KNOXVILLE – National Signing Day, one of the biggest days on the college football calendar, has finally arrived.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Volshad received 21 letters of intent for the 2013 class. Though most players sign on Wednesday morning, there’s no official end to the signing period, meaning the Vols could add more at any point, but they are expected to stop at 21 for now.


Tennessee’s 2013 signing class:

(Name/position/height/weight/hometown/247Sports composite ranking)

*Indicates an early enrollee

*Paul Harris/WR/6-5/195/Accokeek, Md./3-star

Chose Vols over: Michigan State, East Carolina, Michigan, Maryland

Outlook: The lanky wide receiver needs to fill out his frame, but he’s got good speed and great hands. With Tennessee’s top three receivers from last season departing, Harris, who will participate in spring practice, has a great chance to make an impact in 2013.

*Lemond Johnson/ATH/6-1/190/Cooper City, Fla./3-star

Chose Vols over: Auburn, Duke, Illinois, Boston College

Outlook: The former Auburn commitment flipped to the Vols and enrolled early. He can play multiple positions, but will likely end up in the secondary ultimately. He runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and will help add some much-needed speed to the defensive backs unit.

*Riyahd Jones/CB/6-0/185/Columbus City, Ga./3-star

Chose Vols over: Kansas State, Kentucky, Houston, Indiana

Outlook: The junior college prospect brings good size and speed to the cornerback position. He began his career at Georgia Southern before transferring to Garden City (Kan.) Community College. He’ll have a chance to compete for playing time immediately this spring.

*Jalen Reeves-Maybin/ATH/6-1/200/Clarksville, Tenn./4-star

Chose Vols over: Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Ole Miss

Outlook: One of the most versatile players in the class, Reeves-Maybin played quarterback, running back, receiver, safety and linebacker in high school. He’s likely to end up on the defensive side of the ball for UT, either as a safety or perhaps an outside linebacker if he can add some bulk.

*Corey Vereen/LB/6-2/230/Winter Garden, Fla./3-star

Chose Vols over: Clemson, Duke, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech

Outlook: Vereen could end up being the only true linebacker in this class. He played mostly defensive end in high school, but has the size and speed to play on the second level in college. The Vols are thin in number at that spot, so he will have a chance to contribute in 2013.

A.J. Branisel/TE/6-4/225/Chardon, Ohio/3-star

Chose Vols over: Cincinnati, Ball State, UConn, Indiana

Outlook: Branisel had committed to coach Butch Jones when he was at Cincinnati and then switched his pledge to the Vols when Jones came to Knoxville. With top tight end Mychal Rivera departing, Branisel will compete with Brendan Downs, Justin Meredith and Woody Quinn for playing time.


Marquez North highlights (via UltimateProspects)