Tennessee's recruiting class lost two prospects Wednesday -- both quarterbacks -- but new head coach Jeremy Pruitt also secured the recommitment of his first big recruit since taking over at Knoxville.
ESPN 300 quarterback Adrian Martinez and three-star Michael Penix both announced Wednesday they are no longer part of the Vols' 2018 class.
Martinez, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound quarterback from Fresno, California, flipped his commitment from Tennessee to Nebraska. New Huskers coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco made Martinez a priority immediately after Frost was hired.
Martinez took a visit to Nebraska and was also contacted by Pruitt, but he decided to flip his commitment.
Penix, a prospect from Tampa, Florida, announced his decommitment on Twitter three days after receiving a scholarship offer from Florida State and new head coach Willie Taggart.
The news for the Volunteers wasn't all bad on Wednesday. Wide receiver Alontae Taylor, the No. 46-ranked prospect in the class, recommitted to Tennessee, becoming the first pledge for Pruitt since his hiring last week.
Jeremiah 29:11 -
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 1000% COMMITTED 🍊#PruittEra pic.twitter.com/6KW86Mm6ba
— AT6 (@TaeTaylor6) December 13, 2017
The Under Armour All-America Game selection backed off his long-time verbal to the home-state Volunteers Nov. 12 in the wake of rumors that Butch Jones would be dismissed. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound playmaker made official visits to Georgia, Notre Dame and Wake Forest before making a final official visit to Knoxville last weekend.
The recommitment of early enrollee Taylor gives Tennessee three ESPN 300 verbals among 10 commitments in the class.
Tennessee is expecting key visitors on campus this weekend in Knoxville, including ESPN 300 receiver Jacob Copeland, UCLA verbal Olaijah Griffin and ESPNJC50s offensive tackle Jahmir Johnson and tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson.