Some of Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt’s best coaching hires have also garnered the fewest headlines.

Pruitt struck gold by bringing Brian Niedermeyer with him to Knoxville to serve on his inaugural staff as Tennessee’s tight ends coach.

Niedermeyer, who was an afterthought when Pruitt hired him at UT, has proved to be one of the best recruiters in college football.

Due to some staff changes during the offseason, Niedermeyer will coach inside linebackers for the Vols in 2020.

To replace Niedermeyer, Pruitt promoted off-the-field assistant Joe Osovet to an on-the-field role coaching linebackers.


And it already appears that the move is paying dividends.

Not only does Osovet possess an innovative offensive mind, he’s also proving to be a great recruiter.

2021 four-star tight end Hudson Wolfe recently spoke with VolQuest and he sounded extremely positive about Osovet.

Wolfe told VolQuest “Coach O (Osovet)is a great guy….I like him and speak with him a lot”. Wolfe added “He’s a fiery guy…..I like the way he does things. I’m really looking forward to continuing the relationship with him.”

Osovet also brings some geographical diversity to Tennessee’s staff. The New York native is able to connect with recruits from the northeast in a different way than the rest of the Vols’ staff.

This is something that four-star offensive lineman Nolan Rucci, a Pennsylvania native, recently noted to Rivals.

“He understands the difference between the northern and southern recruitment”, said Rucci earlier this month.

Pruitt just has a knack for hiring the right people. Osovet and Niedermeyer are proof that resumés don’t make or break a hire.

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