Tennessee football recruiting is in a dead period for 2019. Here’s a breakdown by position of where the Volunteers stand and where they need to go here.
Tennessee football’s recruiting role over the last two month has been necessary just to get the Vols on equal footing with other programs. Now, though, things are about to slow down, even if they still have tons of work to do.
We all know that recruiting is the lifeblood of any program. We also know that given what he was going for, Jeremy Pruitt would have a tough time selling Tennessee football to recruits before coaching a game for the Vols on Rocky Top.
With the dead period underway, we’re going to evaluate the Vols’ recruiting class by each major position over the next two weeks, looking at one position a night while they’re in this period. The evaluation will analyze the current roster, the current commitments, and top and potential targets. We’ll then give a prediction and final take. Here’s an evaluation of each position.
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Pruitt inherited a program coming off its worst season in school history. He also had to completely change the recruiting board because he’s running different systems on offense and defense with Tyson Helton and Kevin Sherrer respectively. He also isn’t proven as a first-year head coach.
As a result, the Vols were significantly behind teams when it came to recruiting for 2019. But once May hit, they got on a roll. Since the beginning of that month, Tennessee football has secured eight commitments, including one during the dead period. They have simply been on a roll. Now, with 12 commitments and a Top 20 class, we want to take a look at where they need to go in the future.
The Vols are currently ranked No. 19 on Rivals with one five-star, five four-stars and six three-stars. Although that’s Top 20 overall, it’s only No. 9 in the SEC. So this school has serious work to do if it wants to return to its glory days.
Pruitt is trying to get this program to compete with the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs on the trail. However, it is difficult since he inherited a worse situation. That’s why he’s targeting some JuCo guys and looking to win immediately. He needs to make a splash on the field to win, and that’ll be the big thing to help him win with recruits.