QB search continues: UT offers Rettig; Scroggins wavering, Rees to Notre Dame

Vols keep in touch with Brunetti

"Tennessee just offered this morning. I was pretty excited because I loved my time at their camp and the SEC is big time football.

Chase Rettig

Chase Rettig

Chase Rettig

Tennessee isn't idly standing by wondering if Jesse Scroggins will be its next quarterback.

The Vols offered Chase Rettig from San Clemente High School in Sierra Madre, Calif., on Tuesday. Rettig is only the fifth pro-style quarterback UT has offered for the 2010 signing class.

"Tennessee just offered this morning," the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Rettig told ESPN.com. "I was pretty excited because I loved my time at their camp and the SEC is big time football.

"The timing is crazy because I was actually thinking about committing to Boston College today and then I got an e-mail from one of the coaches to call coach (Lane) Kiffin and when I did, he told me they were offering."

UT hasn't been able to fill its most pressing recruiting need with the other scholarships it has offered to some of the nation's top quarterbacks.

Blake Bell from Wichita, Kan., committed to Oklahoma. Jake Heaps from Sammamish, Wash., committed to Brigham Young. Andrew Hendrix from Cincinnati committed to Notre Dame. Scroggins is undecided.

Tommy Rees from Lake Forest, Ill., was also a possibility for UT until he committed to Notre Dame on Tuesday. UT had not offered the 6-3, 190-pound Rees but was seriously considering him, a source close to Rees' recruitment told the News Sentinel.

Scroggins, who is from Lakewood (Calif.) High, will announce his decision July 25 at the Elite 11 quarterback camp. He is considering UT, Southern California, and Florida.

The 6-3, 195-pound Scroggins was long thought to be leaning - perhaps heavily - to UT due to the proximity of Knoxville to his mother's family, which lives in Memphis. UT's soon-to-be vacant quarterback position was also thought to be a strong lure for Scroggins.

The Vols have only one scholarship quarterback slated to be on their 2010 roster.

Yet Scroggins told the News Sentinel on Monday that receiving a scholarship offer from USC was "very big" because nearby family and friends could easily see him play.

The move to offer Rettig is a sign that UT feels less comfortable with Scroggins than before, but it's also a sign that Rettig's stock is rising. He was a standout at UT's camp in early June even though he had no scholarship offers.

He has since picked up a scholarship offer from Boston College and likely would have picked up an offer from UT even if the Vols secured a commitment from Scroggins.

"I still like BC a lot and I think that's a great opportunity for me," Rettig told ESPN.com "That's a great academic school and I know I could get in there and compete early for playing time.

"I like the coaches a lot and the school has produced a lot of NFL quarterbacks in the past, so this is going to be a really tough decision for me."

Rettig has a tie to UT. He is one of a handful of California quarterbacks receiving tutelage from former UT quarterback Casey Clausen.

Rettig has said he plans to graduate in December meaning he could enroll in college in January and participate in spring practice.

Rettig is thought to have finished second to Scroggins in USC's quarterback battle during its camp this month. Scroggins' performance resulted in him finally being offered a scholarship from the Trojans.

For Scroggins, USC has proximity on its side; he lives less than 20 miles from campus. The depth chart, however, isn't so inviting.

Freshman Matt Barkley is expected to compete for the starting job this fall and has extensive ties to the school and the community.

Barkley's father played water polo at USC. Barkley was named the top player in Orange County and the top prospect in the nation by ESPN and held the same rank at one time from Rivals.

As for Scroggins, there's certainly a belief that his family is split between UT and USC. A source close to the situation believes that he is still undecided.

UT has not offered Scroggins' cousin, receiver Jerry Anderson from Houston High in Memphis. Scroggins told the News Sentinel in June that he hoped UT would offer Anderson. The Vols are thought to still be evaluating Anderson, who said he has offers from Duke, Ole Miss, Purdue, Indiana and Middle Tennessee State.

Landing Scroggins and Rettig seemed a realistic goal until Scroggins started to waver and Rettig received an offer from Boston College. Now the Vols are fighting to make sure they land one if they can't land both.

