NCF On The Trail: Chris Weatherd

Best SEC classes by position 

September, 10, 2013

Top to bottom, the Southeastern Conference is recruiting better than any conference in the country. Thirteen of 14 SEC schools are ranked in the top 40 of the recruiting rankings, including six schools ranked in the top 10. Here's a closer look at which SEC school has the top recruiting classes at each position.

Strongest class: Alabama
This is the hardest position to determine who has the strongest class. Four of the top-five quarterbacks in the final Elite 11 rankings -- Sean White (Auburn), Kyle Allen (Texas A&M), Will Grier (Florida) and Jacob Park (Georgia) -- are committed to SEC schools. Alabama, however has the top-ranked quarterback, David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North) in the ESPN 300. The Under Armour All-American is the 32nd-ranked player in the nation. At 6-foot-5, 241-pounds, Cornwell has a big-time arm and ideal size for the position.

Running back

Critical positions in SEC recruiting 

September, 3, 2013

Each year college coaches prioritize their recruiting needs. Whether it's offensive or defensive linemen or skilled positions, there always seems to be an area that needs more attention than others. Here's a closer look at the most important position for each SEC team in recruiting this year.

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Tennessee having tremendous success in the junior college ranks is a good thing for the Volunteers, Michigan's attempt to crack Ohio State’s Glenville pipeline, and why Florida State landing a player in Maryland is bad news for the rest of the ACC.

Tennessee rebuilds with juco players

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Vols add junior college DT Lambert

August, 13, 2013
The Tennesee Volunteers continue to be one of the hottest teams in recruiting.

The Vols landed commitment No. 24 on Tuesday from junior college defensive tackle DaVonte Lambert (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military).

The 6-foot-2, 275-pound interior defensive lineman chose the Vols over offers from Florida, Auburn, Miami and Georgia, among others. Lambert announced his decision via Twitter and later confirmed his decision via text message.

The SEC is known for having big physical linemen on both sides of the ball. With Lambert's size and athleticism, he should help contribute early in his career in Knoxville.

Lambert becomes the fourth junior-college prospect to commit to the Vols, joining wide receiver Kameel Jackson (Arlington, Texas/Blinn College), outside linebacker Chris Weatherd (Carrolton, Texas/Trinity Valley CC) and wide receiver Eric Lauderdale (Fayetteville, Ga./Saddleback College)

Tennessee, which holds the No. 3-ranked class in the country, has 10 commitments in the ESPN 300 and 11 commits ranked as four-stars.

Juco LB ready to be a Vols leader 

June, 5, 2013
At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, junior college linebacker Chris Weatherd (Carrollton, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) is imposing physically. As he prepares for life in the SEC, look for Weatherd to be just as notable vocally.

Weatherd, who committed to Tennessee and head coach Butch Jones last Friday, said he will head to Knoxville, Tenn., with all intentions to be the ultimate leader. Weatherd said the Vols’ defense is in need of playmakers, and he has told defensive coordinator John Jancek and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen of his plans to be that kind of player.

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Juco LB Chris Weatherd picks the Vols

June, 1, 2013
Six-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker Chris Weatherd (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley CC) has elected to continue his career at Tennessee, multiple sources report.

Weatherd selected the Volunteers over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Florida and Texas State.

He is the cousin of former Oklahoma Sooner and current Denver Broncos defensive end Jeremy Beal.

With the addition of Weatherd, Tennessee now has 15 pledges for 2014. The Vols currently hold the nation's sixth-best class according to the ESPN RecruitingNation rankings.