J.B. Grimes stepped down as the Auburn Tigers’ offensive line coach on Tuesday evening — a move that can could have a ripple effect in the SEC when it comes to recruiting.
Grimes was one of five-star 2020 offensive tackle Broderick Jones’ key recruiters.
Jones, who is rated as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation in 247Sports’ composite rankings, is currently committed to Georgia. But the departure of Bulldogs offensive line coach Sam Pittman (who recently became the head coach at Arkansas) has Jones’ recruitment in limbo.
Auburn, according to various reports, was seen as a major threat to flip Jones before Grimes’ decision to step down. Rivals recently called the battle for Jones a “two team race” between Auburn and Georgia.
Jones delayed his signing in December because of Georgia’s offensive line coach situation (the Bulldogs quickly hired former Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke, who had no previous relationship with Jones).
It’s certainly possible that the change at Auburn and Georgia could help the Tennessee Vols creep back into the picture.
Jones is scheduled to officially visit Tennessee on January 17 (he also has visits lined up to Georgia and Auburn the following weekends).
If the Vols are somehow able to sway Jones to join Jeremy Pruitt’s program, it would be a massive win for Tennessee. Jones is described by 247Sports as an offensive linemen who projects “as a multi-year Power 5 starter with the upside of developing into an early round NFL pick”.
The Vols are a longshot to land Jones — Pruitt and offensive line coach Will Friend will have to recruit their tails off — but with Grimes out at Auburn, there’s at least a chance for Tennessee to pull off a shocker here.
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