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— Josh Lively (@jhlredsox) December 26, 2013
It is always difficult to pinpoint just one guy, but I will point out a few that I think will be immediate impact players who can help in critical areas and also list some prospects who have a high ceiling for development. Let’s start off with some impact players. Tennessee needs offensive weapons as badly as anyone and this has been a focus. Therefore the additions of Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) and No. 2 ranked juco player LaVon Pearson (Newport News, Va./Feather River College) will be expected to play significant roles within this scheme to add to Alton "Pig" Howard and Marquez North. Considering the losses along the offensive line, OT Dontavius Blair (Anniston, Ala./Garden City Community College) will likely be expected to start right away. As far as some high ceiling prospects, we think TE-Y Daniel Helm (Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) has a bright future as a movement flex TE who is very gifted in the passing game. Once DE Dewayne Hendrix (O’Fallon, Ill./Township) gets into the weight room we feel he could really escalate over time. The key for this Tennessee class is for 70 percent of the players to pan out. That would be a great number. There are always going to be misses, but Butch Jones and his staff have done a great job addressing needs and winning the state. As many as 14 of these prospects will be mid-year guys which is huge as many will likely be expected to play. There will be disappointments and there will be guys who exceed expectations, but mostly this class needs to be the one that starts producing wins.
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