As Jeremy Pruitt prepares to fill his first true class, the heat continues to pick up for the vols on the recruiting trail. Sure Pruitt and company technically has had 1 class already, but that was throwing a class together in a couple months coming off a terrible season and a disaster coaching search. He showed his potential when he landed #1 juco tight end Dominick woods-Anderson and 4 star ATH alontae taylor to headline his 2018 class. The 2019 class poses to be the foundation for the Jeremy Pruitt era and its off to a great start. Headlined by 5 star OT Wanya Morris, Tennessee is impressing the nation by pulling in 8 4&5 star players so far with the possibility of even more.
With obvious emphasis on the db position, pruitt has went out and put in the work to land some of the top DBs in the country. Harris, McCullough, fields, and Burrell all headline a tremendous class for the vols. I expect the staff to try and add one more db to the class.
Offensive line is obviously a need for Tennessee. Last season was devastating for the offensive line which included injury after injury after injury. At one time Tennessee had to start a tight end and a walk on at the same time. Pruitt looks like he’s building a nice wall at OL. 5 star OT Wanya Morris headlines this position group for the vols. Also committed is 4 star OG Jackson lampley and 3 star OT Chris Akporoghene. One spot is left open for this class to add 5 star OT Darnell wright. If the vols were to land him it would be incredible for the future of the trenches.
Staying on the offense, Tennessee has 4 star QB Brian maurer committed with 4 star wr Ramel Keyton and 2 tight ends in 3 star TE Sean brown and 4 star TE Jackson lowe. The vols look to add one maybe two more wrs to this class to cap off some nice offensive weapons for the future.
Our remaining top targets include 4 star DE/ OLB khris Bogle, 5 star ATH quavaris crouch, 5 star OT Darnell wright, 4 star CB Jaydon hill, 4 star WR Jalen curry and 4 star WR Trey Knox. The odds to land all these guys are long but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility to land 3 maybe 4 of these guys. A lot of this will depend on how well the staff shows these recruits that they’re really changing things in Knoxville. Adding these guys would surely land Tennessee a borderline top 10 recruiting class, something that hasn’t been done since the class of 2015.
Although Tennessee is coming off of a 4-8, season which is the worst season in Tennessee history, Pruitt and company are building something special with This class of 2019. Not only are they looking for talent but they’re looking for depth too, and so far it looks like he’s succeeding in all directions.
-Laray Jenkins- AVCIS