Recruiting is an extremely fluid business and no one knows this better than Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Not long after taking the head coaching job at Tennessee, Pruitt secured a commitment from Jordan Young, a relatively unknown wide receiver from Conyers, GA.
Young ended up flipping to Florida State on signing day, despite being “discovered” by Pruitt and his staff.
It was a quick lesson for the new Vols head coach — never assume a recruit will sign just because he’s committed.
That small hiccup, however, hasn’t deterred Pruitt from putting together a solid 2019 recruiting class. According to 247Sports, it’s ranked No. 14 in the nation.
Fulmer: (Pruitt) is doing exactly what he’s needing to do today. He’s out recruiting. Looking for big, physical guys.
— GoVols247 (@GoVols247) October 1, 2018
But the Vols have to keep the class together, which could be difficult in a transition year. Tennessee isn’t experiencing a lot of on-field success right now. At least in terms of wins and losses. That could make it easy for other programs to steal recruits from the Volunteers.
One of the recruits that could be waffling on his commitment is three-star safety Aaron Beasley. The Georgia native recently took a visit to Nebraska, which apparently went very well.
Beasley told Rivals he enjoyed his visit to Lincoln, saying “I liked it. I liked that, the atmosphere, the coaching staff and the fans are great.”
The 2019 Vols commit also told Rivals that Nebraska envisions him playing linebacker, which Beasley thinks could get him on the field earlier.
So where does this leave Tennessee? Well, Beasley told Rivals that he’s still committed to the Vols, proclaiming “I am getting out now to take visits and make sure of everything. Nebraska was a great visit, but I am still good with Tennessee right now.”
It’s not unusual for a recruit to be high on a school immediately after a visit. It can be a lot to take in — especially at a tradition rich school like Nebraska.
But that doesn’t mean Beasley is flipping from Tennessee. He still has a great relationship with Tennessee’s staff. And Knoxville is much closer to home.
At this point, I’d be surprised if Beasley flipped. But this is still a situation worth monitoring for UT.
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