We’re all waiting for Jermey Pruitt to bring that nasty, Alabama-like defense to Knoxville. It’s one of the main reasons he was hired, but the roster just isn’t in a place to expect results like that just yet.
One of the areas where this roster has been the thinnest at has been the outside linebacker position. Tennessee just hasn’t been able to generate a consistent pass rush since Derek Barnett left for the NFL.
Pruitt missed on a couple of highly ranked pass rushing targets late in last year’s cycle, but he was able to bring in Roman Harrison, along with Quavaris Crouch — who will play a little at each of Tennessee’s four linebacker spots to start.
With the 2020 cycle in full swing, Tennessee has zeroed in on another highly-touted pass rusher. BJ Ojulari, a 6-3, 222 pound edge prospect out of Georgia, saw Tennessee yet again this weekend. It was his fifth time visiting Knoxville since the Vols offered last year.
Ojulari saw Tennessee over the summer last year, then twice in the fall. He’s since returned twice, seeing Knoxville in January and now this weekend.
The Marietta, Georgia prospect is the 144th ranked prospect in the country, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He’s the 8th rated weakside defensive end and the 16th overall prospect out of the Peach State.
One thing Tennessee has going for them? His teammate and quarterback Harrison Bailey has already committed to Tennessee. Bailey has been working to help recruit for the Vols, so you know Ojulari is hearing from Bailey about the Vols on a regular basis.
Tennessee will have to beat out the Georgia Bulldogs, however, who currently hold six votes in the 247 crystal ball projection.