Tennessee football: 5 things that went right for the Vols on National Signing Day

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KNOXVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 10: Drew Richmond #51 of the Tennessee Volunteers gets yelled at by head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half of the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on November 10, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images) /

No.2 – Signing multiple Five-star recruits

Guess who signed more five-stars than Dan Mullen. That would be Jeremy Pruitt.

Guess who was one of just ten teams to sign multiple five-star recruits. That would be Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee.

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The 2019 recruiting class for the Vols comes with impressive territory. Tennessee joins Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan, Auburn, and Ohio State as the only teams in the nation that signed multiple five-star recruits.

The Vols were the only team in a part of that group that finished last season with a losing record.

Jeremy Pruitt and company were able to reach that milestone by signing Wanya Morris and Darnell Wright, who we wrote about earlier. Both guys should make a case to start on the offensive line next season.

You have to go back to the 2015 class to find multiple five-star signees. Butch was able to sign defensive tackle Kahili McKenzie and defensive end Kyle Phillips. It happened again in 2010 when the Vols signed wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers and offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James.

It doesn’t happen that often, so what Jeremy Pruitt did in signing Morris and Wright in just his second season should not be undervalued.