2019 five-star offensive lineman Clay Webb took his first visit to Tennessee this past weekend and apparently the Vols made a great impression on him.
Webb, 6-foot-3/297 pounds from Oxford, AL, told VolQuest of his visit “It sounds like (Jeremy Pruitt) is very well-equipped to make Tennessee the powerhouse that it once was”.
The talented offensive lineman added that he plans to give Tennessee a longer look after his positive visit.
Webb is rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 player in the state of Alabama and the No. 1 center in the nation. They also rate him as the No. 35 overall 2019 player in the nation.
Unsurprisingly, Alabama and Auburn are currently considered the leaders for Webb, but the Vols’ severe lack of depth along their offensive line could be enticing to the Oxford native.
Even if Pruitt and his staff aren’t able to land Webb, it’s still very important that five-star recruits speak positively about Tennessee to media outlets.
Obviously no one knows whether or not Pruitt will be able to turn the Vols’ football program around, but if stud recruits are speaking highly of Tennessee, it can only help recruiting down the road.
Ultimately, the only way the Vols are going to be able to land top five or top ten classes is a combination of winning and convincing recruits that Pruitt is the guy that will return Tennessee to greatness.
It appears that Pruitt has that second part down. Now all he needs to do is deliver a winning season in 2018 (even a 7-6 record would be great) and recruiting should see a significant uptick.
Pruitt promised after National Signing Day that Tennessee’s 2019 recruiting class would be rated much higher than the 2018 class.
Perhaps we’ll see the promise come to fruition in the near future.
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