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Following latest visit, Tennessee now trending for top athlete Quavaris Crouch

Things are looking up.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at West Virginia Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Just about 24 hours ago, Clemson held all 16 of 247’s crystal ball projections for top athlete Quavaris Crouch. That was before he unexpectedly ended up at Tennessee just days before the early signing period.

Those projections have now shifted in a big way. Clemson now holds just 59 percent of the projections, down from 100 percent yesterday. Tennessee has gained 35 percent of the vote, which may continue to grow as the day goes on.

This would be a major pull for Jeremy Pruitt and his staff, who have been working on him since they arrived. You could make the argument that he’s been their number one ranked target in the 2019 class. They’ve stayed on him, getting him on campus five times throughout the year. He even showed up in Charlotte to watch the Vols take on West Virginia to start the season.

Crouch is the 39th ranked prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He’s expected to play either running back or outside linebacker at the next level.

There has been plenty of speculation about Crouch’s signing plans. He’s set to announce at the All-American game on January 5th, but some have reported that he intends to sign early, but keep that signing silent until the 5th. That would explain why Tennessee getting him on campus this weekend as his final stop would be such a big deal.

Tennessee now sits in a pretty good spot to finish the 2019 cycle with a bang. The Vols lead for five-star tackle Darnell Wright and have gotten in late on a couple of big name running backs.

For as frustrated as fans have gotten with the offensive coordinator search, it’s important to remember that Jeremy Pruitt is pretty good at this recruiting thing. The next couple of months should be fun following the trail.

Update: Tennessee now holds 59 percent of the crystal ball projections.