KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The first crisis of the Jeremy Pruitt Era at Tennessee has popped up, and it took less than a week.
The Vols, who entered the 2017 season with the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the SEC and No. 5 in the nation, have lost three commitments since Pruitt was hired and two in a 24-hour window.
The result is Tennessee recruiting now ranks No. 39 — right behind Syracuse and one spot ahead of Indiana — according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Players all say they commit to schools, but that’s clearly not the case, as the coaching change has resulted in great attrition for the Vols.
Tennessee, which once had 23 commitments in the 2018 class, now sits with 11 commitments with eight days left before that start of the early signing period and less than a week left before the dead period begins (Dec. 18).
Vols AD and former coach Phillip Fulmer is pitching in to try to save the recruiting class, too.
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss the repercussions of Tennessee having a new coach.
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