'20 TN WR Holden Willis (USF commit)

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Why would this staff offer a kid like HW a PWO if there’s little intent on investing in him to eventually placing him on scholarship? They know he has SOs elsewhere so if there’s minimal integrity for the PWO why bother? Is he going to get the same practice reps or are UT coaches going to give him the same amount of their time as the kids on scholarship? If he can’t get a full ride from the school he’s dreamed his entire life of playing for then maybe like De1 is saying he should go where he has a full ride? I personally feel he’s plenty talented, skilled, and physical enough to be on scholarship at UT but it doesn’t matter what I think as I’m not responsible for the program.
 
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Sounds like people are up in arms over him getting a PWO offer vs scholarship. I trust Pruitt and his staff to offer who they EVALUATE and determine would be a good fit for the team. If they are offering him any sort of avenue to be on the team, they want him.
 
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But if it’s between student loans or free education at a major university why not take the free education... student loans are a huge problem for many people
The decision, though, is often a good degree vs a near useless degree. Sure you can get a scholly at D3 Mcneese Southern Christian College. But what is that degree's lifetime value vs a Vandy, UT, UF degree? Long-term value is important. A degree from Phoenix University means nothing to employers.
 

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The decision, though, is often a good degree vs a near useless degree. Sure you can get a scholly at D3 Mcneese Southern Christian College. But what is that degree's lifetime value vs a Vandy, UT, UF degree? Long-term value is important. A degree from Phoenix University means nothing to employers.
Two 2 yr degrees from Blountville U = one 4 yr degree from Phoenix U ?

Asking for a friend.....
 
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Sounds like people are up in arms over him getting a PWO offer vs scholarship. I trust Pruitt and his staff to offer who they EVALUATE and determine would be a good fit for the team. If they are offering him any sort of avenue to be on the team, they want him.

There are so many possibilities in this situation. MIGHT it be that the staff have sold an opportunity to be a Vol contributor after a year of development and combine that with his unique proximity to all facilities he could take a SHIRT of some color, and go on scholly after the first of the year. Full time? Part time? Play or not play this year are variables that would dictate some elements of the agreement. IF this is appealing to him and his family and their required investment is acceptable then it is a win win. Although it is possible I live close enough to have encountered him in local establishments, I do not know the kid and therefore do not know the ORANGENESS of his heart and if taking a better financial deal at a lower level program wins out at the kitchen table. He has options and I hope he is happy with his final decision at the conclusion of his playing career.
 

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There are so many possibilities in this situation. MIGHT it be that the staff have sold an opportunity to be a Vol contributor after a year of development and combine that with his unique proximity to all facilities he could take a SHIRT of some color, and go on scholly after the first of the year. Full time? Part time? Play or not play this year are variables that would dictate some elements of the agreement. IF this is appealing to him and his family and their required investment is acceptable then it is a win win. Although it is possible I live close enough to have encountered him in local establishments, I do not know the kid and therefore do not know the ORANGENESS of his heart and if taking a better financial deal at a lower level program wins out at the kitchen table. He has options and I hope he is happy with his final decision at the conclusion of his playing career.
I don’t think Pruitt is ceremoniously trying to find a spot for him without thinking he could help in the future. With that said, I think there are kids this staff is targeting that will be 1-2 year development players that could potentially redshirt year 1 but still play in some games while preserving the redshirt. All while the main focus of their first 12-18 months on the team will be S&C and playbook learning. This kid is likely to be a 4 year player. I trust this staff, and this kid should too, that the likes of Jim Chaney and Tee Martin can develop him into a great receiver in terms of being a big contributor and nfl prospect after a couple of years of time in the program.
 

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