HENDERSON, Tenn. (BNC) — CBS Sports recently reported on the family of Tennessee Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt, focusing on his son Jayse, who “is chasing his master’s in divinity studies.”

Know the Truth Radio has confirmed with Freed-Hardeman University president David Shannon that Jayse is a student at the FHU School of Theology, BNC correspondent Jamie Suiter said.

The report highlights Jayse’s spiritual commitment, even preferring to be in church above participation in sports. The reporter wrote that his father once carried him to a Sunday morning baseball game.

“I can remember one time we had a 9 a.m. game. Jayse didn’t play in the game. He went to church,” Jeremy recalled. “We got there about halfway through the game. … He’s a lot better influence on me than I am on him.”

As a teen in northeast Alabama, Jayse gave a good example as well.

Jayse was so mature that his peers called him “Paw-Paw” — a youthful nickname for “grandfather.” As a teenager, he’d be in bed by 10 p.m. — at the latest. He took a Bible to junior high school. There were no rebellious years.

Sports figures are often held up as role models. (I’ve never figured that one out.) Here, however, it appears we have someone worthy of imitation, not because of sports, but because of his putting first the kingdom of God.