Two athletes have Tennessee football ranked in its top teams with possible announcements coming soon as Jeremy Pruitt keeps recruiting.
Although Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee football can’t meet with recruits in-person right now, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to stop working just as hard to get some of the best players in the country.
Due to that, we’ve now seen two recruits put Tennessee in their top teams, including in-state wide receiver Walker Merrill.
The 6-foot-1, 176-pound wideout also had LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, and Ole Miss in his top seven teams with the Vols. That’s some pretty good competition for the Vols, but if he wants to stay in-state, then Pruitt has a big advantage.
In the same Twitter post, Merrill said that his announcement is coming soon. That means he’s getting close to a decision, and that could be a good thing for Tennessee if he wants to stay close to home.
247Sports ranks Merrill as the 371st overall prospect, 61st receiver, and 11th recruit in the state of Tennessee, and he’s also the third-best wideout in the state.
In his junior season at Brentwood High School, Merrill caught 62 passes for 568 yards, along with a kick-off return for a touchdown in the State Quarterfinals.
Recruiting starts by winning the top recruits in your home state. If Pruitt wants to continue to be successful and build off of his success for seasons to come, then he needs to keep winning in-state recruits and Merrill could be a big step towards doing that.
The other athlete that has his eyes on the Vols is four-star tight end, Terrance Ferguson. The prospect out of Littleton, Colorado, has announced his top-ten and the Vols are on the list along with Washington, Penn State, USC, Ohio State, Arizona State, Oregon, Auburn, Wisconsin, and Texas A&M.
Not much competition in the SEC, but those are some top teams across the country that Pruitt is competing with.
Ferguson is the No. 296 overall prospect and No. 12 tight end, according to 247Sports among his peers in the 2021 class.
He can play more than tight end, too. He’s a dynamic receiver that can line up outside if he needs to and can also be an extra blocker at the end of the offensive line.
Ferguson caught 54 passes for 929 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 236 rushing yards and two scores on 30 carries in his junior season, and he is the ideal tight end for any team. If Pruitt and the Vols can convince him to come to Rocky Top, then that would be a huge recruiting victory.
Tennessee has the chance to land two huge recruits over the next few weeks. If Ferguson is also planning on announcing soon, then Pruitt could lock him down for good and prepare to bring two athletes to help Harrison Bailey’s offense.