By now, most folks are aware of how well respected Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt is in various coaching circles.

Pruitt has received nothing but praise since taking over for Butch Jones last December (except for that weird Georgia stuff that was spearheaded by ex-Bulldogs Aaron Murray and David Pollack).

But just how well respected is Pruitt?

Well, we learned on Friday that Tennessee outside linebackers coach Chris Rumph was offered the chance to stay on the Florida Gators’ coaching staff under Dan Mullen this past winter.

Rumph, who had served on Florida’s staff as a defensive line coach for three years, declined the opportunity to remain in Gainesville and instead chose to join Pruitt in Knoxville.

What’s incredible about this is that when Rumph heard about the staff Pruitt was putting together, he knew he HAD to be part of it. He believed Pruitt was putting together something special.

Which obviously tells us that he didn’t believe Mullen was putting together the same type of staff at Florida.

Rumph’s been around winning programs. He was at Alabama from 2011-14. He knows what it takes it build a championship program. If Rumph looked at Pruitt, a first time head coach, as someone he absolutely had to join, then man oh man is that a good sign for Tennessee football.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Rumph received a “co-defensive coordinator” title when he joined the Vols’ staff, but that’s clearly not the main reason he made the jump from Florida to Tennessee.

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