Pruitt 'saw something in Elijah Simmons to play at the SEC level'

Pruitt 'saw something in Elijah Simmons to play at the SEC level'

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Pruitt 'saw something in Elijah Simmons to play at the SEC level'

Elijah Simmons committed to Tennessee July 16.

Simmons, a 6-foot-1, 345-pound defensive lineman from Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School in Nashville will be in UT’s 2019 recruiting class.

Pearl-Cohn head coach Tony Brunetti discussed Simmons’ Tennessee commitment with Vols Wire.

“He is a big guy, a real wide guy,” Brunetti said of Simmons. “He is benching about 405 right now and is a three-technique and a nose tackle.

“He is outspoken and leads by example and is a very fiery guy and competitive. Elijah is physical and plays the game how it should be played.”

Simmons holds one other SEC offer from Missouri, but Jeremy Pruitt has a vision for the in-state prospect in his defensive system. Brunetti thinks “Pruitt is going to help elevate him to another level and saw something in him for his skill set to play at the SEC level.”

Simmons plays both on the offensive and defensive line at Pearl-Cohn and has not truly started to focus on playing solely on the defensive line.

“It’s hard for kids going both ways in high school to get their full potential,” Brunetti said. “He has not tapped into his resources for his full potential on one side of the ball.”

Brunetti says Pruitt “is looking for quality kids that can help him win in the right way” and “is going to take the kids he wants.”

Simmons is not expected to be an early enrollee.

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