KNOXVILLE — The stakes are high. The money is there. The competition is fiercer than ever.
Tennessee’s football recruiting office, along with perhaps dozens of other programs, is re-imagining its role and rebuilding in the image of an NFL personnel office focused more on breaking down film and scouting prospects than administrative paperwork.
“The trend is to hire a personnel guy,” said Bob Welton, “and then let him run the recruiting office.”
Welton, hired in April, is that personnel guy for the Vols and first-year coach Butch Jones.
For teams with enormous resources, it makes sense to hire individuals with expertise in talent evaluation to handle what were once largely administrative roles.
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