Excitement surrounding UT's top recruits trends on social media

Excitement surrounding UT's top recruits trends on social media

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There's only 41 days till football time in Tennessee and with the new season comes big changes and growing excitement. There's only 41 days till football time in Tennessee and with the new season comes big changes and growing excitement.
"This is what I always run in in downtown Knoxville just kind of spread the orange love," said fan Chuch Haggard. "This is what I always run in in downtown Knoxville just kind of spread the orange love," said fan Chuch Haggard.
"What's so remarkable about it is because Alabama is selling something people have seen and that's National Championships and Butch is selling is something no one has seen in Tennessee which is zero and zero," said former UT football player Jayson Swain. "What's so remarkable about it is because Alabama is selling something people have seen and that's National Championships and Butch is selling is something no one has seen in Tennessee which is zero and zero," said former UT football player Jayson Swain.
"It does affect the business greatly. Most of the time when fans are upset because we lost they go straight home and go to bed. They don't want to go out and party," said hostess Stephanie Braeuner. "It does affect the business greatly. Most of the time when fans are upset because we lost they go straight home and go to bed. They don't want to go out and party," said hostess Stephanie Braeuner.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Vols and football coach Butch Jones' motto "brick by brick" has been trending. This comes after the University of Tennessee surpassed Alabama claiming the number one spot in several recruiting rankings.

There's only 41 days until football time in Tennessee, and with the new season come big changes and growing excitement. Chuck Haggard says he's wearing his big orange to show support.

"This is what I always run in in downtown Knoxville just kind of spread the orange love," said Haggard.

Former UT wide receiver and radio host Jayson Swain says at the end of last season many fans felt let down.

"Last year everybody was disappointed because there was so much expectation going into the season. I think a lot of people were happy that a change was coming," said Swain.

Latitude 35 hostess Stephanie Braeuner says business suffers when the Vols don't do well.

"It does affect the business greatly. Most of the time when fans are upset because we lost they go straight home and go to bed. They don't want to go out and party," said Braeuner.

However, there's a new found hope for this year because the new coach, Butch Jones, has accomplished what some thought was impossible. UT jumped Alabama when its 2014 class rated tops in the country by three different recruiting sites.

"What's so remarkable about it is because Alabama is selling something people have seen and that's National Championships and Butch is selling is something no one has seen in Tennessee which is zero and zero," said Swain.

The reason for the high ranking commitments, Swain says, is Coach Jones is very active on social media and understands what students want in a school and team.

"He knows how to build relationships. He understands bonding with families and former Vols and its working so far," said Swain.

Vols fans are hopeful Coach Butch Jones recruiting success will translate to wins on the field.

"He's showing he can recruit in the SEC. It has to translate to wins this fall and I think it will," said Haggard.

"Because we have a new coach and no one knows what he's going to be doing, it's going to be very unpredictable for the other teams which is something we have in our favor so I think it will be a successful year," said Braeuner.

As all the new recruits are welcomed to Big Orange Country, the fans hope the new coaches and team will eventually return Tennessee to the football power house it once was.

Jayson Swain says this year will be challenging for the Vols though because the team has a very tough schedule going to Oregon then the next weekend traveling to Florida.

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