Welcome to SEC Country’s weekly mailbag, a question-and-answer forum between readers and Tennessee team and recruiting reporter Blake Morgan.
In this edition, we discuss why Tennessee lost commitments this week, when commitments will come, and the latest with Adrian Martinez.
De-commitments a process of Pruitt getting the wrong guys out for the right guys to come in???
Maybe they don’t fit the scheme or way he wants this team to physically be? (Jake Mahaffey – Facebook)
Has coach Pruitt told these guys that have decommitted to find other options? (Jordan Jones – Facebook)
Tennessee lost commitments from 3-star cornerback Brandon Cross and defensive end Jamarcus Chatman on Monday. The plug was also officially pulled from cornerback Tanner Ingle, which SEC Country has predicted for a few weeks. The Vols also moved on from 3-star quarterback Michael Penix out of Tampa Bay, Fla on Wednesday.
These de-commitments are not the same type as previous ones, though. Cross, Chatman and Penix, in particular, wanted to play for Tennessee. New coach Jeremy Pruitt didn’t think the prospects fit his new system.
Cornerbacks Cross and Ingle, both Orlando, Fla., natives, were not big enough to play the style Pruitt plans to implement. Pruitt wants big, physical corners who can press wide receivers at the line.
There will likely be a shift to a 3-4 scheme next season. Chatman, from Rome, Ga., didn’t have the measurables Pruitt was looking for at defensive end.
When will we soon see some “commits” versus all the DE-commits”? Faith can move mountains, I know. BUT, some talented big uglies sure do help the cause. Would like to see some substance to anchor my faith. (Randy Canada – Facebook)
I think the commitments will start to come later in the week with some this weekend.
Pruitt has a number of interested prospects taking official visits this weekend. The dead period begins Dec. 18 and the early signing period begins Dec. 20. This is Pruitt’s last shot to swing some commitments before a lot of them sign elsewhere.
This weekend could yield a number of commitments. At the very least, Pruitt has to convince some the targets to not sign elsewhere Dec. 20. It could be advantageous to prolong some decisions so Pruitt can get another chance to talk to the recruits.
Tennessee did pick up a commitment Wednesday from Alontae Taylor.
What’s the word on Cade Mays (Andrew Drollman – Facebook)
Cade Mays has talked with this staff. I’ve been told the door isn’t completely shut, but it doesn’t look good for the Vols. I believe the coaching search put Tennessee too far behind in his recruitment.
The coaching staff did visit Mays on Wednesday. It might not be enough to turn the Knoxville native 5-star back into a Vol, though.
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