Gran set to join Vols' staff

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

It has taken Lane Kiffin a while, but he's close to completing his staff at Tennessee. His latest hire is former Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran, another guy with strong recruiting ties.

That's been a recurring theme with just about everybody Kiffin has hired, starting with his recruiting coordinator, former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron, who's one of the most renowned recruiters in the country.

Gran was with Tommy Tuberville at Ole Miss and Auburn. In addition to coaching the running backs, he was Auburn's special teams coordinator from 2000 through this past season.

Kiffin is also making a run at Frank Wilson, who was recently hired at Mississippi State by Dan Mullen. Wilson was the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Southern Miss last season, but was with Orgeron all three seasons at Ole Miss as the running backs coach and assistant special teams coach.

Wilson has deep recruiting ties in the New Orleans area as well as the Gulf Coast area in the state of Mississippi. Wilson would coach receivers at Tennessee.