The Tennessee Vols aren’t “back” just yet, but their reputation on the recruiting trail is quickly changing.
A few years ago, the Vols being in the top five for an elite recruit was essentially a win for the program. Most of the recruiting battles that UT won were against non-elite programs.
That’s changing now…..and it’s because of Jeremy Pruitt and his staff.
Tennessee has now reached a point where they’re beating out some top tier teams for elite recruits (the Vols beat Alabama, Georgia, LSU and others for five-star recruits Dylan Brooks and Terrence Lewis).
And when they go up against non-SEC teams for recruits?
Well, the Vols pretty much crash the party and get who they want.
Take the latest UT commit, three-star tight end Miles Campbell, for example.
— MILES CAMPBELL (@Miles3campbell) May 18, 2020
Rivals recruiting analyst Chad Simmons noted on Monday that Campbell appeared to be destined for either Georgia Tech or NC State.
The Vols, however, entered the picture and made Campbell a priority.
And once Tennessee was in the mix, it was all over for Georgia Tech and NC State.
“I want to be part of this 2021 class that makes a big impact in the future of Tennessee football”, said Campbell to Rivals.
The Georgia native added “They (Tennessee) were a powerhouse in the 90’s, they fell off a little, but they are building something special, and I want to be a part of it.”
It’s becoming abundantly clear that Tennessee is becoming a premier destination for recruits.
Everyone knows how good the Vols can be when everything clicks. And recruits obviously see that things are clicking under Pruitt.
It wasn’t that long ago that Tennessee had a terrible reputation on the recruiting trail (you can thank Butch Jones for that). Pruitt, however, has changed that reputation simply by working hard and focusing purely on football.
Amazing what happens when the main thing (football) becomes….the main thing.
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