Thought this deserves it’s own thread, so as to not muddy the player recruitment thread. Doc. Sinclair (aka Cinco) threw a lot out and down on Basilio yesterday, insofar as ‘cruiting. I’ll list these in bullet form, just as I heard / can recall them, and not necessarily in linear order. I will try to be as close to verbatim as possible, but even if not, the gist will hopefully be an accurate representation. You can listen to it yourself, either on Basilio’s app, or on the interwebz (click on the 11/6/19 podcast), here: http://tonybasilio.com/index.php?page=mp3_archives&which_shows=tony#archive_player Overall Recruiting Only Pruitt and Moose are taking recruiting seriously. The rest are coasting. This is known to many, both inside the program and beyond, particularly around the league, and has been for awhile, since many stepped on campus. “They have one great recruiter over there other than Pruitt (Moose), and the rest are “going through the motions”. The one coach is doing well in Memphis this year, but hasn’t done shit else. Some assistant coaches haven’t done shit, don’t intend to do shit, and seemingly don’t care to hide that fact. Hinted that some coaches know that they won’t be back next year, and have basically shut it down on the recruiting trail, as a result. He didn’t mention specific names. Sherrer is only here under the “friends and family plan” (no idea what that means) and hasn’t signed anyone of note in two years. This on top of being demoted from DC spot last year. Says Pruitt is spread too thin, and has been too trusting of assistant coaches to keep up with recruiting momentum while he focuses on the season, and particularly on keeping close ties on committed recruits. They are failing him, and he’s failing in thinking the head coach can be as removed from the process as Pruitt has been. In-State Recruiting Pruitt has [uck fay]ed up in recruiting the state for a host of reasons, including: Making in-state kids wait longer on offers, and Not being open and available to TN high school coaches, and Not regularly being out and about in the state, and Basically not allowing or being more accessible around the state has really hurt him in building relationships with the very people around the state who should be feeders to the program, but now aren’t. The consequences of these choices have resulted in TN losing in-state kids to other equivalent / better programs, including (I am well aware that I’m butchering these names - recall, I only heard them all) Zion Load Joe Anderson Bill Norton Ripka Tyler Baron in Knoxville (says watch out for OSU) Cinco hinted that Pruitt’s lack of accessibility extends even to his assistant coaches, and that perhaps some don’t feel like they can go to him to ask for help when a recruitment turns squirrelly. Tosh Lapoi Both the hosts seemed - strongly inferred? implicitly stated? - to think that Lapoi is coming to TN next year, ostensibly, as Rocker’s replacement. As you’ll see below, as to Hardy, Basilio’s recruiting guy (“X”) seems to agree, and treats Lapoi’s arrival as being a foregone conclusion, already predicting what he’ll do, once here. Hardy Noted that we were ghosted by Hardy yesterday, and were "blindsided" by Barn commit today. Says Pruitt is livid - “f’ing pissed”. Also says he can’t understand how the staff were “blindsided” because it's been widely known for weeks that Garner and Auburn were bending the kid's ear and gaining traction. Says that Auburn simply beat our offer, and added that if you think Tennessee isn’t engaged in the same, that you’re “naive”. Wondered why in the hell someone didn't get in the car and get their ass down there to Hardy’s house 1.5 hours away (which seems to be a fair question). Sherrer was Hardy’s lead recruiter - not Rocker - and says Gardner “absolutely smoked” him on Hardy, plain and simple. Basilio’s recruiting guy (“X”) says that Hardy won’t sign until February, and that “he could see Lapoi getting on campus (as an assistant) and recruiting him hard enough to swing him back to TN”. TN Optics Beyond TN Says everyone over there and around the league knows that TN isn't taking recruiting seriously, are coasting and that they basically see us as the kid to steal off of. Says some schools simply let us go find the kids off the radar and then they swoop in and snag them, once they hear we’ve given them a committable offer. GA ST & BYU Losses Says failing to prepare for GA ST and losing to BYU has absolutely killed us on the trail this year. Much more than most realize. He says that many wonder how we’re losing commits now, and while we’re playing great, but explains that those first two games are why most of these commits started looking around, particularly the higher rated. Worse, it was chum in the water for other schools, who saw a gigantic weakness emerge and which signaled them to start going hard after our guys as a result, and with a fantastic piece of negative recruiting to use against us. He said that the blooms of these defections are merely the seeds planted by those two terrible losses. Basically said that these two losses doubly-hurt by not only rendering our sizable efforts toward some elite talent essentially meaningless, but also left us struggling just to try to get in with the next downward tier of players. We were not only late to the party on many, but those who we sort of slow-played while chasing the bigger fish, and who were being busily and hotly recruited by and building relationships with other schools who wanted them more. That’s a tough row to hoe. VOL CALLS I accidentally caught Pruitt’s spot on Vol Calls last night, and just as he was lamenting the limited time he has with recruits. He said that recruits used to take OV’s for 48hrs, but that many now want to come in on Saturday morning, catch a game and fly out on Sunday morning....but he’s busy coaching the team, keeping up with our guys, and that he doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with them....while they are on campus on an OV....ostensibly, to spend time with the coaches....especially the head coach. Just a quick and random aside. Surely, he isn’t the only coach who also face the same, and have somehow managed to make it work. Cinco tends to be a pretty reliable insider and a measured source as to what’s going on over there, generally speaking, but take it with a grain of salt, reject it all, offer your own theories, etc.