Tennessee Football’s season has been less than stellar. It seems like the struggles on the field are carrying over to recruiting.
Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee football had an amazing spring and summer on the recruiting trail. The Vols rose to the top of the country in recruiting rankings, and it seemed like Pruitt was poised to bring in at least a top-ten recruiting class.
Pruitt is a great recruiter, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s really difficult to recruit for a two-win team no matter who that team is and what they offer.
There’s no hiding that Tennessee’s season has been a failure this year, and if Pruitt didn’t just sign a new contract extension earlier this year, he might be fired at the end of the season. Tennessee athletic director understands the standards of Tennessee football, and a two-win season doesn’t meet expectations, especially in year three of Pruitt’s tenure.
Recruits are recognizing that a two-win season isn’t ideal, either. After a few recruits announced they were decommiting last week, another one joins the fray.
After six straight losses and a potential 2-8 season record, the Vols lose four-star tight end Hudson Wolfe from their commitment list. Wolfe announced on Thursday morning via Twitter that he will be opening back up his recruiting.
This is another big loss for Tennessee on the recruiting trail. Wolfe committed earlier this year in June, and he’s the sixth-ranked player in the state of Tennessee as well as the seventh-ranked tight end in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite ranking.
Now that Wolfe has decomitted, the Crystal Ball Predictions on 247Sports has him leaning towards Ole Miss over Tennessee.
Vols tight end enters Transfer Portal
As the Vols lose a tight end on the recruiting trail, it looks like they could lose one on the current roster to the transfer portal. Redshirt junior Jordan Allen announced he’s entering the transfer portal on Wednesday afternoon.
Allen’s announcement is similar to Wolfe’s announcement, and for any Tennessee fan coming across either of these tweets, it can’t be a good sign for the future of Tennessee’s offense.
Allen joined the Vols as a four-star out of junior college City College of San Fransisco in 2018. He was a defensive end and linebacker when he started his career with Tennessee before moving to tight end.
This is an interesting move by Pruitt and the Tennessee coaching staff because he has yet to record any stats as a tight end for the Vols.
I can assume that Allen is transferring because he isn’t satisfied with his move to tight end as well as his lack of playing time. It hasn’t been pretty for Tennessee’s offense this year, so losing a tight end on the recruiting trail as well as one to the transfer portal isn’t a good look for the Vols.
Thankfully, the football season is almost over, so we won’t have to endure much more of the atrocity that has been this football season. If the Florida game is any indication for the future, we might be alright with a new quarterback, but first, Tennessee has to beat Vanderbilt this Saturday.