After missing on 2020 four-star quarterback Haynes King, Tennessee’s quarterback room appears set for the time being. The Vols still hold a firm commitment from four-star 2020 passer Harrison Bailey, who would join senior Jarrett Guarantano, redshirt sophomore JT Shrout, along with likely a redshirt freshman Brian Maurer next year.
But what about 2021? Of course, that ball is already rolling in today’s world of recruiting. In fact, Tennessee has already landed in the top ten of Jake Garcia — a five-star quarterback in next year’s class.
Arizona State, Auburn, LSU, Miami, Florida, Florida State, San Jose State, Georgia and USC joined Tennessee in his top ten.
Although things can change, these are the schools I will be taking a closer look at. Thank you to all the coaches that have recruited me pic.twitter.com/5uaeJA7PS2— Jake Garcia (@JakeGarcia14) July 30, 2019
Garcia is a 6-1, 188 pound prospect out of Harbor City, California. He’s the 21st ranked player in the class of 2021, according to 247 Sports. Garcia is the 4th ranked pro-style passer in the class.
Tennessee offered Garcia back on January 31st. This offseason, Garcia has visited Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami twice. Those two visits to South Florida are likely responsible for Garcia’s crystal ball projections — which five of six now point to the Hurricanes, according to 247 Sports.
The Vols have the 2019 season to impress top prospects on offense, now with Jim Chaney in place. Tennessee hasn’t exactly been a destination school of late for offense, ranking near the bottom of the barrel in consecutive seasons in total offense. With Chaney back in Knoxville, along with an upgraded offensive line, we should see Tennessee take few steps forward in 2019.
Here’s a quick look at Garcia, who translates as a pure pocket passer at the next level.