, all heights and weights should be taken with a grain of salt, but compare those numbers to Hood (6-4, 277), McCullers (6-8, 351) and reserve tackle Trevarris Saulsberry (6-4, 291). Except for McCullers, the differences aren’t immense.

Marlon Walls (6-2, 272) is mainly an end now, although he’s played tackle before and frequently will move inside on passing downs when speed rushers come in.

Vols freshman tackle Jason Carr (6-5, 285) played briefly this year but will have a chance to earn more playing time in 2014.

Long story short, will defensive tackle be a concern in 2014? Probably. A crisis? Perhaps not.

Derek Barnett gives Vols 13 players with at least 4 stars in 2014 class

With 26 recruits currently committed, the geographic midpoint of Tennessee's 2014 class is in Ten Mile, Tenn.

With 26 recruits currently committed, the geographic midpoint of Tennessee’s 2014 class is in Ten Mile, Tenn.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — When defensive end Derek Barnett verbally committed to Tennessee on Wednesday he became the Vols’ second high-profile recruit to be added to the Class of 2014 this week.

The commitment also marked an impressive milestone in the still-growing class. Thirteen players — half of the 26 current verbal commitments — are listed at four stars or higher on the 247Sports Composite rankings, which reflect the industry consensus.

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The 26-man class has plenty of geographic diversity, but less Florida flavor than years past. That contributes to the geographic midpoint of the class — now in Ten Mile, Tenn. — being farther north than usual for the Vols (see map above).

The Vols have plenty of flexibility in how they decide to fill out the remainder of the class.

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My disclaimer on the “needs” list above: Barnett could conceivably gain weight and become a tackle, so the chart below is still flexible. A linebacker could add weight and become a defensive end. Some of the commitments can play receiver or defensive back. Others, like Neiko Creamer, have even more options. Also, the “goal” at each position is fairly arbitrary and shouldn’t be seen as the official UT recruiting strategy.

Four-star defensive end Derek Barnett commits to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee picked up its second commitment this week when four-star defensive end prospect Derek Barnett said he would sign with the Vols.

A student at Brentwood Academy in suburban Nashville, Barnett is 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds and projects as a strong-side end. He had offers from Florida State, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and others. His 247Sports profile is here.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones followed up with a not-so-subtle tweet a few moments later.