The regular season is over and schools all over the country are making changes at the head coaching position. While that’s fun to follow and speculate on, it also has a ripple effect on the recruiting world.
That’s the case with Jabari Small, who decommitted from Ole Miss on Monday following the firing of Matt Luke. Tennessee has been involved with Small, receiving votes in 247 Sports crystal ball projections before his initial commitment to Ole Miss.
After a lot of prayer and thought with family, I feel that it’s best to de-commit from the University of Mississippi at this time. This does not take away the love I have for the coaches, the university and the entire Ole Miss community. Thank you all for everything.— Jabari Small 2️⃣ (@JMS4_) December 2, 2019
The three-star running back out of Memphis is the 20th ranked player in the state of Tennessee. He visited Knoxville in late October. Tennessee currently has one running back commit in their 2020 class in Tee Hodge. Small would give the Volunteers a different style of back from Hodge, perhaps giving them another playmaker in space.
Small is also a teammate of big Tennessee target Omari Thomas — the third ranked player in the state of Tennessee. Thomas is the 101st ranked player in the class, checking in as a four-star defensive tackle prospect.
Here’s his reaction to the Small news.
December 2, 2019
Thomas currently has two crystal ball projections in favor of Tennessee. The 6-5, 300 pound lineman has been a priority throughout the 2020 cycle for the Vols.
Small picked up his Tennessee offer during the summer of 2018 after a camp date. Both he and Thomas were finalists for the Division II-AAA Mr. Football award, which Thomas claimed on Monday night.
Now with a change at Ole Miss, could both end up at Tennessee? Jeremy Pruitt could certainly use both to jumpstart his 2020 class once again, which seemed to stall out after an 0-2 start.
Tennessee has momentum back on the field, now they need to find it off the field as December begins.