Tennessee Football Recruiting: No Surprises on Signing Day for Vols

National Signing Day: Tennessee Wraps Up Huge Class

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Nov 30, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half at Commonwealth Stadium. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY SportsFax machines took center stage in the world of college football today.

One particular fax machine that's gotten quite a bit of work over the past few months is the one that is staged in Knoxville to reel in national letters of intent for Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers.

Everyone anticipated that the Vols would wind up with an excellent 2014 class, and thanks to a lack of surprises, that's exactly what happened on National Signing Day.

Jones had already brought in 14 early enrollees to the school, and today he brought in 20 more to give Tennessee a class that could make major noise in the near future.

The in-state playmaker duo of wide receiver Josh Malone and running back Jalen Hurd? Already enrolled. Safety Todd Kelly and linebacker Dillon Bates? They signed today.

So don't let Tennessee's absence in all of the hoopla and television announcements today fool you. 

Jones and his staff having been all over the recruiting trail for a while now, and luckily, they didn't have to sit around to wait for an announcement from a potential game-changer.

That's because Jones had already locked them up. 

Now, it's still a stressful day for any college football head coach until all those letters make their way through the glorious fax machine. But Jones can breathe easier now knowing that there were no major surprises to deal with on recruiting's biggest day of the year.

With plenty of talent already on campus, and after today's commitments, the question now turns to whether or not this class will turn this program around, and make it a contender once again in the toughest conference in the country.

National Signing Day would be so much better if it told us that, wouldn't it?

Stay tuned for more National Signing Day coverage here on FanIQ College Football. Also, for all the big signings around the country, check out the FanIQ Signing Big Board!
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