The Tennessee Vols received a major boost to their 2021 recruiting class in late April by landing a commitment from four-star defensive end Dylan Brooks.
Tennessee landed Brooks over Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia, among numerous other programs.
Brooks, 6-foot-5/250 lbs from Roanoke, AL (Handley), is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 2 player in the state of Alabama and the No. 32 overall recruit in the nation.
Rivals national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell recently discussed the “biggest losses on the recruiting trail” in 2021 and listed Brooks as a major loss for Alabama.
“Alabama fans might not say this is a big loss (losing Brooks) and the Tide obviously rebounded well, but the Vols stealing away Brooks was a big win for Tennessee out of state,” wrote Farrell.
Landing Brooks over Nick Saban and Alabama was the first real sign that Jeremy Pruitt, without a doubt, has what it takes to compete for championships in the SEC.
Now, that may not happen for another couple of years — the competition in the SEC East with Florida and Georgia isn’t getting any easier. But Pruitt going into Saban’s back yard and stealing one of the top players in Alabama shouldn’t be overlooked.
Pruitt is a problem for Saban and Alabama. And the problem is only going to get worse once the Vols start winning some more games.
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