Update: Sears committed to USC late Sunday night.
Tennessee could get a second chance at one of its top quarterback targets in the 2017 class.
Jack Sears of San Clemente, Calif., reportedly de-committed from Duke on Sunday and opened up his recruitment, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 14, 2016
Sears (6-3, 189pounds) visited Knoxville over the summer and was one of the few top QB targets on Tennessee’s board in the 2017 class. The Vols currently have one quarterback – C.J. Lewis – committed, though he is one of the lower-ranked players in the class.
Tennessee would certainly welcome some more competition at quarterback. Three scholarship quarterbacks – Quinten Dormady, Sheriron Jones and Jarrett Guarantano – are all scheduled to return in 2017 to compete for the vacant starting job. There’s also the chance for some attrition, however, in the midst of a quarterback race. That could leave UT dangerously thin at the position.
The Vols, at least for now, have also missed out on elite 2018 prospects Trevor Lawrence and Emory Jones as well.
Sears could be a bit of a long shot at this point, and as Feldman notes, USC is a possible front-runner. Sears has offers from over a dozen Power 5 conference teams including Florida State, USC and Ole Miss.