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  • Defining moments for 2014 class

    Defining moments for 2014 class

    GoVols247 takes a look at five pivotal moments or stretches that played significant roles in shaping Tennessee’s 2014 signing class. More

  • Coaches discuss incoming signees

    Coaches discuss incoming signees

    Tennessee coach Butch Jones and a few of his assistant coaches took the stage Wednesday night at Tennessee Theatre for the first of the Vols' three recruiting celebrations. More

  • Malone, Kelly move up in rankings

    Malone, Kelly move up in rankings

    Four-star wide receiver Josh Malone and four-star safety Todd Kelly Jr., two of Tennessee's in-state commitments, both moved up in the final Top247 for the 2014 class. More

  • Crosby: Blessing to be All-American

    Crosby: Blessing to be All-American

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - With many of his future teammates participating in other all-star games, South Carolina commitment K.C. Crosby is the lone commit at the UA game. More

  • Big first day at UA practices

    Big first day at UA practices

    Sunday was the first day of practices at the Under Armour All-America Game. In case you weren't able to keep up with all the scoop, here is some of the news you missed. More

  • Bates eager to see 'how I stack up'

    Bates eager to see 'how I stack up'

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Tennessee linebacker commitment Dillon Bates is ready to compete with some of the nation's top prospects in Thursday's Under Armour All-America Game. More

  • Commits, targets in all-star games

    Commits, targets in all-star games

    A number of Tennessee’s current commitments and a handful of the Vols' remaining targets have been selected to play in the four major high school all-star games. More

  • Commit recap: Moseley takes over

    Commit recap: Moseley takes over

    Tennessee cornerback commitment Emmanuel Moseley of Greensboro, N.C., put on a show Friday to lead his Dudley High School team to North Carolina's Class 4A quarterfinals. More

  • Recruiting Insider: Weekend preview

    Recruiting Insider: Weekend preview

    Tennessee is scheduled to host a half-dozen official visitors and a number of high-priority, unofficial visitors for its home finale Saturday night against Vanderbilt. More

  • Commit recap: McDowell puts on show

    Commit recap: McDowell puts on show

    Top247 senior safety Cortez McDowell put up big numbers on both sides of the ball Friday night in his Locust Grove (Ga.) High School team's first-round playoff loss. More

  • Commit recap: Gaulden shines again

    Commit recap: Gaulden shines again

    Tennessee defensive back commitment RaShaan Gaulden of Independence High School in Thompson's Station, Tenn., put up big numbers again in the Eagles' playoff opener. More

  • Commit recap: Pearson shines again

    Commit recap: Pearson shines again

    Tennessee wide receiver commitment Lavon Pearson of Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., posted big numbers Saturday to lead the Golden Eagles to a lopsided victory. More

  • Bates reflects on 'awesome' visit

    Bates reflects on 'awesome' visit

    Top247 linebacker Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High School, who has been committed to Tennessee since July, recaps his official visit to Knoxville earlier this month. More

  • Commit recap: Big game for Gaulden

    Commit recap: Big game for Gaulden

    Tennessee defensive back commitment RaShaan Gaulden of Independence High School in Thompson's Station, Tenn., made big plays on offense and defense Friday night. More

  • Commit recap: Kelly scores four TDs

    Commit recap: Kelly scores four TDs

    Top247 safety Todd Kelly Jr. of Webb School of Knoxville (Tenn.) scored four touchdowns Friday night, making big plays on offense, defense and special teams. More

  • Commit recap: Big game for Gaulden

    Commit recap: Big game for Gaulden

    Tennessee defensive back commitment RaShaan Gaulden made big plays on offense and defense Thursday night to lead his Independence High School team to a 31-14 victory. More

  • Commit recap: McDowell scores twice

    Commit recap: McDowell scores twice

    Tennessee commitment Cortez McDowell, a Top247 safety from Locust Grove (Ga.) High School, scored on offense and defense Friday night in the Wildcats' 31-24 victory. More

  • Big recruiting weekend for Vols

    Big recruiting weekend for Vols

    Tennessee is expected to host dozens of high-priority prospects, including more than a half-dozen official visitors, this weekend for its home game against No. 6 Georgia. More

  • Commit recap: Helm makes big plays

    Commit recap: Helm makes big plays

    Tight end Daniel Helm of Glenwood High School in Chatham, Ill., made big plays on offense, defense and special teams Friday night to lead the Titans to a lopsided win. More

  • Football a family affair for Bates

    Football a family affair for Bates

    GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — Tennessee linebacker commitment Dillon Bates gets to spend every Friday night on the same sideline with his father, former Vols standout Bill Bates. More

  • Commit recap: Booth breaks out

    Commit recap: Booth breaks out

    Four-star wide receiver Dominique Booth of Pike High School in Indianapolis posted big numbers on offense Friday night in the Red Devils' overtime loss to Ben Davis. More

  • Bates excited about future at UT

    Bates excited about future at UT

    GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — Top247 linebacker Dillon Bates discusses his commitment to Tennessee, the Vols' 2014 class and when he plans to travel to Knoxville again. More

  • Live updates: Dillon Bates

    Live updates: Dillon Bates

    GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Tennessee commitment Dillon Bates and his Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High School team are playing at Clay High School tonight, and govols247 is on hand. More

