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Committed but keeping an open mind
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt talks with New Orleans quarterback Lance LeGendre about every three days. This means LeGendre is being talked to as much as any other quarterback in the Class of 2019 right now. It’s interesting to note Pruitt is the one reaching out to LeGendre the most. When the Vols were pursuing Sam Howell, it was offensive coordinator Tyson Helton taking point on the recruitment.
Pruitt’s strong involvement might be because Tennessee wants him to know he’s a priority. LeGendre is currently committed to Kansas, so trying to slow-play his recruitment would likely only end with a program getting ignored. You have to show you’re serious to build the relationship with LeGendre.
Which is a risk for any program at this point. LeGendre is solidly committed, but he hasn’t shut down his recruitment yet.
“Right now, I’m 100 percent committed,” LeGendre told SEC Country. “I don’t see myself de-committing right now. I still have to go through the proper protocol with all schools, then I’ll make my decision from that point.”
By ”proper protocol” LeGendre means talking through how he’d fit in with every program. He also wants to see how the relationships with the coaching staffs form over time.
LeGendre stressed the fact he was still committed to Kansas. LeGendre’s former high school coach, Tony Hull, is on the staff at Kansas.
“Every team has a fair shot,” LeGendre said. “But I am committed right now. Every team has a fair shot, if that makes sense.”
Pruitt talking with LeGendre so much might lead some to think possibly the Vols are looking at him at another position. After all, Pruitt has shown interest in prospects having the ability to play multiple positions. LeGendre made it clear he doesn’t have interest in playing another position in college.
“I’m a quarterback all the way,” LeGendre said. “Any team that talks about me about playing another position probably won’t even hear about me talking to them. I play quarterback, not wide receiver or corner.”
Tennessee is in a good spot for now as the staff continues to chip away at Kansas’ lead. The Vols hosted LeGendre in March which left an impression on him and still stands out.
“The coaching staff treated you well,” LeGendre said. “They’ve got a nice organization and a nice facility. I could see myself playing there.”
The last sentence is clearly an important one and it means the door is still open for the Vols. There isn’t a timetable for a return visit at this point, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t some talk about one.
“I’m trying to schedule a weekend to get up there and talk to the head coach some more,” LeGendre said. “Build some more chemistry with him.
“I got to wait and see when. Talk to everyone and see how everything is moving then I’ll go.”
The 6-foot-3, 214-pound LeGendre hasn’t decided yet if he’ll take any official visits in the fall. He wants to talk with Pruitt some more before making that call. I imagine if the return trip happens and it goes well then Tennessee could push for an official visit.
The Vols aren’t just competing with Kansas for LeGendre’s four years of college. Alabama and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest right now along with Tennessee and Kansas. The Crimson Tide and Florida State already have quarterback commitments in the Class of 2019 which could give an edge to the Vols or Kansas.
The dark horse, though, might not even be in the recruitment to this point. SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman wrote about LSU trying to find its 2019 quarterback, as well. If the Tigers start to pick up some interest in LeGendre later this month, watch out. LSU could end up the favorite by the summer if that happens.
LeGendre has a very strong arm which Helton values in his offense. His athleticism could be a bonus in Tennessee’s new pro-style offense, as well.
Tennessee expecting a visit
Georgia 4-star defensive tackle Jaelin Humphries plans to be on campus Thursday, according to Spiegelman. This is a great opportunity for the Vols to impress a prospect they would love a commitment from.
Tennessee needs to add more size on the defensive line in a hurry. Humphries at 6-4, 300-pounds would do exactly that. He’d fit perfectly into the new 3-4 scheme.
LSU, Auburn, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia are recruiting him the hardest. This visit to see practice is the chance to move into the conversation for the highly-sought defensive tackle.
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