Jeremy Pruitt has not even coached a single game of his first season as the University of Tennessee’s head football coach, and he has already gotten his second season trending in the right direction.
Because of the debacle of a coaching search at the end of last season, Pruitt had almost no time to get together a recruiting class before the early signing period kicked off, but now he is taking full advantage of his first real opportunity to prove what he can do.
We have put together a list of every 2019 recruit committed to Tennessee so far, and we will continually update it as more commits start rolling in.
Melvin McBride is the latest guy to commit to play for Tennessee in 2019. The big O-lineman announced his decision on Twitter Wednesday morning.
McBride is a 3 star offensive lineman out of Whitehaven in Memphis. At 6’4” and 315 pounds, he definitely has the size to be successful on the line in the SEC. 247Sports has the big man as the 17th highest recruit in Tennessee, and the 430th player overall.
McBride had plenty of other offers to choose from, and many people thought he might chose to stay close to home and play for the Memphis Tigers. In the end, he chose Tennessee over Memphis, Florida, South Carolina, and Arkansas among others.
Jeremy Pruitt and his staff landed another big time defensive commit Friday when Jaylen McCollough tweeted his commitment to the Vols.
McCollough is a 4 star safety from Powder Springs, Georgia, and he joins the long list of other Georgia kids planning on heading to Knoxville next season. 247Sports has him listed as the 15th ranked player out of Georgia, and the 131st best player overall in the 2019 class.
The 6 foot defensive back weighs in at 194 pounds, and is considered to be a top 10 safety in his recruiting class. McCollough just started his senior season at Hillgrove High School, and picked Tennessee over Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, and many other power 5 programs.
Tennessee’s new coaching staff has been killing it on the recruiting trail over the last few weeks, and they landed another difference maker on the final day of July when Savion Williams committed to the Vols.
If you have kept up with Tennessee recruiting over the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed a trend. The last 5 commits, including Savion Williams, have been defensive players. Jeremy Pruitt is known as one of the best defensive coaches in college football, and he’s been able to lure some really solid defensive guys to Knoxville lately.
Savion Williams is a JuCo transfer from Lackawanna Community College in Scranton PA. He’s the number 1 JuCo defensive tackle in the 2019 class, and the 17th ranked overall JuCo prospect according to 247Sports.
The 3 star DT is 6’4” and 315 pounds. With a frame like that it’s not hard to see why so many power 5 programs wanted him. Williams chose Tennessee over Georgia, West Virginia, and Nebraska.
News broke over the weekend that 4 star cornerback, Tyus Fields, committed to play his college ball at the University of Tennessee.
The 5’10”, 182 pound defensive back is about to start his senior season at William Amos Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina. In his junior season, Fields had 2 interceptions and 92 tackles, with 60 of those coming as solo tackles.
Fields is the second cornerback of the 2019 class to commit to Tennessee. 247Sports has him ranked as the 23rd best cornerback in the 2019 class, and the 6th best prospect out of the state of North Carolina.
Fields picked Knoxville over Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, and Penn State among others.
Warren Burrell is the second defensive player from the state of Georgia to commit to Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee team in less than a week.
Burrell is a 6’0”, 170 pound cornerback out of Suwanee, Georgia. He plays his high school football at North Gwinnett High School, and 247Sports has him as the 53rd ranked player in Georgian and the 44th overall corner back in his class.
Getting Burrell is big for the Vols for a couple of reasons… 1: because many other elite programs wanted him, and 2: he is another guy Jeremy Pruitt has been able to snag from the state of Georgia. Burrell picked Tennessee over Alabama, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia among many others.
Roman Harrison is a defensive end from Bainbridge, Georgia, and he committed to the Vols this week via Twitter.
The 3 star defensive end is rated as the 91st best player from Georgia in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports. The 6’2”, 240 pound lineman picked Tennessee over Michigan State and Georgia Tech.
The Vols landed their third defensive lineman commit for the 2019 class on 7/16/18. In-state big man Elijah Simmons announced his decision to head to Knoxville by posting this video on Twitter:
At 6’0” tall and 353 pounds, his size alone gives Jeremy Pruitt a reason to be excited about the future of his defensive line. The nose tackle is the 22nd ranked defensive tackle in the 2019 class, and the 22nd highest rated recruit in the state of Tennessee, according to 247Sports.
Simmons is about to start his senior year of high school at Pearl Cohn in Nashville, and he picked the Vols over Memphis and Mizzou.
Chris Akporoghene is the latest Vols commit, and the big offensive lineman from Nigeria announced his commitment via Twitter on 7/16/18.
The 6’4’’, 280 pound offensive tackle is about to start his first and final season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and the 3 star lineman picked Tennessee over Auburn, Florida, and Oregon.
The most impressive thing about Akporoghene is that he is a 3 star recruit despite playing football for only two seasons. If he is already this good after only two season, there is no telling how high his ceiling could be after being developed by Jeremy Pruitt and his coaching staff.
Brian Maurer is a 3 star quarterback from Ocala, Florida, and he announced his commitment to Tennessee on 6/27/18.
