The early signing period is a little over eight months away, yet the Tennessee Vols still don’t have a player committed to its 2022 recruiting class.
In a “normal” year, this would be cause for panic. Recruiting classes are normally filling up by this date on the calendar.
But due to COVID-19 (and the lack of recruiting visits), this recruiting cycle is anything but normal. Most recruits are waiting to take visits before committing to a program.
In addition to dealing with the effects of the pandemic, the Vols also have to sell a new coaching staff to recruits. That takes time.
Tennessee wide receivers coach Kodi Burns, however, is confident that recruiting will pick up this fall once recruits see the product the Vols are putting on the field.
“I think that once guys start to see what we’re doing in the spring game, in this fall coming up, how we’re going to throw the ball, what we do, the tempo with which we play with and how different we’re going to be offensively than everybody else in the SEC, I don’t think it’s going to be a hard sell once we start putting things on film that kids can see,” said Burns on Tuesday after Tennessee’s third spring practice.
Burns also believes the Vols’ rich tradition will play a big part in Tennessee’s future recruiting success.
“Tennessee is a storied tradition,” explained Burns. “If I’m one of these young guys out there, a chance to play at Tennessee means something. To play here on Rocky Top in front of 102,455, that sells itself. It’s a blessing to be here, and I hope those kids really understand that.”
Recruiting may be moving slowly right now for the Vols, but it shouldn’t be long before things pick up in a big way.
Derek Dooley and Butch Jones didn’t have any problems landing top 25 classes at Tennessee. I can’t see Josh Heupel having any issues in that department, either.
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