Tennessee has pursued a few options at quarterback in the Class of 2019, including Sam Howell.

Tennessee taking its time recruiting QB position so far

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Tennessee really hasn’t made quarterback too much of a priority in the Class of 2019, at least not yet. The emphasis to this point has been both sides of the line and defensive backs.

Looking at the roster, it’s not hard to figure out why this is the case. Tennessee is extremely thin on the offensive line and at cornerback. Adding more depth here is a necessity.

Quarterback is much less of a glaring need. Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride have three more years of eligibility heading into 2018. Signee JT Shrout might be in line for a redshirt season in 2018.

There is depth and competition set up for the next few years.

The Vols have begun to pursue a few options in areas where Tennessee is trying to establish a recruiting pipeline, though.

  • Travis Mumphrey is a dual-threat QB from Marrero, La. He came to Rocky Top the weekend of Feb. 17. The 6-foot, 186-pound Mumphrey doesn’t completely fit offensive coordinator Tyson Helton’s pro-style scheme. He can throw the ball pretty well downfield, though, which Helton does value. Mumphrey has terrific top-line speed, so it’s possible the Vols are targeting him for another position. Right now, it seems to be as a quarterback.
  • Sam Howell rates as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The Monroe, N.C., native took a visit to Knoxville the first weekend in February. The 6-foot-1, 217-pound Howell seems to be more of a natural fit into the pro-style offense. His hudl video is filled with deep passes. Prying Howell from North Carolina and Clemson won’t be easy. He’s got a long list of Power 5 offers and his recruitment will only heat up.
  • Hank Bachmeier reminds me a good bit of Shrout. Both are from California — Bachmeier from Murrieta and Shrout from Newhall — and stand 6-foot-3 and weigh around 185 pounds. Helton coached on the West Coast the past two seasons at USC. Tennessee wants to establish a football print in California. Signing back-to-back quarterbacks from the Golden State would send that message.

Expect this quarterback recruitment to change and crystallize more over the summer and into the fall. Right now, the coaching staff has their attention focused in a few more areas of need.

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