The ingredients Tennessee needs to assemble elite 2019 recruiting class

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“What does Pruitt and Co. need to do to achieve an elite recruiting class that can jump-start 2019?” – Chase M. (email)

While I don’t think coach Jeremy Pruitt needs to wildly overachieve in the win column in Year 1, it would help matters. A late-season push and making a bowl game would give Pruitt something tangible to sell prospects heading into the signing periods.

Tennessee could be coming up on a spark in the Class of 2019. I believe the Vols are picking up steam with 4-star tackle Wanya Morris, who ranks as the No. 40 prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Offensive line coach Will Friend has impressed plenty of prospects on the recruiting trail already. He’s well on his way to making the offensive line haul the best position group in the class.

The Vols would have the makings of a solid offensive line if they added Morris along with 4-star guard Jackson Lampley.

Start putting together a good line for the future and then a quarterback might hop on board, too. Tennessee is in heavy pursuit of 4-star quarterback Sam Howell. The pitch becomes possible early playing time and protection from Morris and Lampley for years to come. That might be tough to turn down.

Suddenly, the Vols would be picking up steam on the recruiting trail. Get a couple of solid prospects in the fold, and I think more follow.

Lock down the in-state prospects they’re targeting such as  Lance Wilhoite, Eric Gray and Woodi Washington, and the path to an elite class becomes clearer.

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Winning at a high level would help, of course. But Georgia finished with the third-best class in the country in the 2017 cycle. That was after Kirby Smart’s first season and an 8-5 record. The jury was still out on Smart at the time and he turned in an elite class.

Georgia has more of a recruiting advantage than Tennessee, but a top-10 class is possible. There’s just not much margin for error.

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