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Recruiting Reaction: DeBord exiting Rocky Top

Find out how Mike DeBord's departure as Tennessee's offensive coordinator may affect the future talent pool.

Recruiting success doesn't come without forged relationships.

College programs have deep, talented recruiting staffs at places like Tennessee and the head coach is always involved with the prime targets, but it's the position coaches that often have the predominate relationship with the high-school talents and their families.

Coordinators have a different role from the rest of the staff because they mean so much during the season in regards to gameplanning and playcalling. They don't tend to hit the road during the fall eval period, instead setting up shop in the team hotel on Friday nights to fine tune the map to victory and lead essential meetings.

Having said that, Mike DeBord was Tennessee's quarterbacks coach on top of being the offensive coordinator, serving two seasons in that role under Butch Jones after replacing Mike Bajakian.

Below is a look at what some of Tennessee's commits told IT about DeBord's departure:

Princeton Fant

“I didn’t really get to talk to him as much but God bless him and his family on his journey.”

Cade Mays

“He’s a great guy, and I’m sure wherever he goes he will land on his feet!”

Will McBride

“I really have no knowledge on it. It’s disappointing for myself because I really like coach DeBord and was looking forward to working with him. I really wish him the best though. He helped open an opportunity in my life in a short amount of time. I’ll always be grateful of him for that.”

TJ Sheffield

"I wish coach DeBord well and I'm looking forward to seeing who Tennessee picks for the next offensive coordinator."

Alontae Taylor

“I know everything behind coach Mike DeBord stepping down from UT as the OC. My thought on it is that he’s a great guy and a good coach. I have nothing but respect for him and his decision. Coach DeBord and I have a good relationship. God has a plan for everything. I wish nothing but the best for Coach and his family!”

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