Jeremy Pruitt is in his first full week as Tennessee’s coach, and he’s rounded his coaching staff.
Tennessee is set to hire Memphis wide receivers coach David Johnson to the staff, according to a report from Dan Wolken of USA Today.
Source: Tennessee is expected to add wide receivers coach David Johnson from Memphis to complete Jeremy Pruitt’s staff.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 13, 2018
Johnson spent the 2016 and ’17 seasons coaching wide receivers. Before that Johnson spent 4 seasons at Tulane. Prior to that, Johnson had been a high school coach, where he coached the likes of Tyrann Mathieu at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.
This is the second time an SEC school has hired a Memphis position coach in this cycle, as Georgia hired Dan Lanning to coach its outside linebackers. Lanning will replace Kevin Sherrer, who was hired by Pruitt to be the defensive coordinator.
Pruitt hired Tyson Helton to be the offensive coordinator for the Volunteers. Will Friend will coach the offensive line for Tennessee. This is Pruitt’s first time as a head coach. He had spent the last two seasons as Alabama’s defensive coordinator.
Tennessee opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1, when it takes on West Virginia in Charlotte, Tenn.