IT's defensive big board

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Landon Collins
Considering:
Tennessee, LSU, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Auburn, Miami (FL)
Position:
Safety
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Collins is an elite talent that everyone in the country is dying to have and the Volunteers are not any exception. With LaDarrell McNeil already considered a soft verbal, the Vols could use another safety this class, but regardless of McNeil's status, the Vols would make room for this big-time player. Alabama, LSU and Texas are also in the running for this Under Armour All-American.

Jordan Jenkins
Considering:
Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Florida
Position:
Defensive End
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Tennessee has been lucky enough to get one of Jenkins' five official visits and any time the Vols get prospects on campus it gives them an edge. Jenkins may be a long shot, but Tennessee is definitely still in the running for his services. Alabama may be the team to beat with Auburn, Florida and Georgia in the mix for this Under Armour All-American.

Darius Hamilton
Considering:
Rutgers, Ohio State, USC, Tennessee, Florida, Cal
Position:
Defensive End
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Tennessee linebackers coach Peter Sirmon has been after Hamilton since the get-go. He, like Collins, is someone that everyone in the country is hard after. Right now it appears as though hometown Rutgers is in the lead, but Hamilton has seen very little of any other schools in the recruiting process because he was focusing on his senior season at Don Bosco Prep. Hamilton has said that Tennessee is still in the running for an official visit and has even visited him in his home. The U.S. Army All-American is set to trip to Florida and Rutgers officially with the Vols battling Cal, Oregon and USC for a visit as well.

Denico Autry
Considering:
Tennessee, Mississippi State
Position:
Defensive End
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Autry has visited the Volunteers on several occasions now. His teammate and fellow defensive lineman, Damien Jacobs, is already considered a soft verbal to the Volunteers. Coming down the stretch the Volunteers are putting a huge emphasis of Autry given their need at defensive end. Autry will be an early enroll and could make his decision known any day now.

Korren Kirven
Considering:
Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Florida
Position:
Defensive Tackle
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Kirven is another one of those stealthy guys in the recruiting game. One thing that Tennessee has on its side is fellow defensive tackle and commitment Danny O'Brien since the two have discussed playing together this fall. Kirven, whose season was cut short with a broken leg, has visited the Vols and got a glimpse of things. Now can Dooley and his staff close with the Under Armour All-American?

Chris Bivins
Considering:
Tennessee, South Florida, Arkansas
Position:
Cornerback
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Bivins is still considered a soft verbal to South Florida, but he did just officially visit Tennessee last weekend. The Volunteers could use some help at corner in this year's class after struggling on the edge in 2011. Bivins could end up being the answer.

Daniel McCullers
Considering:
Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State
Position:
Defensive Tackle
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McCullers is another one of those dark horse guys. He visited Tennessee and he is certainly at a big-time position of need. He is a big body that could provide immediate help, but again like a lot of the defensive tackles Tennessee is after, he is a stealthy kid who hasn't said a whole lot to anyone. His recruitment could get very interesting with Alabama being the top opposition.

Jordan Diggs
Considering:
Tennessee, Michigan State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
Position:
Safety
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Tennessee struggles in the defensive backfield have been well documented following the loss of Janzen Jackson and Diggs could go a ways to help aide those struggles. He is the teammate of running back Mario Pender and officially visited during the same weekend as his teammates. Diggs noted that things seemed to 'fit' at Tennessee. The Vols need help on the defensive line, but safety is definitely an area of need as well.

Otis Jacobs
Considering:
Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Tennessee
Position:
Cornerback
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Jacbobs, like Dalton Santos isn't a big fan of the Kevin Sumlin hire at Texas A&M and will take a visit to Tennessee this week. He could be ready to commit if Dooley is ready to take his word. He is also the teammate of JUCO defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore.

Darrington Sentimore
Considering:
Tennessee, Alabama
Position:
Defensive Line
Ranking:
Not Ranked
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Sentimore is another high-importance JUCO defensive lineman that Tennessee is hard after. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College product would help aid the Tennessee defensive line immediately. The Volunteers have playing time to offer, but will that be enough for the former Alabama end?


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