Whatever became of Tennessee 'owning' national signing day?

Staff file photo by Robin Rudd / Running back Alvin Kamara was a touted member of Tennessee's top-five signing class in 2015 and helped the Volunteers to consecutive 9-4 seasons before leaving for the NFL. The Vols are just 20-27 in the four seasons since.

The next college football coach who admits to signing a lousy recruiting class will be the first, but there was Butch Jones in February 2015 attempting to temper a crop that was ranked fourth nationally by 247Sports.com.

"I understand that with this class comes great expectations and very rightfully so," Jones said six years ago on national signing day. "I'm going to sit here like I do every signing day and guard against that in terms of these are still 17- and 18-year-old individuals. They are still going to develop at their own pace. Things don't get changed overnight.

"We are going through a process, but I thought today was a great step in the right direction."

The right direction lasted two years before the Tennessee train derailed, which has been reflected by a 20-27 record the past four seasons and the firings of both Jones and successor Jeremy Pruitt.