Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer on Vols’ recruiting efforts: ‘We finished really good from where we were’

“He was not happy the way a couple of things went down at the end,” Fulmer said of Pruitt. “He’s such a competitor and I love that about him. That’s what you have to be. Anything you’re going to be successful at, you have to believe in it and compete.”

Fulmer pointed out that it was a recruiting dead period for much of the time Pruitt was coaching at Alabama. But phone calls and studying video for player evaluation would have been valuable. Fulmer certainly seemed to think Pruitt made the best out of a tough situation.

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“We hire him on one day, had the press conference and the next day we sent out a couple of jets,” Fulmer said. “We had seven guys in here working to salvage a recruiting class. We’d like for it to have been a little bit better at the end than it was, but we finished really good from where we were.

“I’m proud that he’s here. Now we’ve got to all go to work and figure out how to get back in the championship mix.”

There’s no question UT’s roster needs an upgrade.

“We had really special players here while I was a coach,” Fulmer said. “He played against a lot of them. He knows about them. That’s what he wants to get back at Tennessee – great players, then coach the stew out of them and develop them.”

At least in the 2019 recruiting cycle, Pruitt won’t have to work two jobs at once.

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