In a move that many considered inevitable due to recent interest shown in another quarterback in the 2017 class, quarterback C.J. Lewis – Tennessee’s lone quarterback commitment in this upcoming signing class – announced via Twitter on Tuesday night that he will open up his recruitment after previously committing to Tennessee earlier in the year.
— Drip Lewis ✞ (@SavageLew_14) November 23, 2016
Ranked as the No. 1,268 player in the nation by the 247Sports Composite, Lewis, who is from Cheshire, Ct., was a player the coaches liked over the summer when they became one of the few FBS programs to offer him a scholarship, leading to Lewis committing to the Vols on July 23.
But Tennessee recently offered quarterback Bubba Thompson of Mobile, Ala., and brought him in for a visit for the Missouri game last weekend.
Interest seems to be strong in both camps. Thompson is also a highly-sought baseball prospect, but recent offers from UT and Ole Miss in football have boosted his stock as a football prospect as well.
Tennessee will likely take one quarterback in the 2017 class with Joshua Dobbs set to graduate. The 2017 battle for quarterback is expected to be between redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano, junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt sophomore Sheriron Jones, with the 2017 signee perhaps getting in the mix, especially if any of the quarterbacks end up transferring before next season.