by Dave Miller
May 30, 02013
Butch Jones remains on a roll despite not yet coaching a game at Tennessee.
The Volunteers head coach went out of state again and landed a verbal commitment from Joe Henderson, a Class of 2014 weakside defensive end from Shaker Heights High School (Shaker Heights, OH).
The 6-3, 205-pounder is listed as a high-end three-star recruit by Rivals.com, and 247Sports lists him as a four-star recruit. Jones had previously recruited Henderson when he was the head coach at Cincinnati.
Henderson, who holds offers from major schools such as Arkansas, Michigan State and Ole Miss, was offered by Tennessee on January 29 and took his first visit to Knoxville on May 17. With his verbal pledge, the Vols continue to ascent up many early Class of 2014 team recruiting rankings. The Vols were No. 7 in the latest National Football Post Top 25 team recruiting rankings posted earlier this month.
So the momentum for Jones and his staff continues into the summer months, which should excite fans of the Vols. Tennessee's current Class of 2014 haul is led by running back Jalen Hurd and safety Todd Kelly Jr., two of the best nationally at their positions. Offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr. was a nice "get" as well. But perhaps most important is that Jones has shown that he can get prospects that are scattered across the country, as he has commitments from Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Maryland in addition to Ohio.