Tennessee added an experienced and talented quarterback this week with the arrival of former Maryland QB Kasim Hill.

At his Friday post-practice press conference, Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt explained how Hill ended up at UT.

“He contacted us about transferring, and we only have three guys on scholarship. (Hill’s) a guy who wanted to walk-on and have an opportunity to compete and participate,” Pruitt told reporters. “You know, it’s hard to find guys who want to do that who have started games in major college football.”

It is certainly rare to hear of a Power 5 starting quarterback who was once a 4-star prospect with 15 scholarship offers willing to walk-on at a new school. It would seem to indicate that he thinks highly of the Tennessee coaching staff and the coaches’ ability to develop him as a quarterback.

As Pruitt referenced, Tennessee currently has two freshmen backing up Guarantano: redshirt freshman J.T. Shrout and true freshman Brian Maurer. In his first two seasons at Maryland, Hill threw for 1,313 yards with 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He started 10 games for the Terrapins before suffering an ACL injury.