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Malone, Kelly move up in rankings

Two of Tennessee’s highest ranked commitments climbed even higher in the final update to the Top247 for the 2014 class.

Four-star wide receiver Josh Malone, one of the 14 early enrollees from Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class, moved up in the final update to the Top247 for the 2014 class.

Four-star wide receiver Josh Malone of Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tenn., and four-star safety Todd Kelly Jr. of Webb School of Knoxville (Tenn.) both moved up in 247Sports’ rankings Tuesday coming off strong showings earlier this month in practices leading up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Malone, one of 14 early enrollees who already have joined the Vols, jumped 25 spots to finish as the nation’s No. 49 overall prospect in the 2014 class, while Kelly moved up 14 spots to No. 70 overall.

Nine of Tennessee’s 33 known commitments finished in the Top247.

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Athlete Jalen Hurd of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., another of the Vols’ early enrollees who arrived on campus last week, climbed one spot to No. 32 overall to remain the only five-star prospect among the Vols’ current commitments.

Four-star linebacker Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High School dropped four spots in the latest rankings to No. 102 overall. Four-star safety Cortez McDowell of Locust Grove (Ga.) High School (No. 144), defensive lineman Derek Barnett of Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy (No. 151) and defensive end Dewayne Hendrix of O’Fallon (Ill.) High School also finished in the top 200.

Tennessee defensive end commitment Joe Henderson of Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School slipped six spots to No. 204 overall, while Vols linebacker commitment Gavin Bryant of Jackson (Ala.) High School went down three spots to No. 241.

A few of UT’s remaining targets in the 2014 class also stayed among the nation’s top prospects.

Five-star cornerback Adoree’ Jackson of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., dropped six spots to No. 24 overall, while four-star all-purpose back Derrell Scott of Havelock (N.C.) High School went down 13 spots to No. 140.

Four-star defensive tackle Craig Evans of Sun Prairie (Wisc.) High School, a Wisconsin commitment who received a scholarship offer from Tennessee last week, slid 13 spots to No. 247 in the final rankings.

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