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Tennessee’s Plan of Building Pipeline in Marietta Nears Completion

Aug 17, 2019 | VOL Articles, VOL Football 2019

MARIETTA, GA– Since the very beginning of his tenure, when Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer hired Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt as Head Coach of the Vols, Pruitt had a plan and a vision of what he had to do to bring the Volunteers back to their glory days. Pruitt knew recruiting was a necessity if he wanted to win in the toughest conference in College Football. Pruitt was fully aware that he had to build pipelines and bring in out of state talent if he wanted to rebuild Tennessee into what they used to be and now it appears that Pruitt is near completing a pipeline in the talent-rich city of Marietta, Georgia.

Marietta is a community of about 60,000 people located near Atlanta. They are known for their high school football program and for producing some of the best football players in the nation. Tennessee worked on painting the city orange for a while, and they have now landed yet another big-time recruit from the school. BJ Ojulari, a 4-Star ATH committed to the Vols Friday afternoon over Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, and Florida. He joined Marietta’s star quarterback Harrison Bailey in Tennessee’s 2020 class. In addition to the 2020 class, Pruitt also signed Ramel Keyton, a 6’2’’ 189 pound 4-Star wide receiver in the 2019 class. Keyton is expected to make a big difference for the Volunteers during his time on Rocky Top, and was a fan favorite when he signed with Tennessee.

Marietta is extremely close to becoming Big Orange territory, but Tennessee’s coaching staff isn’t done yet. In order to finish Tennessee’s take over of Marietta, they will need to land Arik Gilbert, a 5-Star TE. This will be easier said than done though as lead recruiter Brian Niedermeyer will need to beat out Alabama, Georgia, and Clemson for Gilbert’s services. The two future Vols on Marietta’s roster Harrison Bailey and BJ Ojulari will need to help peer recruit Gilbert if the Volunteers will land him, which seems to be lining up perfectly. Yesterday, Ojulari said, “We want Arik Gilbert. He’s the next big priority for us, and hopefully, we can sway him to come to Tennessee and join the family.” Ojulari would go on to say, “I am going to do everything in my power to get Arik Gilbert.”

Turning Marietta orange would certainly improve the talent Tennessee brings in and ultimately it may be enough to bring Tennessee back to relevance. As for now, we will have to wait and see but the Vols are certainly headed in the right direction.

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