Tennessee has its quarterback in the class of 2024.

The Vols landed a commitment from 4-star passer Jake Merklinger on Thursday afternoon. He chose Tennessee over Georgia, North Carolina and Michigan State.

Here’s video of his announcement:

Merklinger is from Savannah, Georgia. He attends Calvary Day School and is listed at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds.

Merklinger is a massive addition for Tennessee. He’s the No. 55 overall player and the No. 6 quarterback in the country for the 2024 cycle, per 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s also the No. 9 player from the state of Georgia.

He continues a strong line of quarterback recruiting under head coach Josh Heupel. In the class of 2023, the Vols landed 5-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava.

Tennessee is now up to 6 commitments in the class of 2024. Merklinger is currently the highest-rated commit in Tennessee’s class. Overall, the group ranks No. 13 nationally per 247Sports Composite rankings.

Here are some highlights from Merklinger’s junior season: