Tennessee recruiting needs Jeremy Pruitt has filled during first month on job
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Recruiting will heat up again this weekend following a short hiatus after the early signing period. Official visits can resume this weekend, and teams will try and make their final touches to the Class of 2018.
This is a good point to evaluate where Tennessee’s priorities were when coach Jeremy Pruitt was hired a month ago and what he has done with them.
The two position groups Pruitt has tried to shore up to this point has been offensive line and linebacker.
Pruitt clearly targeted an issue with the offensive line. Tennessee played a walk-on against LSU this past season because of depth issues. When everyone was healthy, it still wasn’t an extremely effective group.
Pruitt closed the deal with 4-star tackle Jerome Carvin and top junior college prospect Jahmir Johnson. The previous staff had recruited both but couldn’t snag a commitment from either. Pruitt had them signing with the Vols in less than two weeks.
Poor linebacker play has frustrated Tennessee fans the past couple of seasons. Pruitt brings a 3-4 defensive scheme that cannot rely on ineffective linebackers.
Tennessee signed junior college linebacker Jordan Allen, who expects to compete for playing time next season.
On Saturday, the Vols picked up a commitment from outside linebacker JJ Peterson, who is good enough to make an immediate difference next season. He brings a great mindset to Rocky Top.
Pruitt has addressed the priorities better than many imagined in his first month on the job. The next position group he needs to address is the secondary.
Tennessee has no commitments in the secondary and is losing plenty of production from last season.
If his first month is any indication, Pruitt has a plan for the secondary, and he’ll find the right prospects for the job.
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