The Tennessee Volunteers boast arguably one of the hottest programs on the 2014 recruiting trail, and that's going to play a huge factor in the race for 4-star safety and current Georgia commit Nick Glass.
For what it's worth, Glass has been committed to the Georgia Bulldogs since April 2012. He's a big in-state commitment for Mark Richt and the Bulldogs, and he's a talented recruit. Glass is ranked as the No. 39 safety in the country and No. 42 player from the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
While he is committed, he just recently visited Tennessee—and it was a visit that reportedly went well, according to Austin Price of VolQuest.com (subscription required):
Glass was recently in Knoxville to check out Tennessee and returned home very impressed by the newly led Butch Jones Volunteers. Tennessee needs help in the secondary and he's fully aware of their desire to attain his signature next February. He feels the love and he knows he's a top priority.
"I love Tennessee," Glass said. "I'm one of the top guys they're trying to get in this class. I really like coach Jones and what he's doing there. He's very honest and trustworthy."
Glass went on to talk about to commitment to Georgia and other programs that are interested in him, per Price:
While he remains committed to Georgia, he's also getting heavy interest from Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Ole Miss. He is looking for a place that not only fits his game on the field, but his personality off. He's fully aware that football will end someday and that's why academics are important to him.
"I'm looking for a place where I can excel both on the field and off," Glass said. "I want to major in business management and real estate. I also want to go somewhere I can win a national championship. I feel like I can come in and make an impact early and start."
Glass has been committed to Georgia for quite a while, but it certainly seems like he's willing to keep his options open.
What does this mean for Tennessee, and will Butch Jones and his staff be able to capitalize on their current recruiting momentum?
The good news is, Glass appears interested in Tennessee. And for all intents and purposes, the Volunteers are making all of the right pitches on the recruiting trail. Tennessee has picked up a few big commitments in the past few weeks, and hype is key when it comes to building a program back up through recruiting.
Right now, Jones and his staff are hitting on all cylinders. They're pitching a new beginning for Tennessee and offering these players the chance to be a big part of the rebuild. One of the big ways Jones is capitalizing is with legacy players, bringing in the sons of former Tennessee football players. But the next step will be to sway out-of-state recruits that are giving the Volunteers a major look.
It appears as if Glass should be considered in that category from here on out.
Tennessee also benefits from the fact that the Bulldogs are absolutely stacked at safety right now. Mark Richt and his staff went out and signed four safeties in the 2013 class, highlighted by 4-star Tray Matthews. It's certainly not a position of need right now for Georgia.
And while Tennessee did just get a commitment from 4-star safety Todd Kelly, competition and depth will be two huge needs for Tennessee in the next three to five seasons as Jones tries to rebuild the program.
Georgia doesn't need Glass in order to have legit national championship aspirations. Tennessee, on the other hand, does, and that could end up being a huge pitch. Combine that with the Volunteers' current recruiting momentum and Glass' apparent interest in the program, and Tennessee has a lot going for it in the quest to flip Glass.
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