Kiffin Needs To Put Staff Together, Pronto
Since Lane Kiffin took over for the Vols two weeks ago, Tennessee has lost three commitments and informed two other players they would not be retained. One of those three decommitments came today, as Edwin Herbert chose to become a Florida Gator.
This really hurts the Vols, as Herbert would have been a solid recruit to help the Vols in a very weak deparment, the defensive line. It’s also another sign that Kiffin needs to get on the ball and put a staff together. This marks the second UT recruit in under a week to choose another SEC school over Tennessee due to questions about the future staff. Herbert was quoted saying that the main reason he decommitted from UT was because of questions revolving around whether or not his main recruiter, Greg Adkins, would be retained on Tennessee’s staff. This follows Jarvis Giles’ decision to attend South Carolina over Tennessee due to questions about UT assistant Stan Drayton’s future.
Losing these two recruits is a heartbreaker for Vol fans, and to me, shows that Kiffin needs to act now before he loses any more of the recruits already committed to Tennessee. It’s my belief that recruiting will prosper under Kiffin, with David Reaves and possibly Ed Orgeron on board, but the future is now, and this 2009 class needs to be as good as possible. And to ensure that this is accomplished, Lane Kiffin needs to put a staff together and show these recruits what the future of Tennessee football will look like.
On a somewhat brighter note, it seems that the #20 ranked OLB (Scouts, Inc.) Nigel Mitchell-Thornton has remained fully committed to Tennessee after his official visit this weekend. According to GoVolsXtra, he seems thoroughly impressed with Coach Kiffin, and excited about the possiblility that his father, Monte Kiffin, will be coming on as defensive coordinator.
More recruiting news as it becomes available.