Given the shortage of elite high school quarterbacks this year, UT would likely change its quarterback recruiting focus from high school players to junior college prospects and/or Barry Brunetti from Memphis University School.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Brunetti is committed to West Virginia, but showed strong interest in UT. It's reasonable to think he could be swayed if the Vols made a strong push.

Brunetti told the News Sentinel on Tuesday that UT is still showing interest, especially lately. He said he intends to contact UT's coaches.

"It's a great offer because it's still a school that I looked up to since I was young," Brunetti said. "I'm still going to kind of research Tennessee. Even though I'm a solid commitment (to West Virginia) it's still Tennessee and I'm still in state, but it would be hard for me to de-commit because I'm very solid to West Virginia."

As for junior college quarterbacks, Cam Newton from Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas, and Matt Sims from El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif., are prominent possibilities that likely will be evaluated by the Vols this fall.

Nick Lamaison from Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, Calif., is also a viable - and more immediate - option.

The 6-1, 200-pound Lamaison could enroll at UT this summer or fall and be eligible to play this season. He would be a valuable addition, especially if UT suffers any significant injuries to the two scholarship quarterbacks on its roster: senior Jonathan Crompton and junior Nick Stephens.

Freelance contributor Josh Ward contributed to this report.

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jandrew5 writes:

first

gohawks1 writes:

Get Rettig. Let Scroggins go ride the pines at USC.

NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop writes:

We can't buy a QB!

adamsck#591720 writes:

I'm sure Kiff and the boys know what they are doing. They've gotten almost everyone they wanted. In time they'll land a great QB. In the meantime I'll be gnawing off what's left of my poor, poor fingernails.

cc623 writes:

Looks more like an offer in case Scroggins goes the other way but,everything happens for a reason and this kid could end up being a better fit who knows.

OrangeCrush writes:

Finally, a smart move pertaining to the QB position at TN. This kid looked very good when he was here last month. With a little coaching and development, Chase could be a diamond in the rough and a steal in the 2010 class.

RoadTrip writes:

Scroggins may have turned into a prima donna. If he doesn't see the major differences in the opportunities he should stay home. I agree with Expat and IP - Rettig is probably a better fit for the SEC anyway if he is as coachable as it appears..

BasketVols writes:

I put the over/under for comments on this article at 280...

Get Rettig! He sounds like he WANTS to play at Tennessee, without the package deal...

HallowedHill writes:

UT is an amazing opportunity for a pro-style QB. Look at the caliber of recruits already signing on to play at UT.

I hate to hear Scroggins is wavering especially since he'll probably only start 1 year. Not to mention that something could happen with the NCAA over the Reggie Bush issue.

I'm glad to hear Kiffin has a contigency plan. Keep up the great work CLK!!

GO VOLS!!!

makessense writes:

nothing to worry about boys
everything always comes out in the end
if anyone has any info on the exbaseball player that is now enrolled at tn i would like to know
i know hes a project but they have a year and a half to make him into a sec QB
theres got to be a little chance he could turn into something and if they did like him alot they wouldnt say because they dont want to scare anyone off
am i way off base here or not
let me know
ive seen some of our best QB here at tn came in under the radar a little bit
for some reason i just got this felling this baseball player is going to turn into something great
hes got to be licking his chops with the opportunity thats in front of him and he should have some maturity about him being in the real world for a couple of years
anyone with an oppinion care to share

teampenny#658108 writes:

I am sure Pete and his boys know what they are doing. I am sure Urban and his boys know what they are doing. So far on Kiff no wins and no losses, but a lot of press both good and bad. Can not wait until football season. Go Vols

CHS52VOL writes:

Fantastic! Rettig will be a very good qb. That is if he accepts UT's offer. BC is still in the picture. Help us out Clausen!

With Rettig, Lamaison, Stephens and an improved Crompton, we should be good until the 2011 signing class. GO VOLS!

bluetick writes:

in response to NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop:

We can't buy a QB!

