The Tennessee Vols recently landed a commitment from Antonio Johnson, a four-star 2020 safety from East St. Louis, IL.
Commitments, however, are fluid at best. Other programs are free to pursue committed recruits until they sign somewhere.
And that’s the case with Johnson, who received an offer from Alabama two weeks after committing to Tennessee.
— 2️⃣ (@Antonio_johns0n) June 22, 2019
Vol fans should definitely be nervous about Alabama’s involvement with Johnson (I mean come on, it’s Alabama), despite a recent proclamation from Rivals that the Illinois native is “solid” in his commitment to UT.
But I also think Tennessee fans should be encouraged by Nick Saban’s pursuit of Johnson.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Alabama offered Johnson shortly after he committed to the Vols. It’s clear that Saban and his staff respect Jeremy Pruitt’s recruiting evaluations.
There weren’t many instances of Saban going after recruits that committed to previous UT head coach Butch Jones. It says a lot about the type of players that Pruitt is recruiting that Saban is working hard to flip some of them.
The Vols obviously have to win their fair share of recruiting battles against Alabama to turn the program around. But getting in those head to head to battles with the Crimson Tide is the first step to reaching the top of the SEC.
It’s going to be a long process, but at least Tennessee is taking what appears to be the correct path to success.
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