Tennessee quarterback commitment Jarrett Guarantano knows what his role will be when he shows up on campus this summer. He’ll no longer be a highly-touted prospect; he’ll just be another Tennessee football player.
That’s just fine with the 4-star prospect from Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell, N.J.).
“I’m not really into individual goals…I want to win SEC Championships and compete for national championships,” Guarantano said. “I’m just going to go onto campus as if I’m the starter. Obviously I know I’m not, but I’m going to treat everyday like I’m the starter and treat everything that’s going on like that,” the 6-foot-4, 201-pound Guarantano told SEC Country.
Guarantano is already working hard on the recruiting trail. He said he’s focused on two receivers: Donnie Corley from Martin Luther King High School (Wyandotte, Mich.) and Velus Jones from Saraland (Ala.) High School.
Guarantano also had time to focus on offensive tackle Landon Dickerson from South Caldwell HIgh School (Hudson, N.C.) while the two were at the Under Armour festivities last week.
“I think they’re pretty good,” Guarantano said when asked about the chances Dickerson would sign with Tennessee. “He loves everything about it, so hopefully I get the chance to play with him.”
The battle for Dickerson will be tough. He’s also considering Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Guarantano believes there is plenty for the Vols to sell.
“Just the atmosphere really, how everything is up there and how the fans act,” he said. “The coaching staff, it’s really a great place to be and I’m excited about the future.”
Guarantano has also been impressed with Tennessee coach Butch Jones.
“I think he’s doing great things,” Guarantano said. “I think it’s going to be a great place to be when they start really winning. “
The dual-threat passer knows he comes in ballyhooed. However, Guarantano is being realistic about making the transition to college, especially with three highly-rated quarterbacks above him on the depth chart.
“I think the one thing that I do have is show the veterans how hard of a worker I am,” Guarantano said. “To show them that I’m there to compete and make them better even if I’m on the scout team.”
Guarantano is the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 3 prospect in New Jersey. He committed to Tennessee in April.