Sure we could but that would be another Kiffen violation.

tdtnsee writes:

Well we need two Qb's in this class. I'm sure we told scroggins that we would try to land another QB. Let's not turn our back on scroggins because he hasn't committed yet, at least wait until he chooses a school first and if he doesn't choose the vols then turn on him.
GO VOLS!!!!

qspr91iz writes:

I am more concerned about rebuilding our o-line than I am about Scroggins. We need three to four more Zach Fultons. A strong o-line will improve our running game and compliment whoever we have at QB. I have confidence in this staff and they'll be able to "coach up" a productive quarterback.
GO VOLS!!!!

beachvol1 writes:

This may be the best deal Kif has done with the offer of Rettig....hopefully he will accept and the qb status will be a done deal....Jesse probably needs to go ahead and stay out there where he is close to home...kind of suprised that USC hasn't offered his cousin as it appears he is kind of holding UT ransom with that deal...this needs to be a closed issue...tell me what yall think....

bluetick writes:

Yet Scroggins told the News Sentinel on Monday that receiving a scholarship offer from USC was "very big" because nearby family and friends could easily see him play.

Yea, see him play in a few years MAYBE.

Anyways here is where you can see a video of Rettig at the USC Camp. Dude is good no doubt. You can also see the Scroggins video clip here too. One way or another we are going to land one of these three guys. Scroggins, Rettig or Brunetti.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruit...

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruit...

ConvertedCat writes:

I'm sure if Scroggins was still considering TN he's not anymore if he reads this site. TN's fans are the worst in the conference at throwing kids under the bus. Sure it makes sense that you NOW want the kid that may have placed 2nd to Scroggin at camp. If bet Kiffen wishes he hadn't passed on the kid that eventually went to Clemson after he wasn't wanted at TN. TN is a train wreck getting ready to happen. All the locals are enjoying the early train ride while the rest of the country can see the bridge is out a few miles up the track..

ctownvol writes:

in response to BasketVols:

I put the over/under for comments on this article at 280...

Get Rettig! He sounds like he WANTS to play at Tennessee, without the package deal...

Give me the over.

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

I could care less who we sign as a QB. As long as he doesn't fumble the handoff to Brown, Oku, Williams, and Poole, and can complete a 10 yard hitch, we'll be fine. Someone who doesn't turn it over is all we need. I feel fine with Stephens, he started pretty darn good last year not turning it over.

BasketVols writes:

in response to bluetick:

Yet Scroggins told the News Sentinel on Monday that receiving a scholarship offer from USC was "very big" because nearby family and friends could easily see him play.

Yea, see him play in a few years MAYBE.

Anyways here is where you can see a video of Rettig at the USC Camp. Dude is good no doubt. You can also see the Scroggins video clip here too. One way or another we are going to land one of these three guys. Scroggins, Rettig or Brunetti.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruit...

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruit...

Rettig's a gunslinger!

belayvol writes:

It will all work out fine.

onevolfan99 writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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seriously man? how much of a loser do you have to be to go on a teams fansite that you don't like and make multiple comments on every story. Yes your team is good but that is the team not YOU. you are nothing but a pathetic loser who probably doesn't even work and gets his jollies by working people up about college football. All college football is, is entertainment I watch it for fun. and right now my team isn't winning but you can be rest assured that when they are I will not be on a gators site talking trash to you Jort wearing fair weather gator fans who will probably follow your beloved probabtion officer\head coach to Notre Dame. So until then please leave the site so I don't have to sort through your snide remarks to read comments people who have kissed girls and didn't have to pay for it. have a nice day.

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

If Rettig can steal a credit card, he's a Gator

CHS52VOL writes:

in response to beachvol1:

This may be the best deal Kif has done with the offer of Rettig....hopefully he will accept and the qb status will be a done deal....Jesse probably needs to go ahead and stay out there where he is close to home...kind of suprised that USC hasn't offered his cousin as it appears he is kind of holding UT ransom with that deal...this needs to be a closed issue...tell me what yall think....

Couldn't agree more, BeachVol. Signing Scroggins now would be the proverbial icing on the cake. Good move by the coaching staff."A bird in the hand...."

