Tennessee lost its second commitment Monday from the Class of 2018 in Jamarcus Chatman.
Thanks to all those who supported me at the University Of Tennessee pic.twitter.com/N7tB7MJN5K
— Jamarcus Chatman (@ChatmanJamarcus) December 12, 2017
The other de-commitment Monday came from cornerback Brandon Cross.
Chatman had been committed to the Vols since June 25. He had not taken any official visits elsewhere.
Chatman rates as the No. 29 defensive tackle in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. His future will probably be at the defensive end position, though.
Pruitt utilized a 3-4 scheme while a defensive coordinator at Alabama, Georgia and Florida State. This is a change from the defensive front former coach Butch Jones implemented. Pruitt might not have believed Chatman was a fit in the new scheme.
It would appear Chatman and Cross probably got the similar message from new coach Jeremy Pruitt. Both prospects were likely encouraged to check out their other options.
This is a gamble by Pruitt. Tennessee now holds commitments from 11 prospects this cycle. The Vols have struggled with depth across the roster the past two seasons. A very small class could exacerbate the problem.
The Vols hold defensive line commits from Greg Emerson, D’Andre Litaker and Brant Lawless. The new coaching staff will probably aim to add two more defensive linemen to the group.