Pass or fail: Grading Tennessee’s top true freshmen

Tennessee signed three of the nation's top 50 prospects. How have they performed thus far?
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Tennessee landed the No. 4 overall recruiting class in the country in 2015, according to 247Sports rankings, and a number of its top prospects have already begun to see the field. With their first season on campus in the books, how have the young Vols performed in limited action?

Pro Football Focus recently graded out the top 50 recruits in the nation, three of which signed with the Vols. Here are their grades six games into their careers:

No. 6 overall recruit – DT Kahlil McKenzie

Yet another freshman coming off his best game, McKenzie was a force against the run versus Georgia on Saturday. He’s grading at +3.1 in the run game though he’s managed only one pressure on his 63 pass rushes this season.

No. 36 overall recruit – DE Kyle Phillips

Limited to only 42 snaps this season, 23 of which came against Western Carolina in week 3. He’s picked up a sack and a hurry on 28 rushes while grading at -2.4 overall on the year.

No. 48 overall recruit – WR Preston Williams

Williams has been part of the wide receiver rotation all season, playing 148 total snaps. He’s been targeted 16 times, catching seven passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, though he’s dropped three passes and also had a fumble.

(h/t Pro Football Focus)

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