KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones was back in action Saturday afternoon, doing what he does best from the sideline at Neyland Stadium.
The Vols held their annual one-day “Arsenal” quarterback camp, wisely cutting activities an hour short of the scheduled time because of an approaching rainstorm.
“Coach Jones is a very intense guy, brings a lot of enthusiasm to the camp and he gets you amped up,” said Keenan Streitmatter, from Peoria, Illinois, one of more than 100 quarterbacks coached up at Neyland Stadium, Haslam Field and the Anderson Training Center on the UT campus.
“Coach Jones is fast-paced. It was a really valuable experience.”
There were no reported offers to quarterbacks on Saturday, but the Vols’ coaches have film on the prospects they can examine over the summer.
Tennessee’s staff will head to Nashville on Sunday where it will hold its first satellite camp with hopes of identifying talent that might not have the finances or means to travel to Knoxville for one of Jones’ camps.
Will Jones (Page High School in Greensboro, North Carolina) and Shabazz Telfort (Boyd Anderson High in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) appeared to be the most noteworthy 2017 quarterbacks expected to attend Saturday’s camp in Knoxville.
Both quarterbacks stand 6-foot-4, but Telfort weighs 215 pounds and is a three-star prospect, and Jones is 20 pounds lighter and does not have a star rating, per 247Sports.
Media is allowed access at several big-time SEC schools’ football camps, but Tennessee is not among those programs.
As loaded as Tennessee currently appears to be at quarterback, having recently added the nation’s top dual-threat QB in the class of 2016 in Jarrett Guarantano, the Vols are expected to sign a quarterback in the 2017 class.
Jack Sears, a 6-3, 200-pound prospect from San Clemente, California, is certainly on the radar, holding an offer from the Vols.
Sears has several offers, including Duke, UCLA, Texas A&M, Washington, USC, Utah and Arizona State.
The 247Sports “Crystal Ball” projects Sears as a 100-percent lean to the Bruins.
N’Kosi Perry, a four-star QB from Ocala, Florida, is another 2017 target the Vols are playing catch-up on.
Perry is committed to Miami (Florida), but Vols assistant Larry Scott — a former assistant and interim head coach with the Hurricanes — has proven he can flip a recruit that he has been in on, doing so with Tyler Byrd, a top 100 player, in the 2016 class.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted