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Tennessee picks up commitment from fast-rising 2019 quarterback Brian Maurer

The Vols have found their quarterback.

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The Tennessee Volunteers have added another critical piece to their 2019 recruiting class, adding a quarterback commitment this morning. Brian Maurer announced his pledge to the Volunteers today, giving Tennessee their 12th commitment in the class.

Tennessee got in late with Maurer, offering him last week during his first visit to Knoxville. Maurer said that the Vols had been “blowing him up” recently. That pressure was clearly enough to sway him away from West Virginia, who held a clear lead up until a few weeks ago.

According to 247 Sports, Maurer is a three-star prospect, standing in at 6-2, 180 pounds. He is their 18th ranked pro-style passer in the 2019 class. That all sounds fairly pedestrian, so where did all the new interest come from?

Maurer said that his recruitment really exploded after his performance at an Elite 11 camp in California. The Ocala, Florida native earned an invite to The Opening Finals — one of just 11 quarterbacks to do so. With that came plenty of contact from big time schools. Ohio State, Penn State and UCLA were just some of the new schools Maurer heard from late. He actually attended an Ohio State camp and received an offer from the Buckeyes over the weekend.

Maurer will immediately fill out the numbers situation for Tennessee at quarterback. The Vols signed three-star JT Shrout as a part of their 2018 class. They will have one year of eligibility for Keller Chryst in 2018, while Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride each still have three seasons left.