The Tennessee Vols underwent several coaching staff changes this offseason.

One of the changes was Jeremy Pruitt’s decision to essentially move on from defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who is now at South Carolina.

Rocker was a solid talent developer — the Vols’ defensive line played above expectations in 2019.

But Rocker’s recruiting, which hasn’t been a strength in recent years, left a lot to be desired.

Jimmy Brumbaugh was hired away from Colorado to fill Rocker’s spot on the staff.

On Wednesday evening, three-star defensive lineman Isaac Washington, who was recruited by Rocker, decommitted from Tennessee.

Washington previously committed to the Vols last month.

I get why Washington decommitted — anytime there’s a coaching change, players need to reevaluate how they feel about a program. I know folks always say “commit to a program, not a coach”, but there are real relationships that are built during the recruiting process. Recruits deserve the time to take a step back when a change occurs.

Of course, Washington could still end up at Tennessee. He noted in his tweet that he’s still “extremely interested in becoming a Tennessee Volunteer”.

It’s ironic, however, that Rocker’s departure resulted in a decommitment.

But I don’t think this will be a trend. Tennessee’s recruiting should improve with Brumbaugh. This is likely an isolated event.

It goes to show, though, that maintaining the best coaching staff possible is extremely difficult in the SEC. Pruitt had to make a tough decision not to extend Rocker’s contract.

I think it was the right decision, but that doesn’t mean the positive effects will happen overnight.

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