UT expands quarterback hunt for 2010

Tennessee’s list of prospective quarterbacks for 2010 is growing, as evident by two recent scholarship offers.

The Vols issued an official invitation to Jesse Scroggins on Monday, just days after UT offered a scholarship to Andrew Hendrix last week.

The offers were extended as UT’s coaches evaluate more prospects as part of their spring evaluation period.

Scroggins is from Lakewood (Calif.) High School and is considering several Pac-10 schools as well as LSU. Hendrix is from Moeller High School in Cincinnati and is considering several Big 10 schools.

Many recruiting analysts have said this year’s quarterback class lacks elite pro-style prospects. UT has acted accordingly, offering only those that they have thoroughly researched.

Before the latest pair of offers, UT had only offered two pro-style quarterbacks: Blake Bell from Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, Kan., and Jake Heaps from Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash.

Bell has since committed to Oklahoma and it will likely prove difficult to convince Heaps to come as far east as Knoxville.

UT will evaluate Cameron Newton from Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas, and Matt Simms from El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif., this fall.

Both are junior college prospects who could see their status vastly affected if UT receives a commitment from a high school prospect this summer. However, either could quickly become a much-needed part of UT’s recruiting plans if the Vols don’t land what they need soon.

Newton left Florida after he was found in possession of a stolen laptop.

Simms transferred from Louisville in search of more playing time. He is the younger brother of NFL quarterback Chris Simms and the son of former NFL quarterback Phil Simms.

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Comments » 77

volstuckinbama writes:

All I can say is that we better get a couple on board quickly. We are already BAD in this position.

panties4tebow writes:

Bring him on!

WE WILL WE WILL ROCK YOU!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!

PepperGrinder (Inactive) writes:

in response to BloggerFormerlyKnownAs_SLIMJIM85VOLS:

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"UT will evaluate Cameron Newton from Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas, and Matt Simms from El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif., this fall."

No he is in there.

pammyvol1000 writes:

Not to change subject but saw this interview with Candace Parker.
Parkhttp://www.wnba.com/wnbaplayer/wnbaco.... very soon to be Mommy..

tennesseebee writes:

Jake Heaps needs to really mull this thing over. He needs UT. He could have the starting job and shine in the SEC. If I die before I wake- Sign Jake

Jagob38 writes:

After the past dealings with Phil Simms Family I have no desire to see a member of that family in Big Orange.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Jagob38:

After the past dealings with Phil Simms Family I have no desire to see a member of that family in Big Orange.

Ya know that is what I was thinking also....am I coming or not? OOOPs that was a longhorn hat I went to with two weeks remaining in recruiting period if memory serves me correctly.

Keep evaluating coaches and get a goodern ok?

the10sevol writes:

in response to Jagob38:

After the past dealings with Phil Simms Family I have no desire to see a member of that family in Big Orange.

Thank you. Many have forgotten that Chris jilted us after committing. As it turned out, he couldn't beat out Major Applewhite, and has been mostly mediocre in the no fun league.
Burnt orange justice, I suppose.

Vol_atile writes:

in response to BloggerFormerlyKnownAs_SLIMJIM85VOLS:

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For goodness sake. Don't ever post a link to a cesspool Gator forum again. I feel the utter stupidity has rubbed off. I think I'm gonna be sick! I've got to wash my body after reading that diatribe.

gohawks1 writes:

Eric Berry played QB in high school. I'm just saying...

golfballs03 writes:

I hope we get Scroggins. I think Heaps is as good as gone, but this staff has surprised me before. Cam Newton would be the best of all of them! But no thanks to Simms

feathersax writes:

in response to Vol_atile:

For goodness sake. Don't ever post a link to a cesspool Gator forum again. I feel the utter stupidity has rubbed off. I think I'm gonna be sick! I've got to wash my body after reading that diatribe.

So very true. Thanks for clearing the air of gay-tor butt-boogers.

MrBamSeydu writes:

in response to gohawks1:

Eric Berry played QB in high school. I'm just saying...

I could go on living the rest of my life perfectly fine without ever hearing someone say "I'm just saying"... it's pretty annoying.

