This is either good or bad, entirely depending on how you read it.
Thanks to Michael Carvell’s article yesterday at SEC Country, there’s been some buzz from Vols fans on Tennessee’s 2017 decommits. The Tennessee decommit class is an all-timer – out of 13 players, two are five-stars and three four-stars. Because of the magic of the 247 Sports Class Calculator, I was able to find out some shocking stats on it. Most notable: the Tennessee decommit class, as a whole, is as good as Florida’s actual 2017 class. Which, as we discussed yesterday, is wet garbage.
Strangely enough, I find this to be hilarious. To refresh your memory, here’s the five blue-chip recruits to decommit from Tennessee this cycle:
- 5* WR Tee Higgins (Clemson)
- 5* QB Hunter Johnson (Clemson)
- 4* CB CJ Cotman (North Carolina)
- 4* WR KD Nixon (Colorado)
- 4* DT Breyon Gaddy (Maryland)
Collectively, the decommit class would rank 33rd nationally (193.37) with an average player rating of 88.52. In terms of said average player rating, it would be the 11th-best class in America. (Tennessee currently has the 11th-best class in America, but the 20th-best player rating.) Guess who currently holds 30th and 11th-best rankings in those two categories? The Florida Gators.
That’s right, Tennessee lost a class as good as Florida’s actual class and is still crushing them in recruiting. Tennessee’s decommit class would rank ahead of three SEC team classes, including Ole Miss. This is insane, no? At any rate, this is the predominant reason Tennessee should dominate Florida like Ron Zook is coaching them for the next four years, but we’ll see if that comes to fruition.