Butch Jones was announced out as Tennessee’s head football coach on Sunday. And reportedly shortly after his firing, he contacted one of the Vols’ 2018 commitments and shared some advice with him.
According to an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Tanner Ingle, a three-star cornerback according to 247Sports, was contacted by Jones around 12:30 Eastern on Sunday via a phone call.
“I spoke with Coach Jones about 30 minutes ago,” Ingle told the Orlando Sentinel. “He said he didn’t really expect (getting fired) to happen, but it did. So he told me to find a place to go, quickly…and that if he gets anything he will contact me.”
Ingle remains verbally committed to the Vols, but he stated that his recruitment is open. N.C. State appears to be a front runner for Ingle as of now, and he plans on visiting the Wolfpack’s campus.
“I’m going to take my visits and see what happens from there,” Ingle stated. “I’d also like to see who the new coaching staff will be and if they will honor my commitment or not.”
Ingle is one of Tennessee’s 17 current commitments in their 2018 recruiting class. He is the No. 839 overall player in the class and the 124th cornerback in the class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.