Freshman wide receiver Jocquez Bruce is leaving the University of Tennessee football program. The former local three-star recruit announced his decision in a statement.
“I would like to announce that I will no longer be attending the University of Tennessee,” Bruce said. “Coach (Butch) Jones and I have talked and have together decided that this is what is best for me at this time.
“I still plan to attend college, as well as play football, and I look forward to working with Coach Jones, and the University of Tennessee, as they help me find an appropriate fit. I appreciate the support I’ve received from Coach Jones, and the entire Vol nation.”
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— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) July 24, 2015
Bruce has been on campus since May after agreeing to blueshirt at UT in February. His agreement meant he was eligible to enroll and play football this upcoming season without being counted initially as a part of UT’s 2015 signing class.
Bruce was eligible to blueshirt under the understanding that he arrive to campus as a walk-on, forego an official visit and not receive an in-home visit from the coaching staff during his recruitment.
His reward for agreeing to all of this?
The frosh was expected to receive a scholarship after arriving on campus that would have counted toward next year’s recruiting class.
This news about Bruce comes shortly after he was suspended indefinitely earlier in the week from team activities for not applying himself off the field, according to media reports.
Several schools have inquired about Bruce, including Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State, Memphis, Charleston Southern, and a junior college, Northeast Oklahoma A&M.
Bruce played running back, receiver, and defensive back at Knoxville’s South Doyle high school last season and helped lead the Cherokees to an undefeated regular season in 2014. He finished the year with 1,381 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior.
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