UT not 'mailing it in' with Truitt
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and the Volunteers coaching staff are on nothing short of a recruiting tear in the class of 2014. They have used various tactics to reenergize the Tennessee program and bring their program to the forefront of recruits minds, but Monday afternoon InsideTennessee.com got wind of a whole new tactic. Three-star cornerback prospect and Monroe, Ga., native Stanton Truitt visited his mailbox Monday afternoon only to see it stuffed to the max with letter from Jones and company. "Talking to Coach (Kyle) Kempt, he told me they do everything plus two," Truitt told InsideTennessee. "My dad told me to check the mail when I got home and I went to check it and there was a ton of mail. I didn't know what it was. Then I checked it and there were 102 letters from Tennessee. It was crazy. No one has ever showed me that much love." Offensive graduate assistant Cody Kempt has proved to be a vital asset to Butch Jones coaching staff in recruiting. In combination with Kempt's efforts, wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen have grabbed Truitt's attention early in the process. "Coach Z is my main recruiter," he said. "I talk to him or Coach (Cody) Kempt almost every day. They stay on me all the time. I have a really good bond with the coaches. I went up there for the first spring practice and got to talk with Coach Z and Coach Thig a lot. It was an honor to visit there and everything went great." A 5-foot-10, 185 pounder, Truitt is ranked as the No. 73 corner in the 2014 class according to FOX Sports NEXT and was extremely impressed when he stepped on campus for the first practice on spring ball. "I loved watching that first practice," he said. "Everything was so fast. No one was standing around the whole practice. Coach Jones was everywhere on the practice field and jumping in there and coaching his players. "A lot of head coaches don't get out there and coach, but he was right in there with all the players. He was on the intercom getting into it. That was big for me to see that." Not only has Truitt been impressed with Jones' coaching style, but also his recruiting style and willingness to pick up the phone. "The atmosphere at a school is important to me," he said. "I want to feel comfortable with the coaches. That is definitely how I feel at Tennessee. I talk to someone from there almost every day. Talking to Coach Jones means a lot too. It's not every day you get to talk to the head coach." Truitt, who has 4.39 40-yard dash speed, is getting attention from Florida, Kentucky, West Virginia, Cal, Missouri and North Carolina. However, he isn't quite getting the type of attention that he is from several Tennessee commitments. "It has been great to have those guys talking to me on Twitter," Truitt said of several Vol commits. "I got to talk to Vic (Wharton) today. It is great to get a teenager's opinion on why they made their decision. I haven't talked to Todd (Kelly Jr.) yet, but I want to do my research and talking to those guys is definitely part of that." Truitt, who plays quarterback for Monroe (Ga.) High School, finished his junior season with 2,458 total yards and 19 touchdowns. The Hurricanes finished the 2012 season with a 12-2 record falling to eventual GHSA Class AAAA State Champion Sandy Creek High School in the semifinals. The rising senior says that academics will be a factor in his decision as to where to play on the next level as he looks towards life after football. "Academics are big for me because I don't just want to plan the next five years of my life," Truitt said. "I want to make plans for the rest of my life because I know that football comes to an end at some point." Truitt, who hopes to be back to Rocky Top for the Orange and White game on April 20, says he wants to make a decision just as his senior season gets started, but could do so before. "I want to do my research before I make my decision, but that is going faster than I expected it to," he said. "I was thinking that I would make a decision by the second or third game of my senior season, but it could happen before that. Things are going really well." Stay tuned for more Tennessee football recruiting updates from InsideTennessee.com.