It wasn’t like Tennessee football was making any serious moves for 2022 anyway, but the Vols now aren’t even able so salvage what was left of the class Jeremy Pruitt put together for that year. Firing Pruitt and the other nine staff members is really taking its toll.
Upstate New York defensive end Jimmy Scott, the one commitment in UT’s class of 2022, announced his decommitment from the program Wednesday morning. A three-star across all recruiting services, Scott comes out of St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, which is a hamlet in Hamburg, N.Y. just outside of Buffalo.
Standing at 6’3″ 250 pounds, the Erie County prospect had been committed to Tennessee football since August of 2020. He announced his decision to decommit on Twitter with a note explaining why he made the move.
Scott’s connection to Rocky Top was Joe Osovet. The tight ends coach of 2020 had been an off-field analyst under Pruitt the previous two years. However, Osovet cut his teeth coaching in New York at a variety of schools for nearly two decades. Osovet is not one of the coaches to have been fired, but it’s not likely they’ll see him retained.
UT could still be in play for Scott, to be fair, and the Vols could use some more outside linebackers and defensive ends. News of Auburn Tigers transfer Big Kat Bryant deleting his post committing to the Vols and of 2021 commitment Dylan Brooks asking for a release confirms that fact.
More players will probably continue to decommit from the 2021 class, ask for a release or transfer in the coming days given the Vols’ situation. All the rebuilding of the roster that was done under Pruitt is about to be undone. As a result, Tennessee football may have to start from scratch again when it comes to a rebuild, and the NCAA investigation may make it even harder.