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Tennessee Football Adds Instate Walk-On Quarterback

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Tennessee football landed a commitment from class of 2023 quarterback Ryan Damron Tuesday afternoon. The Paris, Tennessee native will be a preferred walk-on in Knoxville.

“I want to thank the whole community of Henry County for their endless support during my time here,” Damron wrote in a statement. “Lastly, I want to thank my teammates and friends for showing me what it was like to be apart of something bigger than my self. With all that being said, I will be committing to the University of Tennessee.”

Damron held an abundance of FCS offers including Tennessee Tech, Samford and ETSU. The West Tennessee native is a low three-star recruit and never gained power five offers in part due to his 5-foot-11 height.

Damron ranks as  the No. 1,921 player and No. 107 quarterback in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings. He joins the Nico Iamaleava — the No. 3 player and No. 2 quarterback in the country — as the quarterbacks in Tennessee’s 2023 recruiting class.

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The three-star recruit rewrote the passing records at Henry Country High School, leaving the 5A football power as the all-time passing yards (4,000+) and passing touchdowns (35+) leader.

Damron led the Patriots to an 11-3 record and the semifinals of the state tournament this season before falling to Page, 27-24.

Adding Damron to the roster gives the Vols a boost of depth as a position they have a limited amount of. Joe Milton III and Iamaleava are the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the Vols’ roster. Tennessee does have a pair of veteran preferred walk-ons in Gaston Moore and Navy Shuler.

Tennessee could still look to add a transfer quarterback to the roster but with the transfer portal currently closed, that is unlikely to happen until after spring practice.

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