Tennessee quarterback commitment Jarrett Guarantano felt no joy after he returned to the field on Friday. His comeback from an injured foot was overshadowed by his team’s loss in its state semifinal game.
“It was pretty good just to be able to get back on the field and play football again,” said Guarantano, who said he’ll visit Knoxville this weekend. “Then we played the game. Played pretty well. It was my last game ever at Bergen Catholic (High School). So despite that, there’s nothing to be happy about.”
All indications were Guarantano, who committed to Tennessee in April, would be out for the remainder of his senior season when he sustained a ligament injury in his foot in October. However, the four-star prospect from Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell, N.J.) was determined to return. He did so Friday against perennial powerhouse Don Bosco High School (Ramsey, N.J.).
“There wasn’t a timetable,” Guarantano said. “We knew it was going to be long time so we just said the season would be done.”
Guarantano completed 20-of-33 passes for 219 yards on Friday. But he was also sacked five times and threw a late interception that sealed Bergen’s fate in the 27-21 loss, according to NorthJersey.com.
Guarantano’s injury has had an effect on recruiting. The good news for Tennessee is that his commitment and injury have kept other teams from pursuing him. He said he hasn’t heard from any other schools in about two months. However, the injury has also limited his time to recruit other prospects to Tennessee.
“Really been trying to get back to myself and trying to get better myself and trying to get back to work,” he said.
Injury or not, Guarantano has been keeping a close eye on the Vols.
“I think they’ve had a pretty good year, not as high as expected,” the 6-foot-4, 194-pound prospect said. “We’re getting through some bumps in the road and I think the next couple of years are going to be special.”
Guarantano said he is unsure when he’ll take his official visit to Tennessee. He said he’s trying to take the trip alongside other Vols commitments. Guarantano is rated the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 3 prospect in New Jersey.