KNOXVILLE – The Vols were back on the practice field Thursday morning for their third day of spring practice, but it was what happened off the field that marks one of the biggest occasions in the coach Butch Jones’ short tenure at Tennessee.

Elite five-star running back Jalen Hurd of Hendersonville, Tenn., pledged to the Vols on Tuesday morning via Twitter, giving the Vols perhaps their biggest recruiting pickup in years.

“I have officially committed to play football at The University of Tennessee. #VFL #RiseToTheTop,” Hurd tweeted on Monday.

After largely missing out at running back in the 2012 and 2013 classes, running back became a massive priority in the 2014 class. Hurd, an in-state prospect rated by some recruiting services as one of the top players at any position in the

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