Tennessee has decided quarterback Barry Brunetti can play for the Vols. Now it’s up to the rising senior from Memphis University High School.
Brunetti said Tuesday he was told recently by UT recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to expect a written scholarship offer in the mail soon.
“I was shocked but excited at the same time,” Brunetti said about the offer. “I’ve always been a Vol fan so to hear I should be getting an offer from a school I’ve been loving all my life was very exciting.”
UT decided to offer Brunetti after evaluating him at Tennessee’s skill-position camp on June 2.
The question had been whether Brunetti, whose high school runs a spread offense, can run the Vols’ pro-style offense.
Brunetti’s height had been another concern. He’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds.
“It’s always motivated me to know I have some kind of fault with my height,” Brunetti said. “That just makes me work even harder when I’m practicing.
“I just go hard every play. If you go hard they can’t miss you.”
Brunetti said he’s considering UT along with three other schools that have already offered him: Mississippi State, West Virginia and Penn State.
Brunetti said he took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State last weekend and plans to visit West Virginia and Penn State in the next week.
He said he plans to make a return trip to UT in July and then choose a school before his senior season.
Brunetti said depth at the quarterback position will be a major factor in his decision.
UT has two quarterbacks on scholarship: senior Jonathan Crompton and junior Nick Stephens.
Mike Rozier, a former pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization, is taking part in the first session of summer school and will be a walk-on.
“Their depth chart is really just not that deep right now,” Brunetti said about UT. “They have one of the best depth chart quarterback situations of any other school.”
UT has offered scholarships to two other quarterbacks who are currently uncommitted: Jesse Scroggins from Lakewood (Calif.) High and Richard Hendrix from Moeller High in Cincinnati.
Brunetti said he isn’t concerned with their interest in UT.
“That won’t play (a factor in his decision) at all,” he said. “You have to offer other quarterbacks.”
Irish Charm: Hendrix had rave reviews following a trip to Notre Dame on Monday.
The 6-3, 220-pound Hendrix told IrishIllustrated.com he nearly committed to Notre Dame during his visit.
“I really did,” Hendrix told the Web site. “I was blown away. I had to let my head settle down before I make a decision.”
Hendrix, who didn’t return calls or text messages left by the News Sentinel, told IrishIllustrated.com he wants to visit other schools before he makes his choice.
“Miami, Florida and (Ohio State) deserve hard consideration,” Hendrix said. “I’m not 100 percent on Notre Dame yet; obviously it sounds like I am.”