Tennessee’s search for a quarterback in the 2018 class has been a rollercoaster ride. Butch Jones and the previous regime had Adrian Martinez and Michael Penix committed this summer, but each have gone their separate ways since Jeremy Pruitt took the job.
With those two out of the equation, Pruitt and company set their sights on JT Shrout. Late on Tuesday night, Shrout announced his decision to decommit from Cal.
After much thought and prayer I have decided to de-commit from from Cal. I would like to thank Coach Wilcox and his staff for giving me this opportunity, but I feel this is the best thing for me to do. I will still be signing tomorrow during the early signing period. Thank you.— JT Shrout (@JT_Shrout16) December 20, 2017
If this report from Pete Thamel is correct, that leaves Shrout squarely on a collision course with Tennessee.
His father, Jim Shrout, told Yahoo Sports on Monday that his son will be choosing between Tennessee and California this week. (Shrout visited Tennessee this weekend after being a Cal commit since June.)
Shrout is a 6-3, 190 pound quarterback out of Newhall, California. He is considered to be a three star prospect. After visiting Tennessee this past weekend, simply logic would tell you that the Vols are sitting in the driver’s seat here.
With Shrout set to sign tomorrow, it seems like Tennessee has their quarterback of the 2018 class in hand.