It looks like the Vols’ quarterback room just added another player.
According to a report from Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Tennessee has added Maryland transfer quarterback Kasim Hill to the roster. Hill was reportedly spotted on UT’s practice field on Wednesday, and the move was confirmed on Thursday by 247Sports. Hill is expected to sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play in 2020.
The 6-foot-2, 234-pound quarterback from St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C. was a four-star pro-style quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class. He signed with Maryland and was ranked as the No. 233 overall recruit and No. 10 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He held offers from Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and others.
St. John’s College High School is the same high school where Tennessee’s newest commit, three-star safety Mordecai McDaniel, currently plays.
Hill started the first 10 games of the season for the Terrapins in 2018, but he suffered an ACL injury that sidelined him the final two games of the season. Before the injury, Hill completed just 49.4 percent of his 170 pass attempts for 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns, and eight interceptions. His best performances of the season came against Texas and Illinois. Against the Longhorns, Hill led the Terrapins to a 34-29 victory by completing 17 of his 29 pass attempts for 222 yards and a touchdown. Against Illinois, he passed for a career-high 265 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-19 passing.
As a true freshman in 2017. Hill appeared in three games and made two starts for Maryland before he sustained a season-ending injury against UCF on September 23rd. He completed 85.7 percent of his 21 pass attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns in his three appearances, adding 60 rushing yards and a score on 12 carries.
Tennessee currently only has three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster heading into the 2019 season. Redshirt junior Jarrett Guarantano is the Vols’ starter, and he’s backed up by redshirt freshman JT Shrout and true freshman Brian Maurer. Neither Shrout nor Maurer have taken a collegiate snap.
The Vols will add four-star Harrison Bailey to the mix in their 2020 recruiting class, assuming he signs with Tennessee in December or National Signing Day in February. If Guarantano goes pro, that will leave Tennessee with likely four scholarship quarterbacks in 2020. If Guarantano stays, the Vols will have five scholarship signal callers, meaning a transfer or two is likely.