Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is taking a proactive approach to recruiting and going overboard is not in the vocabulary of the first-year coach of the Volunteers as evidenced by his pursuit of Stanton Truitt (Monroe, Ga. Monroe Area).
As first reported by Kipp Adams of ESPN.com, Truitt got quite the surprise when he went to check the mail Monday after returning home from school and to his delight found a copious amount of letters from the school. In total Truitt (5-10, 185) received 102 letters from Jones and the rest of VolNation.
I know some of you reading this are going to think to yourself, what can 102 letters say that 87 letters couldn’t say and isn’t this going a little overboard and borderline obsessive behavior for a player that’s a junior in high school.
With the relaxed recruiting regulations in place now that type of behavior is going to become the norm, particularly in the SEC where Nick Saban has already employed this strategy when he successfully recruited Alvin Kamara to Alabama this past February. Saban topped Jones with 105 letters to the five-star running back.
If I was a recruit the caliber of Truitt, I would want to be shown how much a program loved me and how badly they wanted me to be a part of their program in the future. 102 letters certainly shows how bad Jones wants Truitt to be a part of the program much more than say Vanderbilt who only sent him 12 letters at a time.
But how much is too much? I don’t believe for a second he’s really going to read all 102 letters, despite the fact that teenagers love to hear people talk highly of them and how great they are. Sometimes less is more and you can risk turning off a recruit by taking this approach.
I mean this reminds me of a guy calling a girl 17 times after a first date like Jon Favreau’s character in Swingers, and it just gets worse and worse with every letter.
The three-star athlete accounted for 19 touchdowns and more than 10 yards per carry in his junior season while serving as a do-it-all type of player, but is being recruited to play cornerback or as a slot receiver by Tennessee.
Truitt currently holds offers from 18 schools, six of them from the SEC and Jones and his staff is showing that they are willing to go the extra mile to bring him to Knoxville, but what happens if a school sends him 103 letters?