Jeremy Pruitt is working hard to build the Tennessee Vols football program into a juggernaut.

Most of that work right now is coming via working with the players already on the roster. But the most important component to the longterm success of UT football are the players that will be on the roster in the future.

The Vols are off this upcoming weekend, which means they get an extra week to prepare for Auburn.

It also means Pruitt and his staff will have some extra time to hit the road recruiting.

Tennessee hasn’t wasted any time during the bye week, quickly offering 2020 wide receiver Kobe Stewart from Marietta, GA.

Stewart, who has great size already at 6-foot-3/180 pounds, is teammates with 2019 Vol commit Ramel Keyton.

Developing a recruiting pipeline to Marietta, a Georgia high school football powerhouse, would certainly be great for the future of Vol football.

Pruitt and his staff definitely have their work cut out for them this week. Juggling recruiting in-season with practice time isn’t easy. But this is an extremely important time for the Vols — especially with the early signing period in December.

Tennessee has to continue to develop and strengthen recruiting relationships. There’s not a lot of time left to convince 2019 recruits that Knoxville is the place for them.

And if recruits simply look at the Vols’ current 2-3 record (which could easily be 2-5 after October 20), then it will be even tougher to sway top players to Rocky Top.

That’s why Pruitt and his staff have to sell, sell, sell early playing time and convince recruits that a major turnaround is just around the corner.

Fortunately for the Volunteers, Pruitt and his assistant coaches are proven recruiters. But it’s going to take their best recruiting efforts ever to lock down a top 10 2019 recruiting class.

Whatever recruiting success Tennessee does or doesn’t have will be deeply rooted in what happens during the bye week.

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