For a 10th consecutive winter, either Alabama or Georgia is expected to finish with the No. 1 class in the 247Sports.com team rankings following Wednesday’s traditional national signing date. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide held the top spot annually from 2011 to 2017 and again last year, with Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs breaking through to collect the premier haul in 2018.
Tennessee has not added any commitments since the December period…
Tennessee may wind up with a fifth consecutive class ranked outside the top 10, with last year’s contingent having been ranked 13th. The Vols had the N0. 4 class in 2015, when Butch Jones reeled in defensive tackles Kahlil McKenzie and Shy Tuttle, defensive end Kyle Phillips, inside linebacker Darrin Kirkland, offensive tackles Drew Richmond and Jack Jones, athlete prospect Jauan Jennings, receiver Preston Williams and junior college running back Alvin Kamara.
“I don’t think you always have to sign a top-10 class,” Callahan said. “The thing I point to all the the time, and this is a little different because it’s an ACC team, but before Clemson won the (2016) national title with Deshaun Watson, they had top-15 classes in three of the previous four years and one top-10 class mixed in there,” Callahan said. “If you can stack top-15 classes on top of each other and can keep players on campus — that’s something the previous staff at Tennessee did not do a good enough job of. If you can minimize the turnover and the attrition and keep getting top-15 classes, that can give you a chance.
Cue the obvious…