Since three of those seven are not currently participating in preseason camp and a possible early entry into the NFL Draft for a pair of safety starters — Janzen Jackson and Brent Brewer — the future of the Tennessee defensive backfield suddenly looks much thinner than expected.
Someone who may help with get the numbers back up to par quickly is Kenneth Crawley.
The three-star prospect from Washington, D.C. called the Vol coaching staff to offer his pledge on Sunday.
Crawley is a 6-foot-1, 170-pounder who played cornerback for a Woodson High School team that won its third consecutive DCIAA title last season.
In his first season a starter, the newest UT commit tallied 30 tackles, seven interceptions, six pass breakups and two blocked punts. He has playmaking skills with the ball in his hands as well, totaling five touchdowns with one coming on an INT return.
The Woodson Warriors open up regular season play at Martinsburg (W.V.) on Sept. 2.