NCF On The Trail: Jack Jones

Midyear additions: Tennessee

January, 13, 2015
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Tennessee has announced the addition of 10 players to its football roster, according to UTSports.com:

Andrew Butcher, DE
HT: 6-3 WT: 249
Positional Rank: No. 8 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 67)
Under Armour All-American

Quinten Dormady, QB-PP
HT: 6-4 WT: 210
Positional Rank: No. 14 QB-PP
Stars: 4

Stephen Griffin, S
HT: 6-3 WT: 187
Positional Rank: No. 47 S
Stars: 3

Chance Hall, OT
HT: 6-4 WT: 292
Positional Rank: No. 43 OT
Stars: 4

Jauan Jennings, ATH
HT: 6-3 WT: 186
Positional Rank: No. 16 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 185)

Jack Jones, OG
HT: 6-4 WT: 271
Positional Rank: No. 9 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 112)
Under Armour All-American

Alvin Kamara, RB
HT: 5-10 WT: 200
Positional Rank: No. 2 RB (JC)
Stars: 4
ESPN JC 50 (No. 2)

Darrin Kirkland Jr., ILB
HT: 6-2 WT: 228
Positional Rank: No. 7 ILB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 271)

Kyle Phillips, DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 260
Positional Rank: No. 18 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 164)

Shy Tuttle, DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 310
Positional Rank: No. 6 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 41)
Under Armour All-American

Can another strong class get Vols over the hump? 

January, 2, 2015
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Coach Butch Jones has done a tremendous job of recruiting in his first few years on the job at Tennessee. The Vols finished with a top-five class last year and are on pace for a top-10 class this season, as well. The Volunteers, who currently have the sixth-ranked recruiting class in the country, have 26 commitments, including nine who rank among the ESPN 300.

Randy Edsall knows recruiting is the lifeblood of his program, and he is really impressing local coaches with his effort. Plus, don’t be surprised if you see NC State finish with a flurry.

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Help is on the way: SEC 

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Almost midway through the season and teams such as Arkansas and Texas A&M have shown the obvious strengths of their teams with their running backs and wide receivers, respectively. But in most cases every team has an apparent weakness, too. Here’s a closer look at how each team in the SEC will address its needs through recruiting.


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Programs off to fast start in 2015 

November, 19, 2013
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While recruiting is undoubtedly a marathon and not a sprint, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with a good start.

The key for any program is being able to sustain and finish strong, and only time will tell which programs will be able to do that, but what we do know is which teams are off to a fast start in the Class of 2015. Below are the five programs that are leading the pack early for 2015, as well as a few other notable fast starters:


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RecruitingNation released its first ever ESPN junior 300 on Tuesday, and a slew of already-committed prospects have put five programs out front early in the recruiting cycle. Here they are, in alphabetical order.

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Jack Jones talks Tennessee verbal

May, 17, 2013
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Class of 2015 offensive lineman Jack Jones (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland) committed to the Volunteers earlier this month. He spoke with the Tennessean about his decision:

"It was hard not to commit on the spot [when UT offered]. But I wanted my family, my coaches and the people close to me to talk to. I wanted to think about it, and pray to God."

"My dream is to run out of the T," Jones added. "That dream is starting to come true."

Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee also extended early scholarship offers to the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect. Kentucky showed interest.

Volunteers secondary coach Willie Martinez served as Jones' primary recruiter.

Two other in-state prospects, defensive tackle Zach Stewart (Coalfield, Tenn./Coalfield) and athlete Jaylond Woods (Lenoir City, Tenn./Lenoir City), committed to the Volunteers' 2015 class in April.

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