Jeremy Pruitt comes to Tennessee with a reputation as one of the best recruiters in college football. Judging by the early returns of Pruitt’s recruiting efforts on Rocky Top, that sentiment is much more than hyperbole.
Despite only being on the job for a few weeks — not to mention he’s splitting his time between Knoxville and Tuscaloosa — Tennessee’s coach continues to win big on the recruiting trail for the Vols, with the latest pledge coming from Arizona Western junior college prospect Jahmir Johnson. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Johnson is ranked as the No. 4 junior college offensive tackle prospect in the nation according to 247Sports.
Johnson commits to the Vols over Missouri and USC despite first landing a scholarship offer from Tennessee on Dec. 7, soon after Pruitt was hired by UT. Johnson signed with Tennessee during the early signing period but the school did not reveal that information.
Following the 2017 season, Johnson was named an NJCAA First Team All-American after making an appearance in nine games last season. He was listed as a freshman by Arizona Western after redshirting in 2016 and has three years of eligibility to play for Tennessee over the next three seasons. He also played last season with Tennessee signee Dominick Wood-Anderson — the nation’s No. 1 junior college tight end prospect.
Here’s the video Johnson made to announce his decision to play in Knoxville:
The Vols now have a total of 14 signees for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Johnson’s commitment moves Tennessee up to the No. 22 recruiting class in the nation, up from No. 27, and the SEC’s No. 8 recruiting class.
Tennessee’s latest commit has a real mean streak on the field when blocking defenders, which is reminiscent of Freshman All-American Trey Smith’s highlight reel from last season. If you check out his junior college highlight reel, it won’t take you long to see his punishing style of blocking that’s likely to land him immediate playing time on Tennessee’s offensive line.