KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is high on 2017 QB Jack Sears, but a recent Scout.com video with the California high schooler indicates coach Butch Jones and his staff have ground to make up in his recruitment.
San Clemente (Calif.) High School’s Sears, among the quarterbacks competing at the Elite 11 finals in Redondo, Calif., last weekend, had plenty to say about his relationships at UCLA, where he reportedly is leaning.
Sears was asked about several of the schools recruiting him, but he seemed most enthused about his recent trip to see the Bruins.
“The most recent was to meet Coach (Jim) Mora,” Sears told Scout.com. “My dad and I enjoyed the visit. We got to sit down wth Coach Mora for an hour or two and talk with him and just kinda build that relationship.”
UCLA quarterback coach and passing game coordinator Marques Tuiasosopo — a former star quarterback at the college level at Washington (1997-2000) and eight-year NFL veteran — is also close with Sears.
“We have a fantastic relationship and it continues to grow and build on top of it,” Sears said of Tuiasosopo said, “and we talk once a week or so, and it’s great.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Sears, is a four-star prospect who was ranked No. 6 among the Elite 11 finalists competing in Redondo. He didn’t have much to say about his upcoming visit to Tennessee.
“This will be my second visit there,” Sears said. “I’m just gonna kinda check in again, get another feel for them and see if I see myself going there.”
Sears, who first visited Tennessee on April 7, said he plans to make a commitment to a school in July.
Jones and the Vols held their annual “Arsenal” camp on Saturday, but none of the quarterbacks impressed enough to warrant an offer on that day.
Tennessee was the first SEC school to offer Sears, but he’s also drawn interest from Texas A&M and tentatively plans to visit there.
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