After a 1-4 start to the season, it’s easy to be down on Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Vols right now.

Not much has went right for the Vols this season. They lost to a Georgia State team they should’ve easily beat. The next week, Tennessee lost to BYU in overtime because of a blown coverage in the final moments of regulation.

On top of the losses, the Vols had to bench their starting quarterback because of ineffectiveness.

That’s not the start to the season that fans, or recruits, were envisioning.

But despite the rough start, 2020 Vols commit Cooper Mays still likes what he sees from Pruitt and the Volunteers. And he had a message for fans after Tennessee’s 43-14 loss to Georgia this week.

Mays, a four-star recruit from Knoxville who is rated as the No. 6 overall center in the nation, is the 2020 recruit who is probably the most familiar with Tennessee’s football program. Because of his proximity to UT, he spends a lot of time around the program and players.

It should be incredibly reassuring to fans, and potential recruits, that Mays feels this way.

Knowing that Mays sees beyond UT’s record should give fans hope that other top recruits see past it as well.

The Vols probably won’t be landing any commitments because of their record this season (unless they go on an incredible run to finish the season, which is certainly possible). Tennessee will have to land recruits because they understand what’s happening behind the scenes and where they believe the Vols are going under Pruitt.

Tennessee experienced some hiccups early in the season, but the program is still moving in the right direction. It’s going to be a long journey for the Vols to get to where they want to go. And unfortunately for fans, there is no short cut.

The good news, however, is that recruits like Cooper Mays seem to understand that as well as anyone.

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