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Tennessee’s firing of Jeremy Pruitt already shaking up recruiting in Alabama

By Ben Thomas |

Tennessee’s decision to fire football coach Jeremy Pruitt today according to multiple reports is already having recruiting ripple affects throughout the state of Alabama.

McGill-Toolen senior wide receiver Jordan Mosley – committed to the Vols since June 2019 – said Monday on social media that he would de-commit and pursue other options. He did not sign during the early period.

According to the 247 composite rankings, the 6-foot, 190-pound Mosley is the top unsigned senior recruit in the state. He is ranked No. 9 in the state.

Two other big-name Alabama seniors could also have decisions to make. Oxford wide receiver Roc Taylor committed to Pruitt and his staff last April and has been solid since. However, he also did not sign in December and is currently playing basketball for the Yellow Jackets.

“I think you will see other schools come in on him. I would imagine Auburn would get back in touch with him,” said John Garcia Jr., director of recruiting for Sports Illustrated. “(New Auburn wide receiver coach) Cornelius Williams is a local guy who knows the state well. He definitely knows about Roc, and he is a strong recruiter.

“I expect other schools to get involved as well after today’s news, just because he is a talented player who is available. I would imagine his phone will get a good bit of activity in the next week or so. For Tennessee, it may depend on which assistants they retain through this as to whether they keep him or not.”

Taylor caught 52 passes for 1,014 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets this season.

The other name to watch is Handley linebacker Dylan Brooks. The No. 2-ranked senior in the state did sign with Tennessee early but could ask for a release. He told Monday that he didn’t know anything yet.

“I will have to look into it,” he said.

Brooks helped Handley to the Class 4A state title this year.

“I would be curious to see if he asks out,” Garcia Jr. said.

The second National Signing Period for football begins Feb. 3. The top three unsigned seniors in the state are all wide receivers – Mosley, Taylor and former UAB commit Malachi Bennett.

“Malachi is a kid who can absolutely play,” Garcia Jr. said. “He also has SEC ties in his family. Typically, when you de-commit as he did with UAB, you know there is some other stuff coming down the pipe, so we will see. With Roc and Mosley and Bennett, there are some really nice wide receivers in Alabama that could compare with anyone in the nation as far as unsigned prospects.”

Tennessee also signed Albertville tight end Trinity Bell during the early period. Bell was playing basketball for the Aggies until a ruptured ACL sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

Other unsigned Alabama seniors include Dothan running back Jaylin White, Carver-Montgomery safety Juwon Gaston, Blount defensive back Kameron Grays, Demopolis defensive back Jay Jones (also a one-time Tennessee commit) and Jackson-Olin defensive end Kason Boston.

The Tennessee news is also having an affect on commitments in other states. Three-star offensive tackle Colby Smith from Reidsville, N.C., announced on Twitter he was de-committing and would re-evaluate his decision. He is the No. 34 ranked player in the state.

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