The Vols are looking to add at least one quarterback in their 2019 recruiting class, and they’ve already sent out several offers to potential signal callers in the class. And now they’ve offered a talented quarterback who is currently committed elsewhere.
Tennessee extended a scholarship offer to four-star quarterback Graham Mertz, and Mertz is currently committed to Wisconsin. He committed to the Badgers back in October of last year.
Received an offer from the University of Tennessee! pic.twitter.com/JVz3Iz4uj4
— Graham Mertz (@GrahamMertz5) February 22, 2018
Mertz is listed as the No. 355 overall player in the 2019 class and No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the class as well. The quarterback from Mission, Kansas holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Miami, LSU, and others.
Though he’s barely a four-star by the 247Sports Composite rankings, his highlight film shows off an impressive display of skills that you might find in someone rated even higher than he currently is.
Mertz’ film shows off his incredible arm talent. He has a smooth release and can throw a beautiful spiral. He throws accurate passes on the run with ease, and he already knows how to put touch on his deep passes. He’s also very mobile, and his footwork in the pocket is already fairly technically sound.
Last season, Mertz put up some gaudy numbers. He completed 62 percent of his 434 passes for 3,684 yards, 45 touchdowns, and just six interceptions according to the schools’ website. He also ran for 315 yards and five scores on 83 attempts. He helped lead Blue Valley North High School to an undefeated season and a state championship.
The Vols will have to fight Wisconsin tooth and nail to try and flip Mertz away from them. And even if Mertz does decommit from the Badgers, Tennessee will have to battle other elite schools to try and get his signature once the time comes.
But if the Vols are able to flip Mertz, they’ll be getting an extremely talented quarterback. Mertz has a phenomenal skill set, and he should be able to come in and compete immediately as a true freshman with Tennessee’s quarterbacks.