Can Jeremy Pruitt get things turned around quickly on Rocky Top? ESPN’s Chris Low says he has his work cut out for him in a number of ways.
Particularly in the world of recruiting, where the national college football reporter and former Vols beat reporter says the climate is as tough as it has been in a long time at Tennessee. During a Wednesday morning interview with The RoundTable on WJOX-FM in Birmingham, Ala., Low explained why Pruitt is walking into an extremely difficult climate.
“I think Jeremy’s job is harder at Tennessee than it has been in a long time,” Low said. “When Tennessee has been great, when they were really rolling under Phillip Fulmer, they did a terrific job of recruiting Georgia and recruiting in both Carolinas. Think about all the players they got from those three states. And now look at what Dabo Swinney has done at Clemson. Look at what Will Muschamp is doing now at South Carolina and the way he has set up his recruiting operation. And we know what Kirby [Smart] has done in Georgia. It’s harder to recruit in those neighboring states around Tennessee than it has ever been before.
“That’s the challenge now in front of Jeremy Pruitt. You’ve got to recruit Tennessee, and I think the talent in Tennessee has gotten better, but you can’t live on Tennessee prospects alone. And he understands that.”
Pruitt’s first recruiting class at Tennessee, which signed in February, included eight players from the state of Tennessee. It also included four players from the state of Georgia and just one player from the state of South Carolina.
Looking ahead to the Class of 2019, Pruitt is spreading the wealth around early with his five commitments. They are from five different states, with one each from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida on the board.
You can listen to Low’s complete interview with WJOX-FM here: