Skip to main content

Lane Kiffin Takes Dig At Tennessee With Recruiting Article

Lane Kiffin holding his son after Alabama wins national championship.

Twitter/@lane_kiffin

When Lane Kiffin was hired as Alabama's offensive coordinator, many wondered how the dynamic would work with his former employer, Tennessee, as a major rival. Kiffin has made it very clear: he leans all the way into the hate that he receives from Vols fans.

Lane Kiffin has trolled Tennessee over and over on Twitter. He continued the efforts this afternoon, sharing an article from Gridiron Now about Tennessee's struggles in holding onto top talent from within The Volunteer State.

In the article, Dave Hooker points out that Nashville is producing more football talent than in the past. However, many of those players don't have immediate ties to Tennessee. At the same time, other recruiting powers like Alabama and Clemson are taking more advantage of the local recruiting boom than Tennessee is in its own backyard.

With one of the best group of recruits in history, in-state recruiting certainly has changed in Tennessee.

The mid-state area surrounding Nashville is chock full of talent, but that doesn’t necessarily mean prospects will flock to play for the Vols. Nashville is much like Atlanta a few decades ago: Both cities are filled with families that have moved into the area, not born and raised there.

Nashville has seen economic growth while other areas of the country have struggled. That means more families have moved in. But those families – and the prospects from those families – have previous allegiances.

According to 247Sports' rankings, the state currently has nine blue chip recruits in the class of 2017. Four-star safety Maleik Gray is a Vols commit. Clemson has three players on that list, No. 1 Tennessee recruit Tee Higgins (five-star wide receiver), four-star running back Cordarrian Richardson, and four-star wide receiver Amari Rodgers.

We don't think Kiffin was too concerned with sharing an interesting article about the shifting SEC recruiting landscape. He wanted to get a dig in against Tennessee, something he does with increasing regularity. Until the Vols can beat Alabama, which they haven't done since 2006, there isn't much for Tennessee fans to say in response.