Tennessee staff continues to go big in recruiting, set to host All-American prospects
When Jeremy Pruitt was announced as Tennessee’s head coach, he came with a stellar reputation when it comes to recruiting. Of course, his chances of carrying on that standing in Knoxville wouldn’t be nearly as high without the right staff members joining him.
Considering Tennessee’s new staff is responsible for signing well over 140 elite prospects over the years in the SEC footprint, Pruitt has obviously brought along the right coaches.
Nowhere is that more evident than in the job the staff has done to help elevate Tennessee in the 2018 recruiting rankings in a short span of time. Soon after Tennessee lost several prospects to decommitments, which was bound to happen with the staff turnover in Knoxville, Pruitt has helped the Vols’ 2018 recruiting class rise up from the low 60s to knocking at the door of a top 15 ranking in under two month’s time.
The Tennessee staff isn’t done yet, either, not by a long shot.
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The Vols are hosting several top prospects on campus this weekend, many of which have come seemingly out of nowhere to show interest in the program.
One of the names that have been on Tennessee’s radar for some time is Coynis Miller. The 2018 Under Armour All-American selection out of Alabama has been committed to Auburn since October, however, he did not sign with the Tigers during the early signing period. In a recent radio interview with an Alabama radio show, 247Sports’ Barton Simmons singled out Miller as one prospect Auburn fans should be worried about considering the momentum Tennessee’s new staff has in Knoxville.
One name that’s relatively new to Tennessee’s radar is Georgia DB Taiyon Palmer. The four-star cornerback has seen his recruitment blow up in recent weeks, landing offers from the Vols, Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Arkansas among others. He will be in Knoxville this weekend as well.
Another new name to watch out for is Nesta Silvera. The Miami commit was a U.S. Army All-American selection this season. The big, he’s 6-foot-2, 302-pounds, defensive tackle out of Fort Lauderdale has been committed to the Hurricanes for nearly a year. However, much like Miller, he did not sign with Miami during the early signing period. He will also be making the trip to Rocky Top this weekend.
One intriguing name on Tennessee’s board is Trevon Flowers. The under-the-radar prospect signed with Kentucky to play baseball but has since decided he wants to play both football and baseball in college. He did not play high school football his junior season but did as a senior. Flowers will also be visiting Tennessee this weekend.
While not visiting this weekend, Tennessee recently offered Louisiana native Brandon Davis. The 2018 defensive back played for powerhouse program John Curtis in New Orleans. UT’s new receivers coach David Johnson is a well-respected recruiter with deep ties to New Orleans. Considering Johnson is new to the staff and Davis just landed an offer, the connection there is quite clear.
How many of these prospects have Tennessee in their final cut will be interesting to see but with so few spots remaining in the 2018 recruiting class, it’s very interesting to see the Vols handing out new offers and welcoming new faces to Rocky Top. Managing the numbers given the limited spaces available could be the main story of National Signing Day for Pruitt and his staff.