Welcome to this weeks and the third edition of the Recruiting Mailbox/Mailbag from InsideTennessee.com.
This is a premium feature where our recruiting expert James Bryant answers InsideTennessee.com subscriber's questions about recruiting of the Tennessee Volunteers.
Question: I am sure I have missed it but what happened on Moody?
Answer: Here is what I understand with the Dexter Moody situation. If he gets eligible he will most likely get an offer from Tennessee, that's the good news. The bad news is that he has a way to go on getting the needed SAT Score and he has to pass a graduation science course, that won't happen until July.
Question: Are their prospects we have backed away from because of questionable recruiting tactics from SEC competitors? Yes or no answer, don't expect to hear names if true.
Answer: The only way this coaching staff backs away on a prospect is if the prospect fails to live up to the coaching staff expectations. With that said, this coaching staff does a tremendous job of evaluating talent, checking backgrounds etc, and they have very high expectations of the guys they recruit. Answer to your question is no. Let the coaches of other schools say what they want; this recruiting staff won't be scared off by anyone.
Question: We always make offers after summer camps, but would we also pull some offers after camp? (May not like what we see after up-close look.)
Answer: Like I said above this coaching staff probably evaluates talent better than most. So for the most part you won't see many offers pulled unless, a prospect fails to qualify etc. Ed Orgeron is known for laying out a plan to get questionable prospects qualified, he is also known for believing in kids and showing them that. It paid off at Ole Miss with one particular player, USC backed off on grades, Ole Miss stuck with him all the way and the Rebels got them. A lot of prospects need reassurance and someone to believe in them, Orgeron and staff is great at doing this. Look for this camp to be loaded with five star, four star and a few unknowns.
Question: Who is higher priority RB, Dyer or Lattimore?
Answer: This is easy. Michael Dyer is perhaps the best running back in the country bar none. He is definitely the top target at running back for the Vols.
Question: Is Jose Jose a DT first, center as a 2nd option?
Answer: I think he is a center. If he is an offensive lineman now, don't look for Orgeron to turn O-linemen into D-Linemen.