4-star QB Jarrett Guarantano commits to Tennessee
It didn’t take long for Tennessee to recoup a four-star quarterback for the 2016 class.
One month after Austin Kendall decommitted, switching his allegiance from the Vols to the Oklahoma Sooners, UT has picked up a verbal commitment from Jarrett Guarantano of Oradell, N.J.
Guarantano chose Tennessee ahead of Ohio State and Rutgers. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior-to-be announced his decision via a Times Square (New York) trailer.
He immediately becomes the top-rated player in Tennessee’s 2016 recruiting class. The No. 6 pro-style quarterback according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the Bergen Catholic student throws the ball very well on the run, according to scouting reports.
On Monday, ESPN.com predicted that if Gurantano didn’t pick Ohio State, “it’ll cause a tidal wave of changes to quarterback boards all over the country,” with the Buckeyes pilfering some other team’s top choice, creating a domino affect.
Joshua Dobbs, this year’s starter at quarterback for Tennessee, has eligibility through 2016. The Vols signed a trio of four-star quarterbacks in the 2015 class, one of whom will back up Dobbs this season.
It’s a long way off, and Guarantano can’t sign with Tennessee until February 2016 under the current rules. But it seems very likely he’ll redshirt in ’16 before competing for the starting job in ’17.