We’re nearing the end of the position-by-position breakdown of the scholarship offers the Vols have extended for the 2015 recruiting class, and the last two positions are two of the most important positions for Butch Jones and the Vols moving forward.
Earlier this week, the running backs in the 2015 class were broken down and analyzed. While a dominant running back will go a long way to bringing Tennessee back to relevance, there is one position that will impact that more than the rest.
That position: Quarterback.
I admit, a month or so ago, this article would have been much more dramatic and enticing because the Vols were without a QB commit at the beginning of June. On June 9th, however, Tennessee finally got a commitment from a true quarterback prospect for the 2015 class. The Vols are still pursuing a handful of other QB’s in the class, but recruitment has died down a bit since then.
As of now, the Vols have offered 18 quarterbacks for the 2015 class, 9 pro-style QB’s and 9 dual-threat QB’s.
Quarterback prospects, more than any other position, typically commit to schools early in the recruiting process. Most QB’s will commit before the high school football season starts, and that’s definitely apparent in Tennessee’s offers. Of the 18 quarterbacks they’ve offered, only four remain uncommitted.
Because of the large amount of committed quarterback prospects, I will cover all 4 of the remaining uncommitted QB’s and a couple that are committed elsewhere but still appear to be high on Tennessee’s list.
The one true quarterback commitment the Vols currently have in the 2015 class is Quinten Dormady. Athlete Jauan Jennings is expected to be given reps at quarterback once he joins Tennessee, but his ceiling might be highest at safety. And since Jennings was already covered in the athletes and specialist breakdown, I won’t bore you with a repeat.
Quinten Dormady is a 4-star quarterback according to 247Sports and a 3-star QB according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He likely would be rated much higher if not for an injury to his throwing arm he suffered during the baseball season his sophomore year. He missed his entire junior season, but if his stats from his sophomore season are any indication of his talent, then Tennessee has quite the QB for 2015.
As a sophomore, Dormady completed 228 of his 372 passes for 3010 yards and 27 TD’s while only throwing 9 interceptions. He also added a rushing touchdown to his totals as a sophomore.
Dormady is rated as the No. 5 pro-style QB according to 247Sports and the No. 171 overall player. Of course, the Composite rankings have him rated lower, but that’s due to him missing his entire junior year. Dormady measures in at 6-4, 210 lbs and has a cannon of an arm. While he’s not as mobile as Torrance Gibson or Tennessee’s own Joshua Dobbs, he does possesses enough quickness to evade defenders and has a great pocket presence.
Before committing to Tennessee, Dormady was being heavily pursued by Alabama. Other teams had offered the Boerne, Texas quarterback, but it was essentially down to the Vols and the Crimson Tide. Tennessee fans rejoiced when Dormady spurned the rival Tide to join the Vols, and he gives Tennessee their coveted quarterback commitment for 2015.
Nothing helps a recruiting class like landing a big-time quarterback commitment, and since Dormady committed in early June, Tennessee has picked up 7 other commitments in the month following.
Some Tennessee fans might be content with just landing Dormady, but a good portion of the Tennessee fan base would like to see the Vols add another big name to their QB list for 2015. It looks like Butch Jones wouldn’t mind doing so either because he has yet to give up on recruiting other potential additions.
Will the Vols add a third (technically) QB to their 2015 class? Read on, and you’ll see who Tennessee is still targeting and who might join the 2015 class.
All stats and rankings are from 247Sports unless noted otherwise.