KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has lost its cache on the recruiting trail with some in-state recruits. Coach Jeremy Pruitt took a step to change that on Wednesday when he hired LSU general manager Austin Thomas.
Thomas was charged with helping the recruiting efforts for the Tigers, specifically in the Volunteer State.
LSU recruiting writer Sam Spiegelman joined the podcast to give some insight into what Thomas might accomplish with the Vols.
“They are going to push the notion of keeping the best prospects in state,” Spiegelman said. “Austin went to Tennessee and tried to get the best from Tennessee to come to LSU.
“I think Austin wants to recreate the presence of the Volunteers in the state of Tennessee.”
The Class of 2018 might already be too locked up. The Class of 2019 could be the perfect time for Thomas to flex his recruiting abilities.
There are a number of highly touted in-state prospects next cycle — such as Jackson Lampley, Lance Wilhoite and Wesley Walker to name a few — who will get national attention this summer. For the Vols to return to the top of the SEC, they will need to keep the top talent from the state.
Thomas is an important step in accomplishing that goal.