Former 'Bama LB, Titans pick Rashaan Evans explains what makes Jeremy Pruitt such a players' coach
If you want insight into what Tennessee is getting in head coach Jeremy Pruitt, Rashaan Evans is a great person to ask.
The former standout Alabama linebacker was just selected in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans and has already made his way to Nashville to be part of the Volunteer State’s professional franchise. Soon after making his way to the home of country music, Evans was interviewed by WSMV TV, the NBC affiliate in Nashville, and it wasn’t long into the interview before he was asked about his former defensive coordinator.
So what exactly should Tennessee fans be expecting from Pruitt? According to Evans, Vol Nation landed a players’ coach that’s interested in much more than getting the most out of his players in all aspects of their lives, not just in football.
“Jeremy Pruitt is a great coach. He is the type of guy that does country-coaching,” Evans said. “He’s very patient, and I think that’s what makes him such a great coach because he’s not just a coach, he’s a player-type guy.
“What I mean by that is he teaches you about life. He’s always implemented some type of thing that he’s been thru in his life and tries to help guys that are going through things off the field because if something is not right off the field, it transitions on to the field, as well. You’ve got to make sure both sides are balanced.”
That’s got to be music to the ears of potential Tennessee recruits, as one of Pruitt’s former players acknowledges just how much the coach cares about his players in all aspects of their lives. Considering he’s walked in their shoes, having played in the SEC, coached on championship teams at both the high school and college ranks, Pruitt has much to sell to recruits interested in Rocky Top.
If prospects hope to get life lessons before making their way to the NFL, Evans just offered up a strong sales pitch for his former coach to any potential Tennessee recruits. He should know, too, as he just realized that dream himself after being coached by Pruitt for two seasons.