Jeremy Pruitt hasn’t acquired many accolades during his short time as the Tennessee Vols’ head football coach, which means he has to be creative when it comes to recruiting.

This past weekend, Pruitt chose to set up a paintball course on Tennessee’s practice field. Apparently the decision to forego football for fun made a lasting impression on recruits — specifically on four-star defensive back Keshawn Lawrence.

The 6-foot-3/192 lb Nashville native told VolQuest that his visit to Rocky Top was “probably the first time where I had been at a college setting where we just having pure fun”.

Lawrence added “Football was put aside and we were just having fun”.

Lawrence has made visits to Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Miami and Ole Miss, which means his comments about Tennessee should carry some weight.

At this point, I don’t think any fan, or media analyst, can question Pruitt’s recruiting efforts. The Vols might not land every elite recruit they pursue, but they’re certainly making a lasting impression on some elite players. And they’re do their best to outwork the competition.

By the way, Lawrence, who is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 4 player in the state of Tennessee and the No. 12 safety in the nation, is big on the Vols. Lawrence told VolQuest that UT is “definitely up there” and that playing in-state would be “best” for him.

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