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Early signing period: Meet new Tennessee quarterback signee JT Shrout

Did Tennessee just land a hidden gem?

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After a wild last week of quarterback shuffling, Tennessee has officially found one. It’s JT Shrout, who the Vols got in late on but clearly established a quick relationship with. Shrout decommitted from Cal last night.

Shrout tweeted out a picture of him signing with Tennessee today.

The official Tennessee football account confirmed the signing.

After losing Adrian Martinez to Nebraska and asking Michael Penix to look elsewhere, this was one that Tennessee had to have. They got in on Shrout last week, likely thanks to Tyson Helton, Tennessee’s new offensive coordinator.

Shrout is a really interesting under the radar guy. Rated as just a three star prospect, he threw for 27 touchdowns and 25 interceptions last year in High School. However, the NFL already knows all about Shrout. The 6-3, 190 pound signal called shined among the nation’s best back in the summer.

Check out this quote from Yahoo Sports.

Shrout shined amid a loaded field of quarterbacks that included the country’s top 2018 prospect (Justin Fields), the top 2019 prospect (JT Daniels) and the grandiose potential of an elite 2020 prospect (DJ Uiagalelei). All are stellar and have physical advantages over the slight Shrout, but none flashed the same skill set. “He’s the beautiful, natural-looking girl with no make-up in the corner of the room,” said Rich Bartel, a former NFL quarterback who trains quarterbacks in Texas. “There will be a lot of other sexy people who walk in front of your eyes, but he’s the one you should marry in terms of quarterbacks.”

He wowed people in the recruiting showcase circuit, catching the eyes of NFL coaches and a former NFL quarterback.

That was the consensus of coaches at the QB Collective, including one NFL coordinator who told Yahoo Sports that Shrout was by far the most polished prospect there. Shrout wowed all the coaches with his technical precision, polished footwork and smooth throwing motion. “I think of all the quarterbacks who were here, if I were an NFL general manager or quarterback coach, [he’d be] the guy who could step in on day one and fundamentally work within an NFL system,” said Sage Rosenfels.

Here’s a look at some senior year highlights from Shrout.