Hounddog writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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Let's play football. Hounddog

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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yeah but there is no Gator anywhere in the convo either

so why r u still here

mtvols writes:

in response to makessense:

nothing to worry about boys
everything always comes out in the end
if anyone has any info on the exbaseball player that is now enrolled at tn i would like to know
i know hes a project but they have a year and a half to make him into a sec QB
theres got to be a little chance he could turn into something and if they did like him alot they wouldnt say because they dont want to scare anyone off
am i way off base here or not
let me know
ive seen some of our best QB here at tn came in under the radar a little bit
for some reason i just got this felling this baseball player is going to turn into something great
hes got to be licking his chops with the opportunity thats in front of him and he should have some maturity about him being in the real world for a couple of years
anyone with an oppinion care to share

Rozier does not have a chance to be our QB this year, next year, or ever. He hasn't played football in 4 years!

chad_t31 writes:

in response to ConvertedCat:

I'm sure if Scroggins was still considering TN he's not anymore if he reads this site. TN's fans are the worst in the conference at throwing kids under the bus. Sure it makes sense that you NOW want the kid that may have placed 2nd to Scroggin at camp. If bet Kiffen wishes he hadn't passed on the kid that eventually went to Clemson after he wasn't wanted at TN. TN is a train wreck getting ready to happen. All the locals are enjoying the early train ride while the rest of the country can see the bridge is out a few miles up the track..

Thanks for your input. Too bad we can't throw you under the bus. Which cat would you be? Please don't say ky because that would discredit anything you have to say.

amstelman writes:

I wrote off Scroggins as soon as it became obvious that he had to have a stage upon which to make his announcement. Let USC have the dazzling fame-seeker. He's apparently made for southern Cailfornia glitter. Twinkle on the pines, Jesse. We need a working class QB that this team will follow into battle.

IBleedOrange444 writes:

Why does this article take the tone that we are out of the running for Scroggins and Rettig? I still think Scroggins is coming to UT.

cobbwebb writes:

i really dont care who kiffin lands at the qb position! all i know is kiffin better get a baller in here, and coach him up! the reason we cant land a qb,is the one bad coaching(staff) move kiffin made, that was the hiring of his bro-in law as "qb coach"! this guy will now be in his second job, where he is just a pawn! you know he wasnt coaching qbs under spurrier, and now he wont under kiffin either, but at both schools he was "qb coach". imo, (which means nothing) he is the weak link on this staff!

tums writes:

in response to DestinVol:

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Expat, where you living?

utwick writes:

in response to beachvol1:

This may be the best deal Kif has done with the offer of Rettig....hopefully he will accept and the qb status will be a done deal....Jesse probably needs to go ahead and stay out there where he is close to home...kind of suprised that USC hasn't offered his cousin as it appears he is kind of holding UT ransom with that deal...this needs to be a closed issue...tell me what yall think....

Agree that offering Rettig is a good move and should have been done previously. He is a good QB and will improve with time. Would love to have Scroggins, but don't think UT should offer his cousin unless the cousin is deserving by his own merit. Kiffin has stated that he would not offer a lesser player in order to snag a stud. I don't know if Scroggins is using his cousin to hold us ransom as that stuff doesn't play well at every school and could cost him. A few days ago, Gator99 made a good point by saying UT probably wouldn't get their top choice(s), but would sign a solid QB who could turn out to be better than the others. It has happened many tmes before. Best of luck to Scroggins wherever he may land. My advice to him is to think long and hard on this decision and to not put off making that "pros and cons" list that he mentioned yesterday.

LBSPIKES51 writes:

in response to rabidvolfan:

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You can't steal a prospect(Heaps) with another 5-7 season.

BasketVols writes:

in response to ConvertedCat:

I'm sure if Scroggins was still considering TN he's not anymore if he reads this site. TN's fans are the worst in the conference at throwing kids under the bus. Sure it makes sense that you NOW want the kid that may have placed 2nd to Scroggin at camp. If bet Kiffen wishes he hadn't passed on the kid that eventually went to Clemson after he wasn't wanted at TN. TN is a train wreck getting ready to happen. All the locals are enjoying the early train ride while the rest of the country can see the bridge is out a few miles up the track..

