KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee coaching staff may have locked in on the future signal caller for the Vols.
Tennessee offered a scholarship to Class of 2019 quarterback Garrett Shrader on Thursday after he camped with the Vols.
— Garrett Shrader (@GarrettShrader6) July 20, 2017
Shrader, who is from Charlotte, N.C., has slowly picked up interest from several schools, and the SEC recently has jumped in.
Alabama offered Shrader on Wednesday, joining Missouri, South Carolina, Penn State, Louisville, East Carolina, Pitt and Wake Forest as schools to offer.
“Any offer is a good offer,” Shrader said shortly before his offer came from the Vols. “I’m interested in eight schools right now. If Tennessee offered me, then that’d be nine.”
Tennessee began recruiting Shrader recently.
“My coach was just like, ‘They want you to come to camp.’ And I was like, ‘alright,’ ” he said.
Shrader had never been to the Volunteer State, much less Knoxville or Neyland Stadium.
“I like the stadium. It’s big,” Shrader said. “I haven’t seen too much of campus, but it looks pretty nice.”
Shrader attended camps at Penn State and Alabama before his trip to Tennessee. He plans to visit Auburn on Friday.
He thought he could have performed a little better at Tennessee, but thought he did enough.
“I did alright,” Shrader said. “I thought I was inconsistent at times, but I showed what I need to.”
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect does not have a rating yet. Despite his listing as a pro-style quarterback, he sees himself as a dual threat.
“I was running 4.52s and low 4.5s (in the 40-yard dash),” Shrader said. “I ran a 4.63 today. That was expected after three days of camp.”
Shrader threw for 2,564 yards and 29 touchdowns with 4 interceptions last season for Charlotte Christian High School. He added 615 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground.