Tennessee would like to add at least one quarterback in their 2021 class if possible, and UT’s coaches have targeted several in the current recruiting cycle. One of their targets included the Vols in his list of top teams over the weekend, and another has Tennessee as one of his finalists as he nears the end of his recruitment.
Christian Veilleux, a four-star quarterback who plays for The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, tweeted out his four finalists on Sunday afternoon, and Tennessee joined the likes of Clemson, Penn State, and Duke among Veilleux’s finalists.
— Christian Vei11eux (@VeilleuxQB11) April 5, 2020
The 6-foot-3, 201-pound signal caller is the No. 291 overall prospect and No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the 2021 class per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Veilleux originally hails from Canada, and he’s been on Tennessee’s radar for quite some time. The Vols first extended an offer to him back on February 26, 2019, becoming the second SEC school to offer him. Since then, Veilleux has visited UT’s campus four times and has had Tennessee’s coaches visit him multiple times as well.
The four-star prospect has picked up a lot of attention since the calendar flipped to 2020. David Cutcliffe extended an offer to Veilleux to play for the Duke Blue Devils on January 19th, UCLA offered him in February, and both Clemson and LSU — the two teams that squared off in the national title game this past season — offered him within the same week recently. Clemson gave him an offer on March 31st while LSU extended an offer to him on April 2nd.
The last time Veilleux was on Tennessee’s campus was in January of this year for a Junior Day event. He also visited the Vols during the 2019 season, coming to Knoxville when UT defeated Mississippi State 20-10 in Neyland Stadium.
Veilleux has a cannon of an arm, and he can throw some pretty deep balls. He puts the appropriate amount of touch on his passes, and he can make a variety of throws. He also has good mobility and can extend plays with his legs. Veilleux isn’t the most dynamic runner at the quarterback position, but he has enough speed and elusiveness to keep plays alive and also pick up chunks of yards if a play breaks down.
As a junior for The Bullis School, Veilleux completed 50.9 percent of his passes and threw for 2,006 yards, 29 touchdowns, and eight interceptions while also running for 147 yards and five scores.
Tennessee has offered a handful of quarterbacks in the 2021 class, and Veilleux is one of their top targets along with four-stars Kaidon Salter and Miller Moss.