Tennessee football: Evaluating 2021 QB commits at dead period

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Here is the quarterback situation for the Tennessee football Volunteers’ 2021 class.

In 2020, Jeremy Pruitt was able to propel Tennessee football into the top 10 of most recruiting rankings because of the Vols’ one unanimous five-star. That five-star just happened to be a quarterback in Harrison Bailey.

This year, Bailey’s addition makes the Vols loaded at quarterback. He is one of two true freshman, the other being athlete Jimmy Holiday, who may play another position. Brian Maurer is a true sophomore. JT Shrout is a redshirt sophomore. Kasim Hill is a walk-on transfer redshirt junior.

Finally, there is redshirt senior Jarrett Guarantano, the favorite to start. Guarantano, Hill, Shrout and Maurer all have starting experience with a Power Five team to be fair. That’s a big jump from 2019, when Tennessee football entered the season with Guarantano as its only quarterback to ever play a game at the college level.

Still, after Guarantano leaves, Pruitt, Jim Chaney and Chris Weinke could have a wide open race to replace him. While the other guys we named could all be in the running, UT could also stand to add some talent. It never hurts to have more people when you have a competition for a starting job.

So what are the Vols looking like for 2021 at quarterback? In this post, we’re going to kick off our evaluation of Rocky Top’s recruiting class for next year by looking at that position. Currently, Pruitt has a top five class, but there is always a way to make it better. It’s perfect timing to do this as the Elite 11 Finals began on the day of this post.

As we go through this, we’ll be analyzing who is committed and any of the guys the Vols are still targeting. We’ll close things out with a final take, discussing what the program needs going forward, and a prediction. This is our breakdown of Tennessee football’s 2021 recruiting class during the dead period at quarterback.

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