One of the Tennessee Vols’ biggest recruiting pitches under head coach Jeremy Pruitt is the ability for newcomers to see the field early at UT.

This recruiting message isn’t necessarily unique to Tennessee. It’s a pitch that a lot of programs use on a daily basis.

But it’s kind of silly.

Playing time in college, for the most part, isn’t guaranteed. It’s earned.

That means sometimes a five-star recruit doesn’t start over a three-star recruit, simply because they aren’t performing well enough.

And sometimes it’s means that an equally talented player has to sit, because there’s not enough playing time to go around.

But talent always rises. And opportunities are almost always presented.

Vols legend Peyton Manning is a perfect example of all this. He didn’t start immediately at Tennessee. But he worked hard and after a couple of injuries to the players in front of him, Manning was named the starter. The rest is history.

That experience led Manning to recently give some apropos advice to young quarterbacks (but it’s applicable to all athletes).

I love this attitude and I wish we saw more of this from high school recruits.

Future college players shouldn’t worry about who’s on the roster. They should only worry about the coaching staff and whether or not the program is a good fit for them.

The rest will take care of itself.

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