Tennessee commit gets strange phone call from Butch Jones

Nov 11, 2017; Columbia, MO, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones talks with a player on the bench during the first half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Less than 24 hours after Tennessee was blown out by Missouri, athletic director John Currie decided that it was time to make a change and fired head coach Butch Jones. As is the case with many coaching changes, a school’s recruiting class can change significantly. Sunday was a rough day for Tennessee, as four Class of 2018 players who made verbal commitments to the SEC program de-committed and opened things back up with regards to their recruitment processes.

One of those players was 3-star cornerback Tanner Ingle, who attends Dr. Phillips HS in Orlando, Fla. In a conversation with Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel, Ingle noted that he spoke with Jones less than an hour after the head coach’s firing was announced.

Jones’ reported message to Ingle was an interesting one, and it won’t make Tennessee fans happy either.

“I spoke with Coach Jones about 30 minutes ago,” Ingle told the Orlando Sentinel Sunday afternoon. “He said he didn’t really expect that to happen, but it did so he told me to find a place to go, quickly…and that if he gets anything he will contact me.”

Interestingly enough, after telling the Orlando Sentinel that he would wait until a new coach was hired before deciding on whether or not to honor his commitment, Ingle announced via Twitter that he was reopening his recruitment.

In addition to Ingle, Top 50 prospect Alontae Taylor, wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis and defensive lineman Dorian Gerald also reopened their recruitments. Taylor, a wide receiver from Manchester, Tenn., is the second highly-regarded in-state prospect to decommit from Tennessee this week with offensive tackle Cade Mays being the first.

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