The Tennessee Volunteers could very well be the next Ole Miss when it comes to college football recruiting. Now I’m not quite ready to make a comparison to the two as the Rebels had an unbelievable 2013 class, but the Volunteers are starting to make some waves.
Coming out of the weekend Tennessee was able to receive three verbal commits in three days. After the dust has settled from the busy weekend, today highly-touted five-star running back Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, TN/Beech) decided to join in on the action and gave a commitment to the Volunteers. Hurd attended Tennessee’s Junior Day a month ago.
New head coach Butch Jones has to be pleased with the way this class is shaping up. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a rebuilding college football program however, these are definitely steps in the right direction for the once celebrated team.
Hurd is one of the best running backs in the 2014 class and without a doubt the top overall football prospect to come out of the state of Tennessee. In his junior season, Hurd rushed for a state-record 3,357 yards and scored an unprecedented 43 touchdowns. At 6’3″ and around 220 pounds, Hurd has a very strong frame that will propel him to the next level. Hurd is a natural runner with great vision that will only improve as the years go on.
It’s been a very big week for the Volunteers. Nabbing three very solid recruits and now their biggest pickup of the class so far in Hurd. Obviously the Volunteers are in rebuild mode (as they have been for a few years now), but this is a very big step for Butch Jones and company. Hurd is a special player and one Tennessee can build around for the future.