Perhaps it wasn’t by design, but Tennessee Vols true freshman linebacker Henry To’o To’o delivered a message on Tuesday that sounded almost like it was meant specifically for one group of people — future UT recruits.
To’o To’o spoke to the media for the first time since his arrival to Knoxville and he was surprisingly upbeat about Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt, despite the 0-2 start to the season.
The California native, who attended the same high school as former Vol Kevin Simon, told reporters that playing at Tennessee has been better than he expected.
To’o To’ said playing at Tennessee has been even better than he expected after his arrival.
— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 10, 2019
To’o To’o, who was rated as a four-star recruit in high school, also made it a point to mention that he still trusts Pruitt, despite the rocky start to the season.
It’s been impressive to see the type of impact To’o To’o has made with the Vols. After two games, he leads the team in tackles. And that’s not a spot To’o To’o, who signed with Tennessee over Alabama and Washington, thought he’d be in this early.
In fact, To’o To’o said his decision to sign with the Vols had nothing to do with promised early playing time.
To’o To’o said he never expected to start and that playing time wasn’t a factor in his decision to come to Tennessee. #Vols
— Eric Cain (@_Cainer) September 10, 2019
There’s no denying there’s been some red flags for Pruitt this season. But there are also some good signs for the beleaguered head coach. The young, talented players he signed still believe in his vision. They haven’t wavered. And they didn’t sign with UT because of false promises that weren’t kept. Pruitt has always been an up front and honest guy. Nothing has changed in that department.
It’s still anyone’s guess as to how the Pruitt era will play out at Tennessee, but as long as there are players like To’o To’o still all in, I’m willing to give it some time before I make any harsh judgements.
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