Tennessee’s coaching staff got an up-close look at quarterback Barry Brunetti from Memphis University High School on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Brunetti competed in UT’s skill-position camp.
With a list of scholarship offers that includes Mississippi State, Penn State, West Virginia, Clemson, Oregon and Marshall, he said he wanted to show UT’s coaching staff his ability to throw and run.
“My film doesn’t show how quick my feet are, but I have real quick feet,” said Brunetti, who was named one of the quarterback MVPs following his performance. “I wanted to come out here and show them in person my arm strength and that I have real quick feet. They know I can run.”
The question has been whether he can run UT’s pro-style offense. Brunetti, whose high school runs a spread offense, believes he can adapt to UT’s system.
“I feel like I can fit in any offense,” he said. “Even though I run a spread, I feel I can fit in a pro-style or any offense. I practice more pro-style by myself than even spread.”
UT’s coaching staff will next decide if Brunetti is worthy of a scholarship. He said he isn’t bothered by the lack of an offer from UT.
“I don’t have an offer yet but if I do I’ll love it, and I’ll have them up there because I’ve always loved Tennessee since I was a young kid,” he said. “Even if I don’t have an offer, I’ll still love Tennessee because it’s the hometown and I’m the in-state kid.”
Brunetti said he has visits scheduled to Ole Miss, West Virginia and Penn State in the next two weeks.
He said he plans to make a decision in July, and that he won’t wait into his senior season for an offer from UT.
“I don’t think I’d hold off,” he said. “Either way I want to get it done before my senior season.”
First Impression: Vic Beasley had a nice showing after meeting UT’s coaching staff for the first time.
The 6-4, 215-pounder from Adairsville (Ga.) High was named one of the linebacker MVP’s following his performance.
Beasley said he hopes his showing will convince UT’s coaching staff to offer him a scholarship.
“I believe they liked me a lot and I believe I should get an offer soon,” said Beasley, who has offers from Auburn, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Stanford and East Carolina.
He said he believes he would fit into UT’s defense because of his size and athletic ability.
“I just wanted to impress the coaches with my outside linebacker skills,” Beasley said, “How I run and how I use my speed to help my athletic ability.”
He said he plans to wait until after his senior season to commit to a school.
He said he would certainly make a return trip to UT if he receives an offer.
“I like (Neyland) Stadium and I like this place,” Beasley said. “The coaches are great here and I just love being in this atmosphere.”