KNOXVILLE – Coach Butch Jones, at least temporarily, has lifted UT to the top of the recruiting world.

Tennessee received a commitment from defensive end Joe Henderson on Thursday afternoon. That pledge vaulted the Vols to the top of the team recruiting rankings. Tennessee, as of Thursday afternoon,ranks first in the nation in recruiting, according to and second, according to 247Sports.

Henderson, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end who chose the Vols over offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Louisville, Wisconsin, Kentucky and others.

“[Henderson has] a great first step and is a mismatch against most tackles and tight ends,” Tim Warsinskey of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote in a scouting report of Henderson in February.



Joe Henderson highlights (via 247SportsStudios)