Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt is scouring the nation for hidden talent in the 2019 recruiting class.

Pruitt has offered some players recently that haven’t been rated highly or had an impressive offer list. With the prior coaching staff, it was an immediate red flag when a player that no other major schools were interested in was offered by Tennessee.

But Pruitt, thanks to the reputation he gained as a defensive coordinator under Nick Saban, has the benefit of the doubt with Vol fans…..for right now.

The assumption is that Pruitt is a solid talent evaluator and knows what he’s looking for in recruits. Considering we haven’t seen any of his recruits at Tennessee play yet, we can’t argue otherwise — at least not yet.

One of Pruitt’s most recent offers is to three-star 2019 cornerback Jarrad Baker from Melbourne, FL. He’s rated by 247Sports as the No. 155 player in the state of Florida and the No. 118 cornerback in the nation.

Baker has offers from Appalachian State, Duke, Iowa State, Kentucky, Missouri and Virginia, among several others.

Obviously that’s not the most impressive offer list, or ranking, in the world.

Pruitt told the media in February that next year’s recruiting class would be ranked much higher than the 2018 class.

You can get good players by finding hidden gems. But you can’t get a highly rated class by finding these players (unless they’re ranking gets elevated).

I trust that Pruitt knows what he’s doing. But I’m a bit perplexed by some of the players he’s been offering lately. Perhaps he thinks really highly of players like Baker. I find it hard to believe, however, that there are this many “hidden gem” type players that have escaped other programs. It just doesn’t seem likely.

Ultimately, time will tell if Pruitt is offering the right players or not.

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