Vols, Jackets see Kickoff Classic as recruiting battle

(Courtesy UT Athletics)

ATLANTA, GA — Earlier this week, the announcement came out that the 2017 college football season starts with Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

This is a special game for a number of reasons. It’s going to be one of the first contests in the Atlanta Falcons’ hotly anticipated new stadium, and it renews a regional rivalry that’s been played out 43 times but not in the last 30 years.

Probably more importantly, though, it offers a chance for both programs to show off in front of potential recruits.

“Certainly we’re familiar with each other,” said Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson. “We recruit the same areas, and you know Tennessee, I think Butch has done a good job of rebuilding their program and brand, and it ought to be a heck of a game.”

The Vols have eight Georgia natives in their 2015 signing class alone.

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