KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- WVLT Sports partner Volquest.com reports the new Tennessee head coach has built a legacy of expert recruiting throughout his coaching career.
Volquest reports Pruitt began his career as a high school coach at multiple Alabama schools, working his way up into the college ranks through his ability to connect with people and his intense work ethic.
In 2007, Pruitt joined Nick Saban's inaugural staff at Alabama under the title director of player personnel. Since then, he's been behind top players such as Derek Henry, who won the Heisman at Alabama, Jalen Ramsey, a Top 5 NFL Draft pick, Mack Wilson, DeMarcus Walker, Roquon Smith and C.J. Mosley, among others.
Possible Tennessee recruits have already begun coming out in support of joining Pruitt's team.
Tennessee is officially one of my TOP selected schools that I'll highly be looking into. ��✊�� #DOM1N8— Jacob Copeland �� (@JCope1era) December 7, 2017
Rivals.com analysts released the following statements about the potential of Tennessee recruiting under Head Coach Pruitt:
"If there’s any guy who can help salvage Tennessee’s recruiting class before the early Signing Day, it’s Pruitt. He’s very well-connected in the region and should have plenty of players in mind that he wants to bring to Knoxville. Now I’m not sure that he can go in and steal Alabama commits this year, especially given the short window of time, but the future is bright from a recruiting standpoint." — Woody Woomack, Southeast Recruiting Analyst
"I have been around Pruitt a good bit from FSU and Georgia camps in recent years and he is always working hard and working recruits. He is great in-person and he really knows how to press the right buttons when it comes to recruiting. He is very passionate about the game, he always has a plan in place and he is going to go after the best when he starts in Knoxville. This could end up being a great hire by Fulmer. Sure, there is always a risk when hiring a head coach, especially one who has no experience, but Pruitt has lived for football, he has been around the best (including his father) and failure is not a word he likes to say or hear. I see him getting talent to Tennessee." — Chad Simmons, Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst
"Pruitt is an excellent recruiter and I think he’s a good get especially after the debacle of a coaching search that occurred. I would temper expectations on the field as some people expect a Kirby Smart turnaround because of the similarities (defensive coordinator coming from Alabama staying in SEC with no head coaching experience) because he doesn’t have the same roster to work with, but recruiting should go well. He’s very well known in that aspect. Will it be better than Butch Jones at the beginning? That’s a high bar that was set, but I think player development, which will be much better, is more important and Pruitt should have a leg up there." — Mike Farrel, Rivals.com Scouting Director
Let’s gettt ittt🍊🍊🍊 OV At UT this weekend 731➡️865 https://t.co/QYToHw6axf— Greg Emerson/G.mamba (@sneakerhad_greg) December 8, 2017