Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. In this edition, we discuss how Tennessee quarterback coach Mike Canales recruits.
Hit the ground running
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee football coach Butch Jones hired quarterback coach Mike Canales, in part, to help improve the passing game at Tennessee.
Canales, who was hired in January, has also helped lead the way in recruiting the future signal callers of the Vols.
“When I first got here, it was like, ‘We got these 2018 kids and these are the ones we want you to evaluate,’” Canales said. “I don’t think I slept much the first week or two because it was constant evaluation. Trying to visit with them, trying to get them on the phone. Just get to know them a little bit.
Canales’ ability to bond with the quarterbacks has been evident.
“He’s been great,” Penix said. “He’s been like a father figure to me even though I’m not here yet. I know that when I get here, we are going to have a strong bond like we are building right now.”
Those bonds with the recruits make it worth it for Canales.
“I like recruiting a lot,” Canales said. “I like the part of it where I get to know the young men and get them up here to the campus. That’s really important. And then, finding my own niche with them. What sets me apart from everyone else.”
One way Canales, 55, has set himself apart has been his Twitter personality. He regularly tweets a picture of his backpack to show where he is that day.
— Coach Mike Canales (@coachcanales) July 11, 2017
“The bag took off a little bit more than I thought it was going to,” Canales said. “It’s a different niche. It’s something that recruits like. They know, and ask where is the bag?
“It’s about being able to find a connection.”
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