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Two Vols Hires Among 247Sports Dozen Best

Two of Tennessee's hires to the football coaching staff has been named among the Dozen best recruiting hires by 247Sports.

The addition of Sal Sunseri ranks No. 5 with this analysis:

The Vols hired Sunseri as their new defensive coordinator and it gives them an instant boost on the recruiting trail, particularly on the Atlantic Coast- an area of the country that is important for Tennessee to sign players. The Vols have to recruit nationally because the state of Tennessee does not produce enough in-state talent on a yearly basis for the program to compete at a high level in the SEC and nationally, so having great recruiters on staff is a must. Sunseri was 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year for the 2011 class when he was at Alabama.

Jay Graham's return his alma mater comes in at No. 7: 

Graham is one of the most successful running backs in Vols history and his arrival in Knoxville gives Tennessee an instant staff upgrade from a recruiting standpoint. Historically, the Vols have been able to recruit Graham's home state of North Carolina (he's from Concord) and his presence makes them instantly competitive in that state, particularly in the Charlotte area. Graham was the recruiter of record for running back Marcus Lattimore at his previous stop, South Carolina.


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