- Dave Hooker, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Todd Kelly Jr. (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb) was an attentive listener this morning to sports talk radio in Knoxville. That's how he learned Butch Jones would be the next coach at Tennessee.
"I think that he has a lot of work to do," the ESPN Watch List prospect said about Jones, who was hired from Cincinnati. "He needs to get a good coaching staff around him to compete in the SEC."
It's unclear how Jones will fill out his staff, but Kelly Jr. had two suggestions. First, he said Jones should keep assistant coach Jay Graham, who coached running backs for Tennessee last season. Graham was a standout running back for the Vols in the mid-1990s.
Kelly Jr. also suggested that the Volunteers hire Trooper Taylor from Auburn. Taylor formerly coached running backs and receivers at Tennessee, where he was considered one of the top recruiters on the staff.
"I think they need to get Trooper up here if they want to see some good recruits again," Kelly Jr. said.
Kelly Jr. has seen recent interest from Stanford. He has expressed strong interest in Alabama, where his sister is a sophomore and a cheerleader. Kelly Jr.'s father, Todd Kelly, was a standout defensive end for Tennessee in the early 1990s.