Two top recruits announced their top teams, and Tennessee Football is in the running for both of them.
I was worried with everything shutting down that Tennessee football might struggle in recruiting. So far, it looks like Jeremy Pruitt and the Vols have everything under control.
Pruitt is one of the best up and coming head coaches in college football, and he’s proven that he could be the next great college football head coach in his first two seasons as Tennessee’s head coach.
He’s also an amazing recruiter, and that’s also showing right now as Tennessee continues to be in recruits’ list of top teams and getting verbal commitments for the 2021 class.
Aaron Willis, a top 150 linebacker, has released his top teams, and Tennessee is among the teams in the running for Willis.
Seven teams are left in the running for Willis, and the six other teams that are competing with Tennessee for him are Alabama, Arizona State, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, and Texas.
Per 247Sports, he’s the ninth-ranked outside linebacker in the country and is versatile enough to where Pruitt could put him at a few different positions and not see a major drop in production.
It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting an answer from him anytime soon, though. He had initial plans to make visits to all of these campuses, but those plans are currently on hold. Whenever the NCAA opens things back up, I assume he will be quickly making his visits with a decision coming soon after.
The other recruit that Tennessee is in the running for is top 100 quarterback Kaidon Salter. He’s a four-star, dual-threat quarterback out of Cedar Hill, Texas, and would add another great quarterback to Tennessee’s QB room.
Salter announced his top 11 teams, and along with Tennessee, the Vols are competing with Auburn, Baylor, Michigan State, Utah, Ole Miss, Arkansas, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Kansas and Louisville.
Tennessee’s luck in choosing starting quarterbacks hasn’t been great recently, with one exception in Josh Dobbs, so I am fine with Tennessee loading the QB room with top talent throughout the country to bring options to the offense.
He’s currently the 89th-ranked overall player in the country and the fourth overall dual-threat quarterback.
Salter’s most recent visit with a team is with Tennessee, where he made a trip to Knoxville on March 12th, the day before the NCAA postponed all in-person meetings.
"“Loved the coaches. (Offensive coordinator Jim) Chaney, (head coach Jeremy) Pruitt, (quarterbacks coach Chris) Weinke — really enjoyed all three of them,” Salter said. “They’re high-energy. Campus is beautiful. Loved the way that they coached at practice. Everything was great.This really helped them, being able to get down, sitting and talking to the coaches and seeing how they’re really feeling about and watching the practice, seeing the way that they coach, checking out their personalities,” Salter continued. “The players, the atmosphere, the education, academics, of course — all that was great.”"
Tennessee has yet to get a commitment at the quarterback position for the 2021 class, although they already have nine verbal commitments so far. The addition of Salter would help keep the momentum going for Tennessee throughout the offseason.