Tennessee got great news Wednesday morning when Alontae Taylor committed. The Vols got bad news in the afternoon.
Quarterback commit Michael Penix announced on Twitter that he has de-committed from Tennessee.
— Mike Penix (@_tech9mike) December 13, 2017
Penix had been solidly committed to the Vols since April. He took only one other official this season, which was to Indiana.
From the note in his tweet, it seems that the new coaching staff pushed Penix out the door more than him wanting to de-commit.
The lefty from Tampa, Fla., received an offer from Florida State on Monday.
Penix rates as a 3-star prospect and ranks as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Tennessee now holds 11 commitments in the Class of 2018. At one time it was the top-ranked class in the SEC.
The Vols hold one quarterback commitment in Adrian Martinez. Nebraska is making a big push for Martinez, though, and trending in that direction.
Coach Jeremy Pruitt is putting his stamp on the class. He obviously did not think some of the prospects the previous staff was high on fits into the new system.
This was the third de-commitment of the week for Tennessee. All were more the coaches changing directions, not the prospects.