Recruiting

Volunteers recent recruiting success gives fans a reason for optimism

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Don’t let the euphoria fade as it pertains to Tennessee’s recent blitzkrieg of recruiting success under first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt. In fact, it’s a reasonable contention that there’s continuing reason for a boisterous outlook.

Pruitt & Co. have snagged four recruits in the past month, including consensus five-star offensive lineman Wanya Morris and four-stars Lakia Henry, a junior college linebacker, and wideout Ramel Keyton.

Tucked in the middle of all these national recruits was foundational tight end Sean Brown from Rome, Ga. Through the years, I’ve found that committable offers carried as much or more weight than any rating, and the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Brown had those from Auburn, LSU, Kentucky and Ole Miss among others.

This is hallmark for virtually each Tennessee pledge. The Vols beat out Auburn, and almost every other program in the country, for Morris, while the most recent addition, Henry, is likely still resting up from his weekend trips to Nebraska and Ole Miss. Still he’s pronouncing Tennessee his future home.

So, why should this optimism be sustained? Well, aside from the Vols’ May commitment explosion, they’re well-positioned for additional success moving forward.

Top-rated running back Quavaris Crouch, the 6-3, 223-pounder from Charlotte, just last week posted a workout video in which he donned Vols shorts. Crouch’s recruiting travels already include multiple visits to Rocky Top, and he’s indicated he’s not done traveling west over the Great Smoky Mountains to learn more on Tennessee.

Additionally, with in-state four-star offensive lineman Jackson Lampley – a four-star with schools from Auburn to Clemson to Ohio State and more clamoring for his services – setting the foundation for this 2019 class in February, the Vols feature a powerful peer recruiter with an infectious personality.

RELATED: A player-by-player look at Tennessee’s May recruiting commitments.

And they aren’t positioned thusly for any singular reason or coach; rather, Tennessee – with Pruitt’s gloriously impatient approach – is blistering the recruiting trails and on-campus visits as a collective staff. Previous regimes might have had two or three “ace” recruiters, but this staff doesn’t have a single “dead-weight” member.

Newcomer Brian Niedermeyer, in his first-ever on-field post, comes across as the Vols’ most in-touch, hip recruiter and also carries with him an insane work ethic. He’ll drive or fly wherever Pruitt tells him to recruit. You get the sense Niedermeyer would walk, if needed.

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