Tennessee takes QB commitment; has Gibson derby changed direction?


Late Monday, three-star QB Quinten Dormady committed to Tennessee after being offered about two weeks ago.

With QB recruiting resembling a grueling game of chess, one has to wonder if this is some sort of message about how the Vols perceive their situation with five-star QB/ATH Torrance Gibson, who told Saturday Down South a week ago that Auburn was now his slight leader over Tennessee after he attended the Big Cat Weekend. Gibson said Tennessee wasn’t exactly a distant second, but the Vols were at least behind by a hair.

“Tennessee moves to 1B,” Gibson told SDS. “Yeah I had to do something about that because I like both schools.”

Couple that with Tennessee’s need for QBs, and it’s an interesting situation.

The Vols offered Dormady, a 6-foot-4 Texas native, on May 28. Tennessee already has accepted a commitment from ATH/QB Jauan Jennings, and with this decision it looks like a very strong insurance plan just in case Gibson doesn’t end up in Knoxville–or maybe if Gibson does show up and ends up at another skill position, as has been suggested. With Tennessee’s depth issues at quarterback, it makes sense that coach Butch Jones would want to make sure he has two quality QB recruits on board (Dormady and Jennings).

At any rate, Dormady is a very talented Texan with outstanding size and is one of those signal callers with good instincts. He is an outstanding quarterback that Texas and Alabama also coveted at different times during the recruiting process. It is a huge pickup for the Vols, regardless of Gibson’s situation.

“It’s a great conference with great football every week,” Dormady told Saturday Down South on Monday night. “I can’t wait to be apart of it. It will be a fun four years.”

Win win situation.


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  • I’ll pass on Gibson…it scares me that a he got suspended from his high school team. I’m sure that didn’t come without warnings he failed to heed. Also friends in his area feel like he’s more athlete than qb.

    • I might agree with the athlete/QB thing. He’d probably be great at both. As for character? I know it’s tough to totally tell this on interviews, but I’ve been impressed in dealing with Torrance. He’s actually a pretty nice kid.

  • Dormady is a 2 star on rivals. I bet he’d jump to a 4 star if he had committed to the tahd.

    • Nah…he didn’t play last year. It’s fair that he’s a two star. Schools were waiting to see him throw in person before offering. I don’t think any of the recruiting services will have a good look at him until this fall.