You don't even know how to spell Kiffin's name, why would we even consider your nonsense? Go play with the other pussies, titty tat...

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to cobbwebb:

i really dont care who kiffin lands at the qb position! all i know is kiffin better get a baller in here, and coach him up! the reason we cant land a qb,is the one bad coaching(staff) move kiffin made, that was the hiring of his bro-in law as "qb coach"! this guy will now be in his second job, where he is just a pawn! you know he wasnt coaching qbs under spurrier, and now he wont under kiffin either, but at both schools he was "qb coach". imo, (which means nothing) he is the weak link on this staff!

I thought the strength coach was the weak link. Does seems to be a lot of drama on this staff. Go Vols

acolvol#632266 writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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Oh no, who got arrested in Gainsville.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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Hey Gay-torz, Cryer called,"He said bring bail money home"

RTB writes:

I can understand the guy who is going to BYU over Tennessee. I can almost understand Scroggins trying to get on with USC because it is his hometown school, despite the other QB guy who already has the starting role locked for next fall.

But the rest of them ... are mysteries. It is as if the prospects believe the Tennessee QB will be handing off most of the time, or occasionally throwing a 3-yd pass or a pitchout, and that is not the game they want to play.

givehim6 writes:

And the big wheel spins round & round where i stops know one knows.Who will be UTs next QB?

txvolsfan writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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Cryer has told everyone for months that he wants to be a domer and you just won't listen!!!

BamaVol writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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No QB, No coach for 2010

txvolsfan writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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I'm with you Marc, you seem to have the scoop on most the recruiting info. Let's play ball!!!

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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We're having trouble signing a quality qb, and YOU are the one panicking? I would too, I guess, if my team of great expectations was staring down the barrel of an upset loss to a 5-7 team with no proven qb.

Don't worry, Tebow hasn't lost a game in '09. Yet.

DRAGtheWATERS writes:

whats the story on lamaison? why did he go to junior college? will he have 4yrs to play 3yrs?

kabzs writes:

Hey guys,

We are the big Orange, not the big Lemons. Why in the world are so many sour comments on this board so defeatist? There are so many whiners here, just like those who gave up on Brown and Oku, while the coaches were pulling off the recruiting upset behind the scenes. Remember how many thought there was no way we could get Brown and Oku both!; especially when we already had some good backs ahead of them. I remember all the guys putting Brown down because he had a mentor who helped his decision making as Brown took his time. Guys on this board ran Brown down into the mud because he was taking his time. He was accused of not being a team player. We now know Brown is anything but a prima donna and is a very hard worker.

We already have 2 new QBs coming in and there is no reason we can't get a couple more before signing day. There is absolutely no reason to trash talk about any qb prospect just because he is wanting to make certain as he makes the biggest decision of his life. These guys just finished their junior year and they will be watched by millions of people on tv. It is very reasonable to take one's time under those circumstances.

Boys, this college football recruiting is where the coaches get the ingredients for their football recipe. CLK and Coach O and the rest are really good at what they do. Much of what they do has to be covert.

Get your panties out of a wad and enjoy the process.

the10sevol writes:

good post, o-lane, sums it up nicely.
GBO

99gator writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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he's afraid to be "the guy", but wants to go to arguably the most glamourous spot in all of college football at the moment.....qb at USC.

i don't buy that.

tennessee will get a guy who will probably be a good player....but, don't suddenly find problems with scroggins that weren't there before it has become "obvious" that he is leaning to USC

JLeon04 writes:

I think Scroggins is the last "elite" QB remaining in this class. I hope Scroggins pulls the trigger for UT on the 25th on ESPN. That would be huge for UT recruiting and I am sure that WRs, hopefully Prater and Ambles, along with other top WRs would take a longer and much harder look at UT. Rettig is solid, but Scroggins would garner much more attention.

GO VOLS!!

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