Jeremy Pruitt's first season in Knoxville might not have gone according to plan as far as wins and losses go, but he's gotten Tennessee back on the right foot on the recruiting trail. UT's latest jewel is 4-star speed demon wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, who posted a video of him at Neyland Stadium decked out in Volunteers orange to announce his commitment to Tennessee.
The 6-0, 172-pound wide receiver from Dutch Fork High School in Irma, S.C. was long considered to be deciding between Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Unfortunately for Justin Fuente and the Hokies, Hyatt committed to VT only to decommit and reopen his recruitment, and ultimately decided to cast his lot with Big Orange.
Hyatt, who reportedly had a long-standing relationship with former Tennessee quarterback and current assistant coach Tee Martin, is one of the fastest prospects in the country, having allegedly been timed with a 4.31 40 yard dash. Rated at 4 stars by ESPN, he is a consensus top-10 prospect in the state of South Carolina for the class of 2020, with 247Sports ranking him as high as No. 6.
While Hyatt will need to bulk up before he can make an impact at Tennessee, Pruitt just snagged one of the fastest high schoolers in the country right out from under the nose of another quality program like Virginia Tech.