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ESPN analyst Tom Luginbill talks recruiting, Tennessee Vols & over-signing

ESPN college football analyst Tom Luginbill is also one of the country’s most knowledgeable recruiting analysts. Luginbill is the long-time National Director of Recruiting for ESPN’s recruiting coverage.

Tennessee Volunteers head football coach Butch Jones (R) talks to game officials
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Jesse Smithey and I had a chance to spend some time with him this week to talk about some prospects around the country, how the new Tennessee Volunteers staff is doing in recruiting early-on and to get some insight on new Vols football coach Butch Jones.

Some of those quotes are below.

To hear our entire interview with Tom Luginbill of ESPN, click the video to the left.

Tom Luginbill on Butch Jones:

“He has a fine balance of being a well-received coach from his players but also being able to maintain the necessary discipline and level of authority that you’ve got to have.”

On Butch Jones’ personality and style:

“He has a real nice way about being personable, being out there, being a likeable guy but the players understand very, very quickly where they stand, where he stands and what’s expected of him. That type of discipline and that type of approach is what he’ll bring to Knoxville.”

On Butch Jones and the new staff at UT trying to finish the 2013 class before NSD:

“They need a strong close and they don’t have a lot of time to do it. He understands that.”

On Butch Jones from a recruiting standpoint:

“Butch Jones was smart in realizing that a significant influence needs to be placed upon player personnel and player evaluation to be able to compete in the SEC particularly at Tennessee when you’re in a state where more often than not you got to go into your competitor’s backyard to get players.”

On what Tennessee can do to close out this recruiting class:

“There’s some opportunities between now and national signing day on February 6 where maybe you could see some surprises pop-up for Tennessee, and some good work being done in a short period of time.”

On the chances of the Volunteers landing elite RB prospect Derrick Green:

“I think it’s going to be very, very difficult.”

On the issue of over-signing that fans outside of the SEC complain about:

“There’s a lot of mythology and a lot of misinformation out there about over-signing. First and foremost it’s not exclusive to the SEC. It’s all over college football. What people don’t realize is that over-signing isn’t as black and white as people think it is.”

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