Jeremy Pruitt was able to secure one last commit before the start of the dead period. 3-star defensive end Jalil Clemons became UT’s 11th commit in the 2019 class. While Clemons is not a highly ranked prospect, Pruitt has a knack of finding diamonds in the rough. He also learned from one of the best in Nick Saban who has found countless underrated prospects.
Clemons is from Mississippi, showing the Vols dedication to recruiting the deep south. They have worked very hard to build relationships with high schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
The addition of Clemons gives the Vols three defensive line recruits. After having the second worst defensive line among power 5 programs last season, the Vols are in desperate need of more help. Clemons is only 238 pounds and will need to add significant weight. However, he will likely play a hybrid role of OLB and DE.
Many think Clemons’ recruitment is about to take off. While Tennessee is his only Power 5 offer, other SEC schools like Auburn, Texas A&M and Mississippi are interested and may offer soon. Clemons has been exceptional at camps this summer. He has the athletic tools to fit into Jeremy Pruitt’s 3-4 defensive scheme as an OLB. Clemons has great speed and is able to bend around the edge.
Clemons recruitment may just be beginning. Pruitt and the Vols remain a step ahead of everyone else with yet another underrated recruit. This commitment also shows that Pruitt is not afraid to compete with SEC West schools in their backyard.