Not there has been much doubt for months, but quarterback Jarrett Guarantano is officially a Vol. He’s been welcomed on social media by most of Tennessee’s coaching staff over the past 24 hours.
— Mike DeBord (@UTCoachDeBo) January 24, 2016
— Nick Sheridan (@UTCoachSheridan) January 24, 2016
— Don Mahoney (@UTCoachMahoney) January 25, 2016
Coaches aren’t allowed to mention recruits by name on social media, in the media or in any other public way, but Guarantano has either signed a financial-aid agreement or has been accepted into UT, meaning the ban on mentioning him publicly is lifted.
Guarantano, who is ranked as the No. 77 overall prospect in the 2016 class and the top dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports, committed to Tennessee on April 15, 2015, and has never looked back. He’s been key in recruiting several other top UT targets and it isn’t surprising to see the Vols bring him in on their final recruiting weekend of the year before National Signing Day as they look to line up as many top prospects as they can on campus for the final push.
The Bergen, N.J. signal caller is expected to compete with Quinten Dormady and Sheriron Jones for the backup quarterback job in 2016, and those three, along with any quarterbacks taken in the 2017 class, will likely compete to replace Joshua Dobbs in the 2017 season.