Recruiting is Key

When Lane Kiffin took over at Tennessee, we knew that recruiting would be at top of the list for the former recruiting coordinator at talent-laden USC.  Kiffin told us during his introductory press conference back in December that he would bring the best talent in the nation to Tennessee.

What some of us didn’t realize,though, was that he wasn’t just talking about football players.

2008 Recruiter of the Year

2008 Recruiter of the Year Lance Thompson

ESPN’s Chris Low is now reporting that Kiffin has pulled in one of the premier recruiters in the SEC, and the Recruiter of the Year in 2008, Lance Thompson.  What makes it even sweeter is that Kiffin pulled this guy away from Nick Saban and Alabama.  Our win is definitely their loss.

Thompson was instrumental in helping Alabama put together the top recruiting class in the nation last year, reeling in 10 of Alabama’s 32 recruits.  Here is some of the talent he helped bring in (list courtesy of

  • WR Julio Jones
  • ATH Mark Barron
  • DE Glenn Harbin
  • WR Destin Hood
  • QB Star Jackson
  • DB Robert Lester
  • RB Ivan Matchett
  • ATH B.J. Scott
  • RB Jermaine Preyear
  • LB Jerrell Harris (co-recruiter)

Losing Thompson is bad news for Alabama, with Thompson being the lead guy on some of the Tide’s most important recruits, including the top RB prospect in the nation, Trent Richardson.  Here is a list of commitments for  Thompson for this recruiting class (again, courtesy of

  • Jonathan Atchison
  • D.J. Fluker
  • Nico Johnson
  • AJ McCarron
  • Trent Richardson
  • Chance Warmack
  • Gerald West

It’s a good looking list, with 3 five-stars, another four-star, and the rest three-stars.

With the addition of Thompson, Tennessee now has one of the best recruiting staffs in the country.  Orgeron and Thompson are two of the top recruiters in the country, and ensure that Tennessee will have some monstrous recruiting classes in the future, as long as the two remain on staff.  Chances are we won’t have either of them for that long, as both are good enough coaches to be defensive coordinator at a multitude of schools.  But maybe, just maybe, one of them is in line to take over for Monte once he steps down.

Either way, both coaches will have Tennessee headed in the right direction in terms of talent.  And everyone knows, especially Urban Meyer, how far talent can take you in college football.

Go Big Orange.


~ by drewbd on 01.15.2009.

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