Elite in-state prospects appreciate Jeremy Pruitt's honesty during visit to Tennessee
Jeremy Pruitt recently picked up his biggest commitment to date at Tennessee with the Vols landing a verbal commitment from Georgia offensive line prospect Wanya Morris Wednesday evening. Following a recent visit to Knoxville by some of the Volunteer State’s best prospects, Morris’ pledge could be the first of many big ones for the Vols in the coming weeks and months.
Three of Tennessee’s most sought-after recruits were in Knoxville this week as receiver Trey Knox and defensive backs Woodi Washington and Adonis Otey made the trip from the Mid-State area to Rocky Top. Based on some of their reactions following the visit, Tennessee helped its position with each prospect.
All three recruits, all of whom are uncommitted at this time, expressed their appreciation of Pruitt following the visit. While many coaches would attempt to boost the egos and marvel at this skills of three elite prospects, Pruitt apparently took the opposite approach and was critical of one aspect of each of their games.
That’s an interesting approach but one that seems to have resonated with each of them according to Cecil Joyce of the Daily News Journal/USA TODAY Sports. Each of the three shared the comments Pruitt made to them about improving their games by working on a specific aspect of their craft.
“I feel like today, there was more one-on-one time with Coach Pruitt,” Knox said to Joyce. “He kept it real with all three of us. He was telling us all our weaknesses.
“I think the fact that Coach Pruitt kept it real and wasn’t just sucking up to me was a lot more admirable. I like people that keep it real. If he tells me I need to work harder, I’m going to do it.”
Knox is listed as the nation’s No. 33 overall receiver and the No. 4 prospect in Tennessee per 247Sports Composite Rankings. Washington rates as the state’s No. 6 prospect and a four-star corner per 247Sports Composite. While Otay is also listed as a four-star recruit and Tennessee’s No. 17 overall prospect according to 247Sports Composite.
It will be interesting to see if the strategy pays off for the Vols but considering the three recruits play positions of need for Tennessee and live relatively close to campus, it makes sense that all three will give Pruitt and his staff every opportunity to win them over before making their final decisions on which college to attend.