The Tennessee Volunteers officially fired head coach Butch Jones Sunday, and the move will likely have ramifications on the Vols recruiting class for next season.
Tennessee made the decision following a 50-17 loss to the Missouri Tigers. The loss dropped the Vols to 4-6 on the season and 34-27 under Jones. The team also suffered a big loss off the field last week as five-star commit and Knoxville native Cade Mays officially decommitted from Tennessee.
Now, the school will begin a coaching search that will be extremely vital for the trajectory of the program. A strong hire could stabilize Tennessee quickly and make the Vols competitive in the SEC East.
It will be interesting to see what impact the coaching change has on Tennessee’s current recruiting class, but at least two top players shared that they are remaining committed for the time being.
Brandon Cross shared an announcement on Twitter that he is staying with the Vols:
According to 247 Sports, Cross is a three-star CB from Orlando, Florida.
QB Michael Penix also spoke on the firing of Jones, and he said the coaching change is something out of his control. Penix said it does not change his recruitment at this time. Penix is rated by 247 Sports as a three-star, pro-style QB.
You can hear audio of Penix’s comments from Sports Radio WNML on AudioBoom.
At least these two guys are still headed to Knoxville.
Here is a look at Cross’ highlights from Hudl:
Here are Penix’s highlights from Hudl: