As the offensive coordinator search at Tennessee approaches four weeks now (former Vols OC Tyson Helton formally accepted the WKU head coaching job November 27th), the topic of the Vols vacant coordinator spot was a popular topic for Jeremy Pruitt at his national signing day press conference earlier today.

After being asked a few times, in a few different ways, about where the search stands, Pruitt offered up the following interesting comment.

“I’d rather talk about recruiting right now. Ya know, the offensive coordinator sometimes is overrated.”

“You look, and you watch these teams out here, and there are some of these teams that it probably doesn’t matter who the offensive coordinator is – based off talent, or lack thereof. So I think the most important thing right now is recruiting.”

Candidates tied to the Vols search early on have flown off the board the last few weeks, ranging from Hugh Freeze landing the Liberty job, Chip Lindsey going from Auburn to Kansas, and NC State offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz landing the Appalachian State head job. We’ve heard a few other names in the mix in the past few weeks as well, so it will be interesting to see who the Vols end up tabbing for the spot, especially after these latest comments.

See Pruitt’s thoughts in the video.