Jeremy Pruitt and his new staff at Tennessee didn’t land that big fish in the 2018 recruiting cycle, despite their best efforts. It was just a matter of being limited with time, at least Tennessee fans hope. All things considered, Pruitt did really well to land a top 20 class after the tumultuous month of November. Toss the the unknown of a brand new early signing period and you really start to respect what this staff was able to accomplish.
With all that being said, the 2019 recruiting cycle has to be different. They’ve got to land a couple of those big time guys. That process began long before the national signing day.
Tennessee hosted the now No. 1 overall recruit (according to Rivals.com) in the country back in January. Quavaris Crouch visited Knoxville on January 13th. The 6-3, 224 pound athlete talked to Rivals about where his recruitment stood at the moment.
“There are a lot of schools recruiting me really hard right now,” Crouch said. “I kind of like Tennessee and Clemson. I have a really good relationship with the Clemson running backs coach, coach Elliott. At Tennessee, I like coach Pruitt and I feel like they have something going. There a lot of new faces up there from other places.
Rivals analysts say that Tennessee needs to show something on the field in 2018 to be a serious player for Crouch.
Tennessee has some momentum and, like South Carolina, needs to perform well this season to solidify their position in Crouch’s recruitment. Look for Crouch to release a short list in June or July.
Crouch is listed as an athlete, but is primarily thought of as a running back. His highlight film is honestly kind of comical — it doesn’t even look like he should be playing with some of the kids in high school.
Expect to have just about every college football power in on Crouch before it’s all said and done. We’ll see how Tennessee progresses here throughout the summer months.