I spoke with North Shore (TX) defensive coordinator Garrett Cross on Thursday night to discuss a few players that Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee took a look at on Monday during their visit to Houston, but will also be looking towards the future.
When I asked coach Cross for his thoughts on Pruitt after he visited, he said the following:
“I’ve known him since his days at Alabama, I’ve always had a lot of respect for him since his time in the high school ranks. I’ve learned a lot watching his defenses over the years. You can tell he’s doing a great job as head coach and you can tell based off their strong finish that they have a lot of momentum heading into the 2020 season.”
“Jeremy and Brian Niedermeyer came in and just gathered information on all the 2021 and 2022 prospects. After that, he was able to eyeball the kids and watch them participate in the drills. He gave us his thoughts on all the kids that he watched and from there we just talked a little football.”
Here are a few players that Tennessee fans should be keeping an eye out on from North Shore:
Jaeden Roberts: “He’s 4-star OG, he’s a massive human being, you’re not going to find a lot of high school kids who have his build this early. For a 6’5″ 340-pound young man, he doesn’t have a lot of body fat. One of the things that stands out is ability to bend, he does a good job on pulls and double teams, and he continued to improve as the year went on in pass protection.”
Ed’zavier Deblaw: “He got his first offer from LSU last summer at a camp, he’s 6’3″ 335 pounds and he’s another one that could really move. He actually got hurt in our first scrimmage of the 2019 season, he had knee surgery and will be full-speed by fall practice. He’s one to keep an eye out on.”
Dematrius Davis: “He’s a 4-star, true dual threat QB. His knowledge of the game, he’s been coached really well and it shows on football field. He’s a great athlete and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. He has great arm strength and very hard to tackle in open field. The most impressive thing about him his the ability to lead a football team and take control of the game, being at his best when it’s needed.”
Denver Harris: “I believe Tennessee was his first offer, our DB Coach Theadis Reagins drove him up to Knoxville this past summer for a camp. Harris ended up running a 4.3 40-yard dash. He’s every bit of 6’1″, 180 pounds, has great ball skills, we play a lot of press man, he’s real physical off the line of scrimmage. Great ability in run support. to fit where we need him to. He showed really good physicality.”
Kristopher Ross: “He’s 6’3″, 265 pounds. He’s very explosive off the ball, he through the shot put as a freshman 56’8, which is fantastic as a freshman. He can run, he’s got a real good body type, uses his hands well, smart player and a quick learner. He really improved as the year went on.”
Jacoby Brass: “This is a young man who’s going to pop up on a lot of radars in the future. He’s going into his junior year and should get some really good film. He’s a very twitchy edge rusher, he gets off the ball well and uses his hands to his advantage.”
When I asked coach Cross about new Tennessee RBs Coach Jay Graham, he said “He built a great relationship with us during his time at Texas A&M, our kids have definitely seen him around a bunch and our kids have a great rapport with him.”
Jeremy Pruitt is looking to do bigger things in Texas, and with the addition of Jay Graham, it looks like it could be on the horizon.