There are two main reasons, typically, that elite recruits sign with college programs.

To win a national championship and to get to the NFL.

That’s the reason we don’t see much turnover in the College Football Playoff from year to year. Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State are seemingly always in the mix, with a few other programs making cameos from time to time.

It can be tough for a program to make the jump to elite, simply because there are only a few schools in the nation that offer a legitimate chance to play for a championship.

But any school, with the right coaching staff, can offer recruits an opportunity to become NFL ready, which can eventually propel a program to championship status.

The Tennessee Vols, because of Jeremy Pruitt and his assistants, are a program that’s viewed by recruits as somewhere they can go and get prepared for the NFL.

2021 four-star offensive lineman Jaeden Roberts, 6-foot-5/340 lbs from Houston, TX, recently spoke with VolQuest about his recruitment. Roberts, who is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 24 player in the state of Texas, said that his dream is to play in the NFL and he believes Tennessee could be the school that gets him there.

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The Texas native told VolQuest “They (Tennessee) prepare their players for the next level, they said they can get me there”. Roberts added “I want to be a part of that kind of program”.

Roberts also noted that he was impressed by how Tennessee struggled early and then finished strong. In a way, the Vols’ early struggles were a positive when it comes to recruiting. I’ve seen various recruits point out how much UT improved throughout the 2019 season, which is a testament to the coaching staff.

As for the NFL talk, if Pruitt and his staff can develop strong reputations as coaches who put players in the NFL, it’ll help expedite Tennessee’s ascent to the top of the SEC.

Eventually, UT can be a place where recruits see a school that will get them to the NFL and a place where they can compete for a championship.

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