Vols' recruiting class finishes outside of Rivals top 25

(WVLT) -- Tennessee's 2008 recruiting class may fill some positional needs, but it was not talented enough to garner top 25 recognition by Rivals.com, college football's chief recruiting website. The site ranked the Vols' class 36th, and eighth in the SEC, ahead of Arkansas, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

“I am very pleased with our class overall," Phillip Fulmer said Wednesday. "There are some really talented young men in this group -- some that will help us immediately and some that will take time to develop.

“It is a solid class academically and there are some outstanding young men from a character standpoint.

“I have said this before, but the success of this group depends not only on their individual playing abilities. It also rests on their determination to work hard with their teammates while learning and responding to the demands of handling college academics and social interactions both on and off the field.”

RIVALS TOP 40:

1 Alabama
2 Notre Dame
3 Florida
4 Miami
5 Oklahoma
6 Georgia
7 Florida State
8 Ohio State
9 Michigan
10 USC
11 LSU
12 Clemson
13 UCLA
14 Texas
15 Texas A&M
16 Colorado
17 Minnesota
18 Virginia Tech
19 Oregon
20 Auburn
21 Arizona State
22 South Carolina
23 Ole Miss
24 Illinois
25 Washington
26 Missouri
27 Oklahoma State
28 Kansas State
29 Pittsburgh
30 Nebraska
31 NC State
32 Maryland
33 Boston College
34 North Carolina
35 California
36 Tennessee
37 Arkansas
38 Arizona
39 Southern Miss
40 Kansas


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