Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt currently has two spots on his coaching staff open with the recent departures of linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer and running backs coach David Johnson.
But there’s an argument to be made that he should have three spots open.
I think it’s time for the Vols to move on from defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.
It’s not that I think Rocker is doing a bad job — he’s a solid defensive line coach. I’m just not sure he has the energy required for the recruiting side of the job.
When Jay Hardy committed to Auburn in November, part of the reason was because he reportedly didn’t have a great relationship with Rocker (who would’ve been his position coach).
This week, another high level recruit mentioned the lack of communication he’s had with Rocker.
Four-star defensive tackle Payton Page, who attends the same high school (Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC) as former Vols defensive back Emmanuel Moseley, told Rivals that while he has a good relationship with UT tights end coach Brian Niedermeyer and Rocker, they “don’t talk often”.
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— Payton Page (@PaytonPage55) January 25, 2020
In the same interview, Page noted that he “always” talks with Clemson.
Niedermeyer gets a pass here, due to the significant amount of recruiting success he’s already had at Tennessee.
But with Rocker, it seems like there’s a theme developing. I’m just not sure he’s recruiting at a level that a Jeremy Pruitt led team typically recruits at.
It might be best for Tennessee to move on from Rocker, which would probably be best for both parties. It would allow Rocker to spend time watching his son play baseball at Vanderbilt this season, and perhaps follow some of his upcoming MLB career as well (Kumar Rocker will likely be a top selection in the 2021 MLB Draft).
If Pruitt wants to take the Vols to the next level, then he has to land elite recruits. That means everyone on staff has to be an elite recruiter.
Rocker, unfortunately, just isn’t an elite recruiter right now.
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