Butch Jones wrapped up his first regular season at Tennessee to finish 5-7 with the Volunteers, and the end to his first recruiting class could happen by Friday with the likely additions of Josh Malone and Charles Mosley.
Malone, (Gallatin, Tenn. Station Camp) is the No. 2 recruit in the Volunteer State and the nation’s No. 5 wide receiver according to 247Sports composite rankings, and the four-star recruit is expected to commit on Wednesday to Tennessee over Clemson. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound target had 71 receptions for 1,404 yards and 19 touchdowns, with 227 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Malone has been the top target on Jones’ board for months, and his addition is magnified with the decision of fellow four-star receiver Dominique Booth to decommit over the weekend. Malone has the type of ability to make an instant impact as a freshman, and would pair with rising sophomore Marquez North to form a potentially dominant duo for the next 2-3 years.
The 6-foot-5, 345-pound Mosley (Brighton, Tenn. Brighton) has literally been the biggest target for Tennessee as the Vols look to add more bodies to the offensive and defensive lines. Mosley has also played defensive tackle, but I think his future will be the interior offensive line at right guard.
That decision likely will not be made until Mosley arrives on campus and the coaches work him out on both sides of the ball, but the move to offense would be beneficial for both. Tennessee’s entire starting offensive line will be gone next year assuming Antonio Richardson declares for the draft, and Mosley could develop into a road grader at guard.
It should give him an easier road to contribute earlier than on defense, where they have some bigger defensive end commitments. I think his bulk plays better on offense, where his size and strength will be used to open up holes for Jalen Hurd and the Vols’ rushing attack.
Mosley is announcing his decision on Friday, and it is expected he will pick Tennessee over Alabama. The likely additions of Malone and Mosley would give Tennessee 34 commitments in the class of 2014, and the No. 2 class in the nation according to 247Sports.
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