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Although it’s still early, how Tennessee quarterback recruiting board shakes out will be one of the Vols’ most-followed recruiting storylines of 2017.
The board has been a bit of a moving target thus far with the turnover on Butch Jones’ staff, but the dust has started to settle as new quarterbacks coach Mike Canales has handed out his first batch of offers over his first two month on the job.
Of the offers Canales has handed out, several have gone to guys out West he had connections to from his time at Utah State. That means that if Tennessee is going to land one of them, finding a way to get them on campus is going to be critical.
For at least two of Canales earliest targets — 4-star Brevin White and 3-star Cammon Cooper — that look like it’s going to happen.
White, the brother of Arizona State quarterback Brady White, confirmed to Ryan Callahan of 247Sports that he’d be taking a visit to Knoxville sometime from April 15-23, which could potentially put him on campus for Tennessee’s Orange and White game, which will be played on Saturday, April 22.
White received his offer from Tennessee — his first and only from an SEC school — on Feb. 28. The nation’s No. 9 pro-style passer has eight offers in total, including Arizona State, where his brother plays, Utah, Washington and Washington State. He already knows a little about Tennessee’s program after he forged a relationship with Josh Dobbs at Jordan Palmer’s QB Summit last year because he’s “always been interested in Tennessee.”
White will visit several schools as he makes an east coast tour in April. He said that he hopes to see Auburn, with former Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, as well as Georgia, North Carolina, Boston College and Harvard. While those schools are a long way away from his home in Lancaster, Cal., he said he’d like a change of pace from his southern California lifestyle when he goes to college. The visits will play a big part in his ultimate decision, which he hopes to make around the time school gets out at the start of the summer.
Right around the same time White is on campus, Cooper may be as well. He confirmed to Callahan that he’d be making a visit from April 21-22 to attend the Orange and White game.
Like White, Cooper received his offer on Feb. 28, his first offer from an SEC school. Since then, he’s bumped his total number up to 12 and has an offer from Ole Miss, as well as UCLA, Washington State, Arizona State and Colorado State.
Out of Lehi, Utah, Cooper already had a relationship with Canales from his time at Utah State. While in Knoxville, the nation’s No. 25 pro-style quarterback will take in the Vols’ last spring practice and sit through meetings before the game on Saturday. He said he hopes to make his decision before the start of his senior season.
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