One player the first-year coach has in his sights on is 6-foot-1, 190-pound rising senior and defensive back prospect Shaun Rupert.
"I think what a lot of coaches like about me is that I am 6-foot-1 and I like to play corner," Rupert told InsideTennessee. "I have good size for a corner. I can be a lock-down corner or I can roam around at safety."
Rupert a Montgomery, Ala., native was originally recruited by Ansley to Central Florida, Ansley's last pit stop before arriving on Rocky Top.
"Tennessee is really recruiting me really strong," Rupert said. "They have been by the school a bunch of times to see me. Coach Ansley was recruiting me to Central Florida and now he is at Tennessee recruiting me. We keep in touch all the time."
Rupert has offers from Arkansas State, Florida International, Nothern Illinois, Penn State, Troy, UAB and UCF. And with his extensive camp schedule, which includes Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Georgia and Tennessee, Rupert expects more offers to roll in.
"I keep in touch with coach Ansely all the time," he said. "I try to call him whenever I can to try and stay in touch. I think they will probably offer me after I camp with them."
Ansley and Rupert have been in touch ever since Ansley's opening days at Central Florida, but the Vols have an advantage aside from Ansley.
"The SEC is a big draw for me," Rupert said. "That is where all the best players go. I mean look at the National Championships."
The Carver Senior (Ala.) High School prospect says that distance could play a factor in his recruitment, but won't be the sole factor that guides his decision.
"Early playing time, academics and the relationship with the coaches are all important things to me," he said. "I would like to stay kind of close to home as well, but as long as I am comfortable I can be away from home."
Rupert finished his junior campaign with 78 tackles, three interceptions, one touchdown and 200 punt return yards. He was voted All-Metro as a sophomore.
You can see highlights from Rupert's 2011 season below: