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Tennessee Recruiting: Jeremy Pruitt has a busy first weekend on the trail

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Big weekend.

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The first weekend at the helm of the Tennessee football program was a busy one for Jeremy Pruitt and his staff — which is still coming together. The first order of business without a doubt is recruiting. The early signing period is coming quickly, which will allow commits to sign with their school from December 20th-22nd.

Pruitt had a little under two weeks to make impressions on recruits before the early signing period opened, and he hit the ground running. All through Twitter you could see offers being extended to top talent across the nation.

Probably the biggest offer that went out was to Jacob Copeland — a four star receiver prospect considered to be among the best in the nation. Copeland ranks in the top ten receivers in the country, according to 247 Sports.

The former Florida commit will now take an official visit to Tennessee next weekend.

Speaking of next weekend, former Tennessee commit Alontae Taylor will be back on campus with Copeland. Taylor spent the weekend in Knoxville and liked it so much that he has cancelled a visit to Louisville next weekend. With Taylor planning on signing early, this additional visit to Knoxville would seem to put the Vols back in the driver’s seat for Taylor.

The big fish dangling out here is still Cade Mays. Although Mays seemed to eliminate Tennessee, that was before Phillip Fulmer took control of the AD position. Fulmer has been involved in the recruiting process since taking over for John Currie. We’ll see if Fulmer and Pruitt can work together to keep Cade in the state. Mays plans to sign on December 20th.


With Pruitt now in the fold, here are a few new names to keep on your radar. I’m sure I’ve missed plenty, but here are the names that I was able to pull off of Twitter.

Notable new offers

5* CB Isaac Taylor Stuart

4* RB Jeremy Banks

4* WR Rashod Bateman

4* RB Jerome Ford

4* DT Robert Cooper

4* DT Coynis Miller

4* LB Brandon Kaho

4* DE Andres Fox

4* JUCO TE Dominique Wood-Anderson

Graduate transfer (Cal) OL Dwayne Wallace