The Georgia Bulldogs beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday night in Indianapolis.
Georgia was able to end their 41-year title drought thanks in part to a 40-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Adonai Mitchell in the fourth quarter. Mitchell’s touchdown gave Georgia the lead back — a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Bulldogs ended up beating Alabama 33-18.
Here’s the part that’s going to irk Tennessee fans — Mitchell wanted to play for the Vols. He even filmed a commitment interview with Rivals.com’s UT site “VolQuest”.
According to VolQuest’s Austin Price, Mitchell filmed a commitment interview outside of Neyland Stadium (with Price). But the interview was never released because Tennessee didn’t accept Mitchell’s commitment. This all went down in 2020, which means Jeremy Pruitt was the Vols’ head coach at the time.
Mitchell, who is from Texas, moved to the Nashville area to play high school football. He was rated as a three-star wide receiver during the recruiting process (247Sports’ composite rankings had Mitchell ranked as the No. 10 player in Tennessee).
Georgia recognized Mitchell’s talent and offered him a scholarship. He signed with the Bulldogs during the early signing period in 2020 (a month before Pruitt was fired).
Championship programs are built on four-star and five-star recruits. But there are always a couple of under-the-radar recruits that end up playing a big role, too. That’s why recruiting evaluations are so important.
Pruitt massively failed Tennessee when it came to Mitchell’s evaluation.
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