Buford, Georgia’s Zach Calzada may only be a three-star recruit at the moment, but he has the full attention of the college football world. In what is considered a down year for quarterbacks, Calzada has a chance to capitalize and become a coveted asset in 2019.
Over the weekend, Calzada parlayed an appearance in the Elite 11 into an offer from the Georgia Bulldogs, who have now emerged as the favorite to land the 6-3, 195 pound signal caller. However, with Jake Fromm and Justin Fields already on the roster with plenty of eligibility left, Calzada still could look elsewhere.
One of those options is Tennessee, where Calzada plans to visit next Monday, according to 247 Sports. Assuming nothing changes, the Vols will have Jarrett Guarantano, Will McBride and JT Shrout on the roster in 2019, losing only Keller Chryst after the 2018 season. While I’m sure Pruitt and Tyson Helton would love to add a quarterback in 2019, we haven’t heard too much buzz about one to this point.
For what it’s worth, all signs point to Tennessee being a major player for top ranked 2020 passer Harrison Bailey, who could join his teammate and current Tennessee commit Ramel Keyton in Knoxville.
For Calzada, it’s going to be interesting to see if Tennessee can sell him on the current quarterback situation — which looks a lot less daunting than the one in Athens. Calzada is also being courted by UCLA, N.C. State and Northwestern. In addition to that, the three-star quarterback has taken visits in recent days to Texas A&M and North Carolina.
The one time labelled “sleeper” prospect now has plenty of options. Tennessee is looking to make his decision a little tougher after his visit on Monday.