I sometimes wonder if there is statistical truth to this phenomenon or if we just think it's the case because Tennessee is the team we all pay the most attention to. Sure, we do see our players drop sometimes but is that more likely to happen to us than 99% of other programs? I'm not sure. I know there are reasons that players committed to places like Alabama or Georgia are bumped but I guess I'm not as sure that the opposite is true.
It also has to do with the fact that outside of a few seasons here and there, we have been plain bad for a decade and a half.
A lot of Pruitt, Butch, and Dooley recruits deserved rankings drops since most of them either barely saw the field here or transferred and barely saw the field elsewhere.
I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere in someone like Solon Page’s recruiting thread, there were similar comments about his rating if it dropped while in HS. And while I love that he’s ground it out and stayed, he hasn’t seen much PT in what hasn’t been a room full of All American LBers.