A great first season at the helm with a couple of surprising victories would be a strong tone-setter for Jeremy Pruitt’s time at Tennessee.
In order for this to happen, Pruitt is exploring every avenue he can to improve the talent on next season’s roster.
The Vols signed four junior college prospects to provide some immediate depth. Defensive tackle Emmit Gooden and offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson might find important roles early on due to the lack of depth at each position.
Pruitt also has dipped into the graduate transfer market. The Vols picked up a commitment from Standford quarterback Keller Chryst last week. Michigan kicker Ryan Tice committed to the Vols late Monday night and will come to campus as a walk-on.
Tennessee might not be done going after graduate transfers, either. There are still holes on the offensive line and in the secondary.
Spring practices begin in two weeks. Pruitt and the coaching staff will get their first opportunity to take the field and evaluate the team.
Expect some players to switch positions this spring in an effort to improve the roster.
WMNL’s Josh Ward and SEC Country’s Blake Morgan discuss on Rocky Talk what Pruitt might be doing this spring. They also go over the offensive line woes. Ward also plays some audio clips from Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes.