If you watched Jeremy Pruitt at the podium on Tuesday afternoon, you probably caught his not-so-subtle recruiting pitch to wide receivers around the country. Tennessee, quite honestly, had struggled at the position since Pruitt’s arrival. The Vols have signed just one blue-clip player at the position in the past two cycles.
With four seniors about to exit the program after this year, Tennessee is in need of some help at receiver. With several high profile targets left out there on the board, Pruitt had a message to send at SEC Media Days.
“Wide receiver, you would think would be a strength on our team,” Pruitt said in Hoover. “Like I said, we only have 12 seniors, but four of them are wide receivers. I’m going to say that again — Four of them are wide receivers, so if I was a wide receiver in high school, Tennessee would be a great landing spot in the near future.”
Jauan Jennings, Marquez Callaway, Tyler Byrd and Brandon Johnson will each see their eligibility expire after 2019, freeing up a ton of snaps in an offense that should feature a senior quarterback in Jarrett Guarantano in 2020.
It was reminiscent of his first SEC Media Days comments, where Pruitt talked about visiting Huntington, West Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Those just happened to be the hometowns of five-star tackle Darnell Wright and four-star athlete Quavaris Crouch. Tennessee was in the mix for both at the time, but they were far from being considered favorites.
Tennessee, of course, landed both.
Pruitt’s most recent pitch on Tuesday didn’t single one player out, but it did single out a position. Might five-star LSU commit Rakim Jarrett have heard? What about four-star Jalin Hyatt? Maybe even five-star tight end Darnell Washington, who Tennessee is recruiting as a hybrid receiver.
Tennessee needs multiple commitments at the position and need