Tennessee Vols quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke, who has faced plenty of criticism during his two year stint at UT, proved his worth as a member of Jeremy Pruitt’s staff on National Signing Day.

Weinke was one of the key reasons the Volunteers were able to land four-star wide receiver Malachi Wideman.

Not only did Weinke, along with wide receivers coach Tee Martin, play a key role in bringing Wideman to Rocky Top, he went up against his alma mater to make it happen.

Wideman was previously committed to Florida State, but flipped to Tennessee on Wednesday. The Florida native told VolQuest on Wednesday that Weinke was critical in his decision, saying “Coach Weinke and coach Martin both came down and showed how much they wanted me”.

The 6-foot-5 wide receiver is a huge addition for Tennessee. Wideman is a ridiculous athlete who excels at football and basketball. Wideman is expected to play both sports at UT.

In fact, Rick Barnes was part of the recruiting process. Jeremy Pruitt reportedly called Barnes in the middle of one of Wideman’s basketball game to tell Tennessee’s basketball coach about the dynamic athlete.

Tee Martin and Chris Weinke were opponents in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl (Weinke was injured), but now they’re working together to land elite recruits.

Funny how things work out sometimes.

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