It’s said so often that it’s almost become a cliche at this point, but the quarterback position is the most important position in all of football. And it’s said so often because, well, it’s true. And the Vols need to find a way to add a solid quarterback in the 2018 class regardless of how the position turns out during the 2017 season.
The way the Vols address this position will depend heavily on who wins the starting quarterback job in 2017. If it’s junior Quinten Dormady, the Vols almost have to add at least one, if not two good quarterbacks in the 2018 cycle. If redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano wins the job, then the Vols don’t have to feel as much pressure to add a top shelf signal caller in this class.
Regardless of who wins the quarterback job for the Vols in 2017, Tennessee can’t have another class where they swing and miss on their top quarterback targets like they did in the 2017 class. Adding Will McBride late in the class was a solid get, but missing out on higher-rated targets hurt the Vols.
Tennessee has already missed on some of their top quarterback targets in this class, but at least it’s early in the cycle and flipping a quarterback right now isn’t impossible. There are still plenty of uncommitted four-star and high three-star quarterbacks the Vols are pursuing as well.