Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt clearly has a lot of good traits — otherwise he wouldn’t have such an impressive resumé.

But what is Pruitt’s best trait?

According to 2020 four-star wide receiver Javon Baker, an Alabama commit, Pruitt’s honesty is his best quality.

Baker recently talked to VolQuest about Tennessee’s interest in him and he mentioned that Pruitt’s ability to “keep it real” was important. He added “What stands out about him is his honesty. I don’t like all the recruit talk.”

This has to be refreshing for Vol fans. Tennessee’s previous head coach, Butch Jones, was a cliché-spewing, conman that nearly ruined UT’s reputation.

Jones tried to conform his personality to a recruit’s identity. To his credit, it worked early during his tenure. But it didn’t take long for players to catch on to Jones’ scheme. And that’s ultimately what led to his downfall (not to mention his inability to coach).

Pruitt, however, is naturally relatable. He doesn’t have to change his personality to leave an impression on recruits. Pruitt simply just has to be himself.

That’s a bigger asset than most folks realize. There’s no substitute for authenticity.

Fortunately for the Vols, there aren’t many coaches more authentic than Jeremy Pruitt.

As for Baker, the four-star wide receiver that loves Pruitt for his honesty, he plans to sign in December. He’s still open to signing somewhere other than Alabama.

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