Four-star linebacker Bryson Eason is one of the most important players in the Tennessee Vols’ 2020 signing class.

Not only is Eason one of the highest rated players in Jeremy Pruitt’s third UT signing class, he also helped bring two of his teammates along with him to Rocky Top.

Four-star linebacker Martavius French and three-star linebacker Tamarion McDonald, who both attended Whitehaven with Eason, also signed with the Vols during the 2020 recruiting cycle.

The Memphis trio was a massive “get” for Tennessee.

That’s because Memphis is an important recruiting area for the Vols. And landing those three will help the Vols in their recruiting efforts in Memphis.

But what led Eason to signing with Tennessee?

It was actually a simple gesture by Pruitt.

Eason recently told VolQuest that he was already talking frequently with Pruitt and former running backs coach David Johnson (who was UT’s area recruiter in Memphis at the time). But it was when Pruitt came to Eason’s game against Cordova that things changed.

The Memphis native told VolQuest “What really stood out to me was when he came to my game against Cordova….He was there to see all three of us, but it really showed a lot of love”.

Eason added “A head coach coming to your game? That showed us he really wanted us and made me think about things differently.”

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There’s no doubt Pruitt is an elite recruiter. He knows when to call, when to show up and what to say.

Thanks to Pruitt’s elite recruiting efforts, the Vols finished with a top 10 2020 signing class — something most folks thought wasn’t possible.

Tennessee still has a long way to go, but it’s clear the Vols are on the right track thanks to Pruitt and his staff’s ability to recruit.

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