Vols quarterback target announces commitment date

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    There isn’t a more important recruit for Tennessee in the class of 2022 than four-star quarterback Ty Simpson, who is ready to announce where he’ll attend college, he announced on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

    The product of Westview High School in Martin, Tennessee will announce his collegiate decision on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. ET. “Everyone is welcome to come,” Simpson tweeted.

    Simpson is rated as the No. 42 overall player in the country and the No. 2 overall dual-threat quarterback according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings for the class of 2022. He’s viewed as the second-best player in the state of Tennessee for his class.

    Tennessee made Simpson’s top 10 on Dec. 10 of last year along with Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss, Florida, Texas, Auburn, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and UT Martin. But that was with Jeremy Pruitt as UT’s head football coach, who had a great relationship with the 6-foot-2, 185 lbs. gunslinger.

    Simpson has plenty of Tennessee ties. Not only has he grown up in the Volunteer State as his father, Jason Simpson, has served as head coach for Tennessee-Martin, but his mother’s side of the family grew up Vol fans. Former Vol offensive lineman Chad Clifton and defensive lineman Justin Harrell also graduated from his high school.

    Simpson has been on Tennessee’s campus plenty of times. Along with camps, he visited Knoxville for the 2019 Georgia game and Vanderbilt game. This past season, he was on campus for multiple games as well, including the Florida game. Alabama and Clemson are the two other schools Simpson has visited multiple times.

    Tennessee offered Simpson a scholarship offer in June of 2018 just before his freshman year of high school. He announced earlier this month his commitment to play in the 2022 All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

    The Vols signed just one quarterback in the class of 2021 this past December when they inked the signature of four-star quarterback Kaidon Salter. Tennessee also added Virginia Tech graduate transfer Hendon Hooker to the quarterback room that only returns freshman Harrison Bailey and sophomore Brian Maurer from last season.

    Jarrett Guarantano transferred to Washington State, while JT Shrout transferred to Colorado, respectively.