What’s currently holding Tennessee back? You’ve got an emerging defense filled with youth in the front seven and a now veteran secondary. An offensive line ready to rival anyone in the country. An all-star coaching staff.
And then you’ve got the quarterback position.
Jarrett Guarantano has performed admirably — while also frustratingly — as Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee staff figures out the position. Brian Maurer offered big flashes, but his 2019 season was derailed after concussions in back to back weeks. Four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey has the hope of the entire fanbase on his shoulders as he enters the program this winter. Will he have something to say in the battle this fall?
That’s the top storyline to follow this offseason as Tennessee tries to compete for the SEC East. But as you know, recruiting never stops — especially at the quarterback position. Programs are already deep into the 2021 process and beyond, and Tennessee had a top target on campus once again this weekend.
Four-star passer Christian Veilleux took another look at Knoxville this weekend, his fourth since picking up an offer in early 2019. The 6-3, 201 pound prospect is out of Maryland and ranks as the 280th ranked prospect in the 2021 class, according the the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is the 16th ranked pocket passer in the class.
Veilleux holds offers from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, South Carolina, Louisville and Indiana, among plenty of others. During his junior season, Veilleux threw for over 2,000 yards and 29 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. He’ll be looking to build off of those numbers as a senior as he tries to cement himself as a top quarterback option in the class.
Tennessee has already been a player for a few other quarterbacks in the class. Former Oklahoma commit Brock Vandergriff is the headliner target for the Volunteers as they try to make another big splash on the trail. Drake Maye, Shedeur Sanders, Trent Battle and Jalen Kitna are other names that Tennessee has been involved with to this point.