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"Legacy" has become the recruiting buzzword for Tennessee football under Coach Butch Jones.

And nothing speaks to legacy more than bringing in a second generation of athletes whose families consist of former Tennessee players.

Jones has shown a propensity for doing that when possible, and his latest addition to the 2015 football signing class is no exception.

Defensive tackle Khalil McKenzie, son of former Vols linebacker and current Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, became the latest child of a former Tennessee player to commit to playing for Jones.

The 6-4, 341-pounder, who committed on Thursday evening, is a five-star rated interior lineman who chose playing for his father's alma mater over Alabama and Southern California, among others, according to 247sports.com.

The morning after receiving perhaps his biggest commitment for the 2015 football signing class, Jones was upbeat when speaking about the state of Vols recruiting before addressing a group at Saint Thomas Midtown in Nashville.

"The legacy players are critical," Jones said. "We talk about being a Vol for life, and Vol for life encompasses everything. (It is great) to be able to bring back our former players and now their sons to be a part of something special. They understand the tradition and the pageantry but also the expectations that are placed upon them when you sign to play football at the University of Tennessee."

Jones brought in four players in the 2014 signing class that have family ties to the university's football program in linebacker Dillon Bates (son of former safety Bill Bates), safety Todd Kelly Jr. (son of former defensive end Todd Kelly), and twins Elliot and Evan Berry (brothers of former safety Eric Berry).

The addition of McKenzie gives the Vols 20 commitments for the 2015 class, and moved Tennessee to No. 7 in the 247sports.com national rankings of recruiting classes.

"We want individuals who what that onus put on them to bring Tennessee football back to its rightful place among the elite of college football," Jones said. "And so to be a part of something special and really building that legacy — your own legacy — of getting Tennessee football back has been very appealing to a lot of individuals."

Jones was in Nashville to speak to the Council on Workforce Innovation about "transformational leadership" in a forum conversation at the hospital on Friday morning. He will return to the Music City for the UT All Sports Picnic on Tuesday.

"Nashville is so important to us," he said. "So anytime we can make it over I look forward to it."

Nick Cole writes for The Tennessean.

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