You go to practice with the enrollees you have…

Okay, okay, so Jeremy Pruitt’s not exactly lighting in state recruiting on fire for the Vols, but at least he’s done a great job making up for that by bringing in some of Georgia’s top talen… er, what’s that, you say?

Tennessee is still waiting on the arrival of linebacker JJ Peterson, but coach Jeremy Pruitt continues to expect the four-star signee to enroll and be on the roster this season.

“He’s finishing up a class, and when he gets the class finished up, he’ll be here,” Pruitt said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “Would we have liked it to been last week? Absolutely. But that’s part of it. You’ve got to do it, and he’s working hard to do that.”

UT’s fall semester begins Wednesday.

Peterson became the top piece of Pruitt’s first signing class when he chose the Vols over Alabama, signing on national signing day on Feb. 7.

Good ol’ Rocky Top.

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20 responses to “You go to practice with the enrollees you have…

  1. ASEF

    Lol. Maybe Peterson is looking at all the LB losses stacking up again for Alabama and going, “Hm…..”

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    • Greg

      Between the two, would rather see him go there than UT.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        I don’t see the Tide making much headway in the state of Tennessee, either.

        Not sure what Coach Jones is doing at Alabama, other than ensuring UT pays full price for his buyout. 🙂

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  2. california_dawg

    Maybe I’m in the minority but I think Pruitt will do well at UT. He might not turn it into a powerhouse but he’s too talented a coach and recruiter to reignite another Butch Jones level dumpster fire in Knoxville. I imagine he resuscitates the program to a level that will cause us headaches in a season or two.

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    • Salty Dawg

      He will have to turn UT into a powerhouse if he wants to cause us headaches. He may do ok, but he will never be at Kirby’s level of coaching or recruiting. I hate UT. I dislike the others, but UT gets all the hate from me.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Th 3rd t as l er n th differential between us and UT is HUGE. Therefore, the coaching differential between the UT staff and UGA staff would need to be HUGE in UT’s favor to make it a threat in the east the next few years.

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    • Greg

      Been saying the same for a while now, they are already in the top 10 in recruiting. Just be careful, some take that as praise & think you are the enemy.. 😏

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    • Macallanlover

      He may be too talented a defensive coach, and too talented a recruiter to an established program under someone else’s leadership, but he has never been THE guy balancing all the balls and setting the tone/direction. I am not saying he won’t ever succeed, but until he has coached a season and shown he can be the Captain of the ship steering it through storms and tricky waters, I would hold off giving him the benefit of the doubt. The warning signs are all there, but he may grow in the role if given a chance and the support required, maybe not. What I am saying is I would feel differently if he were recruiting my son to play on his defense with a stable, proven HC in charge than him asking me to trust that he can run a major program on his own. Let’s see what develops, very volatile guy to be in a position that requires tact, and a cool head.

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      • Greg

        Agree, you don’t know until you know…gotta prove it. Just saying he is a threat for now, especially in the recruiting area. But if you don’t win, there goes the recruiting. It will be interesting to see how he and fat boy work together. He has to prove it.

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      • Uglydawg

        The “trickiest water” CJP may have to steer the ship through is going to be weathering the mutiny plans of PF if things don’t turn around for UT in a reasonable given time…and the Hillbilly definition of “reasonable” is quite different from normal folks’ definition of that word.
        If CJP turns it around and wins 6 or 7 games this year, goes bowling, and improves on that in ’19, it would seem to bereasonable progress to me. But
        I know a couple of UT fans that expect a CKS/Georgia type of turn around.
        They seem to think their program has a pedigree that rivals ‘Bama’s.
        But looking at where the Vols are after a devastating ’17 it just doesn’t seem very likely. They’re starting at rocky bottom. (see what I did there?)
        What will really put Pruitt in dire straits will if the brutal beat- downs to continue and another loss to Vandy. I sure hope the Dawgs do their part to make this happen.
        May UT begin to see themselves as UK does..a “Basketball School” with a perennial tier two to tier three football team.

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      • Mayor

        Remember Ellis Johnson at Southern Mississippi? Johnson was a well respected DC who had coached for multiple winning programs, the most recent before being hired in Hattiesburg being South Carolina which won 11 games his last year there. 0-12 his first season at USM and fired. You never know if a guy has what it takes to be the HC until he does it. Pruitt has flaws and they may come back to bite him and the Vols.

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    • As I’ve said before, I strongly believe The Peter Principle applies to Pruitt. Yes, he’s a strong DC and solid recruiter, but being a solid HC involves much more than than just having an input on D and recruiting well.

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  3. Bulldog Joe

    No worries for Pruitt. Coach Propst will see to it that JJ arrives in Knoxville in good physical and academic standing.

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  4. Argondawg

    JJ has two kids to provide for. He needs to get to UT and get that money. That dude is serious thirsty.

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  5. BowlDawg14

    Is there a “2018 Fabris Invitational” this year on the Free Office Pool page that I missed the link on??

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