Tennessee lost a commitment from the 2019 class on Sunday as four-star athlete Te’Cory Couch flipped to Michigan. Couch had been committed to Tennessee since June of 2017.
4-star DB Te’Cory Couch, previously linked to Tenneesee, is now a #Michigan commit. pic.twitter.com/x8Yw9Ykwdp— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) April 15, 2018
Couch committed to Butch Jones and the previous regime, but his status with the new staff was always up in the air. Jeremy Pruitt has a type at cornerback — and Couch isn’t that type. The 5-9, 148 pound defensive back doesn’t fit it with the six foot-plus targets that this new staff has been targeting.
Couch said in February that Pruitt’s staff hadn’t shown too much interest in retaining him. “I don’t think they’re really that interested in me like that,” Couch told 247 Sports.
Miami and Michigan emerged as the two new players for Couch. Today, he made his pledge to Michigan. Tennessee’s need at cornerback is still obvious, but it’s clear that the new regime didn’t see him as a fit.
Looking elsewhere, Tennessee offered three-star cornerback DJ James over the weekend, who is committed to Mississippi State. We’ll see if the Vols can generate interest in some bigger names over the summer.