Not every preferred walk-on gets his very own commitment story.
But when you're one of the top passers in the history of Tennessee high school football, a local boy who grew up pulling for the Tennessee Volunteers and a kid who threw for more than 11,000 yards and 130 high school touchdowns, we believe you deserve your own space.
Charlie High -- the star quarterback for the Christian Academy of Knoxville -- decided to take a preferred walk-on spot down the road from where he broke his records, joining teammates and Vols scholarship commitments Brett Kendrick and Josh Smith. A week after visiting Arkansas [without a firm offer, apparently] High chose to compete at UT.
Check out this All-American stat sheet and tell me this isn't one of the most impressive invited walk-ons in a long time at UT. Still, High didn't have a single Division I-A scholarship offer, choosing to walk-on rather than take a scholarship at UT-Martin, Tennessee Tech or Tusculum. He is listed at 6-feet, 175 and doesn't have the greatest arm strength, and is probably a bit of a system quarterback. But that "system" produced consecutive 3A state titles and pretty much every TSSAA record in the books.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, High decided to walk on at UT because coaches told him they'd give him a true shot to win the starting spot. I'm very excited for High and I'm excited for the Vols that they're getting a terrific kid with a great work ethic who wants to be a Vol and will do anything to be one. I wish him the best and hope he lights up Neyland Stadium.
Welcome home, Mr. High!