Varsity Preps

An Introduction To Recruiting In Tennessee


To those who know college football recruiting in the Southeast, you know it’s a different animal. The Southeast is home to some of most storied programs, most passionate fan bases, and is a major hotbed of top talent. The competition among schools for these prospects is fierce, with teams representing the SEC, ACC, Big10, and Big12 all competing for the best of the Southeast.

When you think of recruiting in this region of the country, you think of states such as Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. But as the landscape of college football changes, so does the landscape of recruiting. There are more college-ready athletes than ever before and the quality is on a steep rise. Naturally, as the numbers get larger, so do the numbers in individual states. That is the case in Tennessee. The quantity and quality of athletes coming out of high school is at an all-time high. The City of Memphis has always been an area where high-quality talent could be attained, but metropolitan areas such as Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga have caught up to the West Tennessee city.

With more families moving into these areas for business, their children join the schooling system and play in the TSSAA, thus raising the competition level of member schools of the state’s interscholastic league. This couldn’t come at a better time, with SEC members Tennessee and Vanderbilt on the rise, programs moving up in the conference hierarchy such as MTSU and Memphis, and strong FCS-level programs throughout the state. The state of Tennessee is quickly rising as a central location for quality talent in the Southeast, and look for the Volunteer State to remain for a long time to come.

Now that we know more about recruiting in Tennessee, let’s meet the top talent coming out of the state! In the coming days, I will be doing a countdown of the top 20 class of 2014 prospects coming out of Tennessee. I will have player information, profile links, highlight film, and recruitment news, and countdown from #20, providing five a day. Look for the Top 20 countdown starting tomorrow, where I will profile #20-#16.



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