The 6’2’’, 180 pound pro-style quarterback did not receive an offer from the Vols until about a week before his commitment, but his play at the Elite 11 Camp is what really opened the door for him to receive offers from bigtime schools.
Maurer chose Tennessee over Ohio State and West Virginia among others.
Jalil Clemons is an under-recruited defensive end out of Starkville, Mississippi. The 3 star is the 22nd best player of the 2019 class in the state of Mississippi, and the 608th ranked player overall according to 247Sports.
The 6’2”, 238 pound defensive lineman did not receive an offer from Mississippi State or Ole Miss, and Tennessee is actually the only Power 5 school to offer him period. Last season, 22 of Clemons’ 72 tackles were in the backfield, and 11 of them were sacks. He also forced 5 fumbles in 2017.
Aaron Beasley is the 41st ranked athlete in the country, and the 469th ranked recruit overall in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports. Beasley announced his commitment on Twitter in early June.
At 6’0’’ and 220 pounds, the 3 star is a safety and a running back, but it is looking like Pruitt wants him to play on the defensive side of the ball. Beasley had plenty of other Power 5 offers to choose from, including offers from Auburn, Florida, and Nebraska.
Anthony Harris is a 4 star safety from Havelock, North Carolina, and he committed to Tennessee on 6/8/18.
Harris will end up being one of the top recruits in Jeremy Pruitt’s first real class, and 247Sports has him ranked as 14th best safety of 2019. Over the last two seasons, he has 6 interceptions, 15 tackles for losses, and 139 total tackles.
The 6’1’’ 171 pound DB, picked Tennessee over Clemson, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Florida State.
Jeremy Pruitt got another bigtime defensive recruit back in late May when Lakia Henry announce his commitment to the Vols.
Henry is a 4 star inside linebacker transfer from Dodge City Community College in Kansas. Henry is the top rated junior college ILB transfer in the 2019 class, and he is the 3rd overall ranked juco transfer in this year’s class.
Last season, Henry recorded 13 tackles for negative yardage, 2.5 sacks, and an interception. He chose Tennessee over Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M.
Ramel Keyton is the 28th ranked wide receiver of the 2019 class according to 247Sports, and he publicly committed to the Vols on 5/16/18.
The 4 star wideout had over 1,000 receiving yards, and 16 touchdown catches, during his junior season at Marietta High School in Georgia. At 6’3’’ and 186 pounds, his athletic frame is definitely a positive in the eyes of the Tennessee quarterbacks.
The Georgia native chose the Vols over Georgia, Florida, and Alabama among others.
Sean Brown is a 3 star tight end from Rome, Georgia, and he tweeted his commitment to Tennessee in mid-May.
The big 6’5’’, 245 pounder is the 29th rated tight end of the 2019 class, and he chose Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee over Auburn, LSU, and Kentucky.
Wanya Morris is Jeremy Pruitt’s biggest commit during his short time in Knoxville. The 5 star offensive tackle announced his commitment on 5/1/18.
Morris is the 24th ranked prospect of 2019, and is the 5th best recruit at his position. The Logansville, Georgia product attends Grayson High School where he will have one more season of high school football this fall.
Morris will almost certainly be the centerpiece of this recruiting class for the Vols, and he was highly recruited by many elite college football programs. He chose Tennessee over Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, and many others.
East Tennessee kid, Darel Middleton, committed to the Vols for the second time back in early April.
Middleton was a Tennessee class of 2016 commit while he was attending Oak Ridge High School, but ended up going to East Mississippi Community College. Now after playing juco football, he is headed back to East Tennessee.
Middleton is the 29th ranked juco player of the 2019 class, and he is the 4th ranked defensive tackle. At 6’7’’/290, the big man should provide immediate help to Tennessee’s defensive line. Middleton chose the big orange over Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida.
Ledarrius Cox is a 6’4’’, 305 pound defensive tackle from Mobile, Alabama, and he tweeted his commitment to the Vols on 4/4/18.
The 3 star recruit is the 30th ranked defensive tackle, and the 16th ranked player in Alabama, according to 247Sports. Cox will play one more season at McGill Toolen High School before heading up to Knoxville.
He chose Tennessee over Georgia, Auburn, and Florida state.
Jackson Lowe is one of the first guys in the 2019 class to commit to Jeremy Pruitt and the Vols. He announced his decision on Twitter on 3/30/18.
Lowe is the 13th ranked tight end of the 2019 class, according to 247Sports. At 6’5’’ and 242 pounds, he has the potential to be a reliable target through the air for Vol quarterbacks.
Lowe’s early commitment was a huge momentum boost for the new Tennessee coaching staff. He chose the Vols over a ton of high profile schools, including Georgia, Alabama, and USC.
Jackson Lampley is the first commit of the 2019 class for the Vols.
Lampley is a Nashville native, and is about to start his senior season at Montgomery Bell Academy. The 4 star offensive lineman is the 8th ranked player in Tennessee, and the 222nd ranked recruit overall, according to 247Sports.
Lampley chose Tennessee over Florida, Auburn, and Texas A&M among others.