Smartest decision Butch Jones made was also the simplest: Keeping Jay Graham on staff. That guy is worth every penny he gets. Now I want to see another assistant land a big fish.
Tennessee received a commitment Wednesday night from wide receiver Marquez North from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C.
“I was just comfortable with everything at Tennessee,” North told Volquest.com. “I was really comfortable with the new staff. It’s just big-time football and it’s not that far away from home.
“I just felt like it was the best fit for me. I’m coming in with the new staff and it’s like starting from scratch and I feel like I can make a name for myself through hard work.”
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley was fired in November and replaced by head coach Butch Jones. But the assistant coach recruiting North, running backs coach Jay Graham, was retained. That made a difference in North’s recruitment.
“Jay graham has really taken me under his wing,” North said.
He committed to Tennessee over North Carolina. Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora was scheduled to visit North in his home this week, but North canceled that visit.