The Tennessee Vols currently have the No. 2 ranked 2021 recruiting class in the nation, but 247Sports doesn’t think that’s where the program will finish.

In fact, they don’t even think the Vols finish with a top five class.

247Sports writer Brandon Marcello recently made some predictions for the 2020 season and he has Tennessee’s 2021 recruiting class finishing similar to last year’s class (which finished at No. 10).

Here’s what he had to say:

In fact, the Vols’ composite rating with one less signee in the 2019 class was higher (261.5) than the haul of 24 players today (259.7). The Vols finished No. 10 in the 247Sports Composite for the 2020 recruiting class, by the way, and a similar finish should be expected with this 2021 class.

Tennessee is on the right path under Pruitt with top-10 recruiting classes, and they should be competitive in the years ahead, but landing in the top 10 or top 15 nationally usually means a middle-of-the-road recruiting finish within the SEC.

Marcello isn’t totally wrong here. If the Vols’ 2021 class looks the same in February that it does in early June, then they’ll probably finish in the No. 8-14 range.

But does anyone actually think Tennessee’s 2021 recruiting class is done?

Jeremy Pruitt and his staff are still actively recruiting highly rated players.

Just because the Vols currently have 24 commits doesn’t mean those 24 players will be part of Tennessee’s class on signing day. There’s going to be some attrition. It’s the nature of recruiting.

The Athletic’s David Ubben recently suggested that UT is operating as though they only have 17-20 players committed, which would leave plenty of room for some quality additions.

Marcello’s statement may be right on June 1, but will it be right next February?

Not if Jeremy Pruitt can help it.

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