The Vols got their quarterback for the 2015 class when Quinten Dormady of Boerne, TX pledged to Butch Jones in June. The commitment came on the heels of a visit to Alabama where Dormady picked up an offer from the Tide. When it came down to deciding between orange or crimson, Dormady said it was the people he met in Knoxville that swayed him.
“I went to the Alabama camp that week and I committed to Tennessee the next Monday,” Dormady told RTI. “I just liked the feel of Tennessee; the family atmosphere. They’re great coaches (Jones and Mike Bajakian) and most of all they are great men. I just really love the coaching staff. Nothing against Alabama, they have a great thing going on down there, but I had a relationship with coach Bajakian for a longer time and that helped put me at ease. Tennessee just had all of the things I was looking for in a school.”
Dormady plans to enroll early, go through spring practice, and get a head start on picking up the offense and getting acquainted with his new teammates. He plans to visit Tennessee officially for the Florida game and has no plans of entertaining other schools that may continue to recruit him.
“I shut it down, I’m 100% to Tennessee and I’m excited.”
Dormady said he feels comfortable with the offense that Jones and Bajakian run and that even though he is listed as a pocket passer, he feels like he is mobile enough to make plays in this system.
“Im not classified as a dual-threat quarterback, but I feel like I can play in any system. I can get under center, I can extend plays, I can take care of the football and my body. In the SEC you have to do that, you have to understand how to protect yourself and your team and I feel like I know how to do that. I play smart football.”
When pushed about any personal goals he may have upon arriving at Tennessee, Dormady was very quick to put the attention on his team and not his personal aspirations.
“I would say I have some things that I want to accomplish, some personal things, but the overall goal for us is a national championship. Whatever it takes, I’m willing to do. They’ll have Dobbs and Peterman, who are both great quarterbacks, but I want to compete. I want to get better and improve every single day, but I also want to have everything revolve around the team and not me. We want to come in and win as fast as possible, but it doesn’t happen overnight and we all know that.”
Dormady also made it very clear that while it may take some time, the goal for him and everyone in the 2015 class was to hoist the crystal football before leaving Knoxville.
“That’s the goal, to win a national championship. It isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s day by day, day in and day out, and it’s hard work. We aren’t going to wake up one day with championship rings on our fingers, but we want everyone to understand what the goal is if you come to Tennessee.
“My class knows we have to work and compete. Competition breeds success and the more competition, the harder people have to work to earn a job or keep a job. But the goal is definitely the national championship, we aren’t shy about that.”
Quinten’s father, Mike, is the head coach at Boerne High School and while some might think that a coach and quarterback dynamic between father and son would be problematic, Quinten says he enjoys playing for his dad and is looking forward to his upcoming season.
“It’s been good (playing for his dad), it’s been fun. It was hard not to play last season after I hurt my shoulder, but it was fun to be a coach and see things from that perspective. I’m looking forward to this year and my final season. I’m happy with my decision to play for Tennessee and glad to be done with the recruiting process so I can focus on this season.”
What is your favorite professional sports team?
The Green Bay Packers.
What is your favorite meal?
I’d have to go with any type of pasta.
Do you have a favorite band or musical artist?
What is something about you that people don’t know?
I would just say that I’m a family guy and that I genuinely enjoy spending time with them.
Do you have a favorite hobby?
I love to hunt.
If you could eat dinner with one person alive or dead, who would it be?
Drew Brees. I would have said Peyton, but I think I’ll actually be able to meet him and talk with him now so I decided to pick someone else.