Over the last couple of weeks, Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt pleaded with fans to make UT’s annual spring game a well attended event.
Pruitt’s pleas weren’t exactly heeded, as only 50,967 fans showed up for the Orange and White game (a good crowd for most programs, but far short of the 65k that attended in 2018).
15 minutes away from the 2019 Orange & White Game! pic.twitter.com/TyTVXYo0ve
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) April 13, 2019
But despite the sparse crowd, Vol fans still managed to help the program on Saturday.
That’s because Tennessee fans, and the spring game atmosphere, was the driving force behind three-star athlete Jimmy Calloway’s commitment on Saturday.
Calloway, who is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 84 player in the state of Georgia, told VolQuest he committed because of the atmosphere at the spring game, saying ” I felt like the environment matched my personality. Tennessee seemed like the best place to be.”
The Morrow, GA native is hoping to play slot receiver for the Vols, but UT will also try him at defensive back.
As for the spring game turnout, Pruitt had a much different tone after this year’s game than he did in 2018.
Last year, Pruitt lambasted the Vol fan base for not showing up. This year, however, Pruitt was a bit more positive about the turnout, saying “I thought it was a really good atmosphere out there today”. He added “There were lots of positive vibes. You can feel our fan base and there was a lot of energy out there today.”
At the end of the day, the main goal for a spring game is to help recruiting.
And Vol fans obviously did their part by helping Tennessee land a commitment on Saturday.
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