The Tennessee Vols have largely disappointed in Jeremy Pruitt’s second season as the program’s head coach.
Tennessee is 2-4 heading into a nearly un-winnable matchup with Alabama.
But despite the poor start to the season, which is mostly due to the lack of talent/experience currently on the Vols’ roster, Pruitt’s job is relatively safe.
One of the big reasons that Pruitt doesn’t have to worry about unemployment in 2020?
The former Alabama defensive coordinator has a commitment from four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey — one of the top 2020 recruits in the nation.
Bailey, a 6-foot-4/225 recruit from Marietta, GA, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 15 player in the state of Georgia and the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the nation.
College football teams can’t be great without a good quarterback. Bailey is expected to be a great quarterback for the Vols.
Of course, that’s assuming Bailey sticks with his commitment and signs with Tennessee. It would be understandable if the dynamic quarterback is questioning his decision after the Vols’ 2-4 start to the season.
For now, however, it appears that Bailey is solid in his commitment to the Volunteers. He recently told The Athletic that he believes the future at Tennessee “looks promising”. Bailey also mentioned that he has complete faith in Pruitt, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke, saying “All (Jeremy Pruitt) wants to do is win”. Bailey added that Pruitt tells him that he often won’t leave his office for days.
A big part of college recruiting centers around social media. Recruits see what fans say and do on Twitter and Instagram. There’s a lot of negativity — especially when the wins aren’t coming. In order to combat the constant stream of negativity and criticism surrounding UT, Bailey has left social media.
Essentially, Bailey feels good about Tennessee and he doesn’t want to see opposing fans trashing the school he plans to attend.
This is obviously tremendous news for Vol fans. Bailey, who was described by his high school football coach as a player who can “change a locker room”, has the potential to be a star in the SEC. He’s the type of player that can totally change the direction of a program. And that’s exactly what Tennessee needs right now.
There’s still a long way to go until Bailey signs his name on a National Letter of Intent, but it certainly seems like he’ll be a Vol in 2020.
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