There has been a lot made about the crowd size during the Orange and White game and if enough Tennessee fans showed up to please coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Well, one top prospect came away very impressed with the fan turnout in what is really a glorified scrimmage. The crowd size and fan support have stood out the most to class of 2020 prospect Dawson Ellington on his past two trips to Rocky Top.
“There were a lot of fans that came out to support the team, even for a spring game,” Ellington told SEC Country. “You can imagine how they’d support them during a regular- season game. I went to their homecoming last year and the fans stood out.”
Ellington is listed as an athlete because he plays both running back and cornerback so well for Marietta (Ga.) High School. His future is likely at cornerback if he were to end up joining the Vols down the line. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Ellington seems to have the natural ball skills in the secondary that Pruitt values. Couple that with his speed and it’s easy to see why the Vols are interested.
Pruitt also has plenty of experience building championship defenses, which appeals to prospects even if they were at other schools. His excellent track record and work ethic has stood out Ellington.
“Coach Pruitt just wants to get after it,” Ellington said. “He’s going to do good things with the defense.”
Ellington has a great offer list that includes SEC powerhouses Alabama, Auburn and LSU. He’s not in any rush to make a snap decision, though. This is going to be a long process.
“There’s really no school that’s standing out right now,” Ellington said. “Just trying to take it slow.”
Tennessee will have many more chances to impress Ellington. He plans to make a return trip to Knoxville this fall for another game.
The Class of 2020 could really turn into something special for the Vols. The coaching staff is in early on a number of top prospects, and Ellington is one of them.