  • Recruiting Insider: Weekend preview

    Recruiting Insider: Weekend preview

    Tennessee's game Saturday at SEC East rival Florida will give several of the Vols' coaches an opportunity to evaluate prospects in the Sunshine State this week. More

  • Commit recap: Gaulden steals show

    Commit recap: Gaulden steals show

    Tennessee defensive back commitment RaShaan Gaulden of Independence High School in Thompson's Station, Tenn., enjoyed a career night on defense Friday night. More

  • Commit recap: Bates makes big plays

    Commit recap: Bates makes big plays

    Tennessee linebacker commitment Dillon Bates made big plays on defense and special teams Friday night to lead his Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High School team to a 41-13 victory. More

  • Recruiting industry low outliers

    Recruiting industry low outliers

    We take a look at the prospects that each major recruiting network values significantly lower than the rest of the industry at large. More

  • Commit recap: Big game for Wharton

    Commit recap: Big game for Wharton

    Three-star athlete Vic Wharton of Independence High School in Thompson's Station, Tenn., was among the Tennessee commitments who put up big numbers this week. More

  • Tennessee's top remaining needs

    Tennessee's top remaining needs

    With the start of the 2013 season just days away, Tennessee already has racked up 24 commitments for the 2014 class. But the Vols still have several needs to fill. More

  • SEC Roundup: Vols to the top

    SEC Roundup: Vols to the top

    Things are going according to plan for Butch Jones and Tennessee. With a surge of recent commits, the Vols are No. 1 in the 2014 team recruiting rankings and are not done yet. More

  • Recruiting Insider: Weekend preview

    Recruiting Insider: Weekend preview

    Tennessee could add at least one more commitment during a pivotal recruiting weekend centered around the Vols' final two summer camps and Sunday's "Foundation Day." More

  • UT commitments climb in rankings

    UT commitments climb in rankings

    A few of Tennessee's current commitments and several of the Vols' top remaining targets moved up in the latest 247Sports rankings for the 2014 class. More

  • Bates 'important' pickup for Vols

    Bates 'important' pickup for Vols

    247Sports national recruiting director JC Shurburtt and recruiting analyst Chris Nee weigh in on Tennessee's newest commitment, Top247 linebacker Dillon Bates. More

  • UT legacy Bates commits to Vols

    UT legacy Bates commits to Vols

    Top247 linebacker Dillon Bates, the son of former Tennessee standout Bill Bates, announced Wednesday during Nike's The Opening that he has committed to the Vols. More

  • The eye-poppers

    The eye-poppers

    Speedy Noil's other-worldly vertical leap led was one of numerous eye-popping performances at the most athletic SPARQ combine that The Opening has ever seen. More

  • Bates breaks down three finalists

    Bates breaks down three finalists

    BEAVERTON, Ore. — Four-star linebacker and UT legacy Dillon Bates, one of many scheduled commitments for Nike’s The Opening, spoke with 247Sports about his three finalists. More

  • UT commit, targets at The Opening

    UT commit, targets at The Opening

    Many of Tennessee's top targets, including one of the Vols' current 2014 commitments, will be participating in Nike's The Opening this week in Beaverton, Ore. More

  • Insider Notes: Opening commitments

    Insider Notes: Opening commitments

    Derik Calhoun is one of eight prospects expected to announce their college decision at The Opening in Oregon next week. Where might they be headed?
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  • Class Of 2014 Outlook: DEF/ATH/ST

    Class Of 2014 Outlook: DEF/ATH/ST

    Bucknuts takes a look at the athletes, specialists, and defensive prospects that could end up in Ohio State's Recruiting Class of 2014 More

  • The Opening - Primer

    The Opening - Primer

    247Sports previews The Opening, as 150 of the nation's top high school football players head to the Nike World Headquarters this weekend. More

  • Commits take place at 'The Opening'

    Commits take place at 'The Opening'

    At least seven players will commit at 'The Opening' including a slew of defensive backs and three state of Florida preps. Get the latest on each right here. More

  • 2013 roster for The Opening

    2013 roster for The Opening

    Here is a look at the players that have been invited to compete at 'The Opening' in Beaverton, Ore., June 30 through July 3, 2013. More

  • Behind the Crystal Ball: Part 1

    Behind the Crystal Ball: Part 1

    For every Crystal Ball prediction that is made, there is a reasoning behind it. In this CatsPause.com feature series, we explain those reasons and where we see prospects committing. More

  • Bates sets date for announcement

    Bates sets date for announcement

    Top247 linebacker Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High School, the son of former Tennessee standout Bill Bates, says he soon will be announcing his college choice. More

  • Louisville offers top FL CB Durham

    Louisville offers top FL CB Durham

    Step Durham has narrowed his list to two schools, but an offer from Louisville Tuesday has the 3-star CB from Jacksonville, Fla., rethinking his recruitment. More

  • Class Of 2014 Outlook: DEF/ATH/ST

    Class Of 2014 Outlook: DEF/ATH/ST

    With eight players committed to Ohio State for 2014, it's time to take a look at some defensive stars, athletes, and specialists that could help round out another top class. More

  • Out-of-state offers

    Out-of-state offers

    A lot of out-of-state recruits "claim" scholarship offers from Texas, but which players really have one and what are the Horns' chances? More

  • Top247 LB Bates names top five

    Top247 LB Bates names top five

    Top247 junior linebacker Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High School, who's the son of former Tennessee standout Bill Bates, discusses his top five college choices. More

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