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Report: Tee Martin set to return home, join Jeremy Pruitt’s staff at Tennessee

Huge get for Pruitt.

NCAA Football: Southern California Spring Practice
Mar 7, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans offensive coordinator Tee Martin reacts during spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Tee Martin is finally coming home.

According to multiple reports, the former Tennessee quarterback has joined Jeremy Pruitt’s staff, a little over 20 years after winning a national title as a Volunteer. ESPN’s Chris Low had it first.

Low reports that Martin had opportunities with Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Maryland, turning them all down to join Tennessee.

Martin has spent the last several years with USC, eventually climbing his way to offensive coordinator. He called plays for the first time this year, but was let go after the season by Clay Helton. Before USC, Martin had a two year stop at Kentucky where he was the wide receivers coach.

Martin’s role at Tennessee has yet to be determined. As we figure that part out, keep this report in mind from John Brice regarding receivers coach David Johnson.

Tennessee will have to either shuffle a coach to an off the field role, or someone will have to take a job elsewhere. Brice mentioned David Johnson, but rivals also mentioned Charles Kelly potentially leaving for Maryland as a possibility. Chris Weinke has also been a name that’s been through the rumor mill this offseason.

Regardless of what he is on staff, Tennessee is getting an experienced position coach and a former national recruiter of the year coming home to his alma mater. Martin is credited with landing Adoree Jackson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Amon-Ra St. Brown at USC, among others. In total, Martin has 11 five-star signees on his record, which is probably the main reason Jeremy Pruitt made it a priority to get Martin back to Knoxville.