Didn't we see a bunch of posts in June and July that they had the number one recruiting class...
Might wanna look at how well the class is holding up before giggling: LINK
As to the OP, we've always had a good share of locals but we've also had more from outside our state -- more than most schools. Our location means that a lot of GA recruits, for example, are far more local than Memphis recruits (you have to understand that Bristol, TN is actually closer to CANADA than Memphis.) Adding to that there's a lot of Chattanooga boys who technically play HS football in Georgia.
Knoxville is closer to GA, AL, NC, VA, SC, KY, Indianapolis, Indiana, Columbus, OH, and a lot of other places than Memphis. That matters because Memphis is our largest city and metro area but they're hardly local (a lot of Memphians consider Ole Miss & Miss State as their local SEC school). On the flipside, we're just as close and often closer for to home for a lot of out of state players than their in-state schools.
The argument that we don't have enough in-state talent is overstated as our location makes us central to a lot of out of state recruits and in-state talent is often underrated due to our population being spread out (no one scouts small schools). At the same time, in-state talent is on the rise largely due to fact that public and private schools in middle TN and East TN are starting to pour a lot of money into HS FB and smaller schools are now able to wage PR campaigns for their prospects with only a small budget. Before these kids would never have been noticed unless they attended a school in a major media market.
This post was edited on 9/24 at 12:14 am