Sunday started off with big news for the University of Tennessee.
Head coach Butch Jones decided to decline the opportunity to finish out the season as UT's coach, leaving defensive line coach Brady Hoke as the interim for the remainder of the 2017 season.
But the bleeding didn't stop there as the Vols lost two more recruits after three-star wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis and three-star cornerback Tanner Ingle decided to de-commit from the program after Jones was let go.
I am officially decommitting from the University of Tennessee........— Shocky Jacques-louis (@ShockyMVP) November 12, 2017
Ingle de-commited just minutes after Jacques-Louis.
I’d like to announce that I’m opening my recruitment back up!— Tanner Ingle (@TannerIngle) November 12, 2017
These two players were added to the growing list of former UT recruits who have decided to jump ship after the disastrous 2017 season that has rendered the Vols as one of the worst teams in the country.
Jacques-Louis de-commitment isn't too much of a surprise since this is the second time he has turned a program down after committing. He de-commited from Kentucky before temporarily joining the Vols.
Many thought that once Jones was gone, the current class of 2018 would be more likely to stay on board, but this is a concerning development and leaves the Vols with more questions than answers as they begin the search for their new head coach.
Four-star wide receiver Alontae Taylor from Georgia has also de-commited from Tennessee. All of a sudden, a downtrodden offense looks like it will have marginal improvement in 2018.
BREAKING: 4-star UGA target Alontae "Tae" has de-committed from Tennessee. Which schools are in his new Top 5? --> https://t.co/RYIwZTlOVb pic.twitter.com/SuPh6Hm0YM— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) November 12, 2017
One of the top ATH’s in the country. https://t.co/EsnGVrwlC1— Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) November 12, 2017
Three star JUCO defensive end Dorian Gerald is opening things back up.
I’d like to announce that I am opening my recruitment back up! I would like to thank the staff for giving me an amazing opportunity but i have to make the best decision for me and my family!— Dorian Gerald (@TopNotchDG) November 12, 2017