Over the last decade, there’s been plenty of excitement on Rocky Top.

Fans were stoked for Lane Kiffin’s vision for the Tennessee Vols in late 2008/early 2009, and they were excited when Butch Jones started landing quality recruits in 2014.

Hell, some fans even managed to get excited for the Derek Dooley era in 2010.

Optimism, because of a new coaching staff, isn’t unique in East Tennessee.

But with Jeremy Pruitt now leading the Vols’ football program, it just feels different. It feels like Tennessee is finally going to turn the corner this time and be a major factor in the SEC.

One reason for this feeling is because of the interest that five-star 2019 athlete Quavaris Crouch, the nation’s top rated athlete, has in Tennessee.

VolQuest reported on Wednesday that Crouch visited Tennessee this week for the third time this year.

According to VolQuest, Crouch has built a solid relationship with Pruitt, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer and offensive coordinator Tyson Helton.

Crouch clearly has strong feelings for the Volunteers. It once felt like a long shot that Tennessee could land the Charlotte native, but it’s now starting to feel like the Vols could be one of two or three teams to beat for the dynamic linebacker/running back.

It’s amazing how Pruitt is getting things done so quickly as Tennessee’s head coach. He wants to return the program to its championship ways, and he knows that isn’t going to happen by trying to find “diamonds in the rough”.

Pruitt is targeting some of the top players in the nation. And he’s either winning those recruiting battles, or he has the Vols positioned as one of the teams to beat.

Things are only going to continue to get better from here. Pruitt has a trait that you can’t quite put your finger on. It’s the same thing we saw from legendary coaches like Phillip Fulmer and Steve Spurrier. It’s also the same thing we see from current coaches like Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney.

Whatever it is, Pruitt has it. And it’s going to make Tennessee fun to watch in the coming years.

Buckle up, Vol fans. It could get wild.

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