Vols Near the Top for Impressive Florida QB

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    Brian Maurer’s recruitment has completely blown up during the month of June. And now one of the fastest-rising quarterbacks in the 2019 class says Tennessee will be a major factor for him moving forward.

    Maurer, a three-star pro-style quarterback from Ocala, Florida, visited Tennessee’s campus this week and camped with UT’s coaches. During his multi-day visit, he picked up a scholarship offer from the Vols. And his time with UT head coach Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton put Tennessee near the top of his list of schools.

    “I came up thinking I was going to get an offer, but when coach Pruitt took me to his office it was a great feeling and a blessing,” Maurer told Jesse Simonton of Rivals. “They’re definitely one of my top schools.”

    Since the beginning of June, Maurer has picked up offers from Texas A&M and Tennessee to go along with offers he already had from West Virginia, Cincinnati, Boston College, UCF, and others. He also attended a camp on Florida’s campus and left Knoxville to go camp at Ohio State.

    The 247Sports Composite rankings list Maurer as the No. 491 overall player and No. 18 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class right now. But with his performances in various summer camps so far, he’s bound to rise up those rankings. He performed exceptionally well at the Elite 11 Finals and was one of just 12 quarterbacks to be invited to Nike’s The Opening Finals. The finals will be held from June 30th through July 3rd over in Frisco, Texas.

    Maurer’s summer has helped him become more well known by bigger schools, but his highlight film shows that he’s always had raw talent and just needed a stage to show it off.

    The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Maurer has an extremely strong arm and great vision. He has great zip on his throws, and his deep passes have beautiful arcs on them. He can make a number of throws to various parts of the field, and he has the mobility needed to escape incoming defenders. He’s listed as a pro-style quarterback, but he’s surprisingly agile too. When he tucks the ball and runs, he’s fairly dangerous on the ground. He needs to work on his accuracy and how to lead receivers better, but he certainly has the arm talent and athleticism to build upon. He has a unique delivery too, and he has a bit of a windup with it. But he makes it work for him for the most part.

    As a junior, Maurer completed 57.5 percent of his 388 pass attempts for 2,512 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions according to MaxPreps. He also ran for 259 yards and six scores on just 51 carries, giving him an average of 5.1 yards per carry.

    Maurer has some solid raw talent, and he showed Tennessee enough this week for them to strongly consider him in their 2019 class.

    “I’m top of their board,” he told Simonton. “They said they’re going to pursue me like they’re going to pursue any other prospect they want. They’re going to pursue me hot until I commit or go elsewhere.”

    Tennessee’s quarterback recruiting for the 2019 cycle is a little muddied at this point. It’s believed that current Alabama commit Taulia Tagovailoa, a four-star prospect who is the younger brother of current Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, is UT’s top target. But now Maurer appears to have vaulted up Tennessee’s board, and he could be a legit option for the Vols in this cycle now.