On a football note, yes QB is a glaring need but so is OL. We will undoubtedly sign a QB, whoever that is, but if we don't get some premier OL it won't matter much.

gohawks1 writes:

in response to MrBamSeydu:

I could go on living the rest of my life perfectly fine without ever hearing someone say "I'm just saying"... it's pretty annoying.

On a football note, yes QB is a glaring need but so is OL. We will undoubtedly sign a QB, whoever that is, but if we don't get some premier OL it won't matter much.

I'm here to annoy. I'm just saying...

tngivem6 writes:

What about Joe Montana's boy?..isn't he interested in UT?same school as Casey Clausen in Cali..
with the way this staff recruits, I am not worried about what QB comes to UT..it will be one "That fits our system"..
need some big time wr and ol first..got tons of talent at rb..

Major_Magilicutty writes:

Heaps is in! We'll get em!

DrJCrown_theMagicMan writes:

so this year we have JC at QB and next year we start a true freshman.

OK well 2011 maybe what we are waiting for!

golfballs03 writes:

in response to Major_Magilicutty:

Heaps is in! We'll get em!

wishful thinking. but i hope you're right

pdhuff#552644 writes:

We already know about "quarterback hunt".

We spent a season looking to no avail.

old_number1 writes:

in response to gohawks1:

I'm here to annoy. I'm just saying...

I like hearing the statement- I'm just saying!.....I'm just saying!

DrJCrown_theMagicMan writes:

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jroc81#443281 writes:

I think Jesse Scroggins long term and Cam Newton short term would be the best quarterbacks for us. I would love to get Heaps, but I think he is gone. How many more years of eligibility would Cam have left?

DrJCrown_theMagicMan writes:

in response to biggestutfan:

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Thats some funny stuff right there man!

You know a florida redneck...

LOL!!!

DrJCrown_theMagicMan writes:

I hear you biggestutfan those florida suckers are the laughing stock of football and I hope Florida has enjoyed there run cause its about it.
What goes up must come down!
Everybody that has watched the game of football has seen it b4.
Glad we get a few jokes as we watch them start there decline though---LOL!

HallowedHill writes:

Get Coach 'O' to camp outside Heaps' house. Seems like he is ready to contribute right away and we need someone who can contribute right away. Seems like a perfect fit.

4ss#446072 writes:

I'd like to see Cameron Newton in orange! Even if he is not a "pro-style" QB - they say he has a cannon arm! with the speed we have a WR, he can scramble out of danger due to bad OL blocking and uncork one downfield, then give 'em 6! That will set up our running attack with Bryce Brown and co to pound the rock! Plus, it will piss the Urban Myth off really bad!

TxFatBoy writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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This post borders on the ignorant! Simms and Cheney? Perhaps RockyMountainVol should shut HIS trap! If not, then why should Cheney shut up??? Football is NOT politics.

Vol_fan_in_Tampa writes:

Guys Newton is A BEAST! All the Florida fans down here were creamin their jorts when they saw that kid shed a DE and whip the ball on a rope over right over the rcvrs head in the blue and orange game last year. He an Tblow were stretchin side by side and the kid overshadowed him in every aspect as far as size goes. He got popped for an incident which I wonder how that whole thing really went down. There are many things we have all done that, if the issue was pushed, we could have been in big trouble. Maybe thats what happened to Cam. May be not.

All things aside the guy has a flat out cannon and decent decision making skills. With an athletic freak like him in the backfield with our running game.... Who cares if we have trouble pass blocking. He'll just shed the would be tackler and make the throw

ect1983 writes:

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Rocky.....take your own advice and keep your yap shut in re Cheney

4ss#446072 writes:

"Football is NOT politics"
WORD!

gohawks1 writes:

in response to old_number1:

I like hearing the statement- I'm just saying!.....I'm just saying!

Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

TxFatBoy writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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I don't think it is ignorance, I think it's FEAR! They CLAIM that they are confident and Coach K can't coach...but in reality they are scared to death!

gulfvol963 writes:

dont want a simms

vol98champ writes:

in response to BobbeaVol:

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You are an idiot. I agree with the first sentence, but the second is just beyond stupid.

Voluvr writes:

in response to BloggerFormerlyKnownAs_SLIMJIM85VOLS:

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Now were talking.

Voluvr writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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Youre right about Simms and wrong about Cheney. Bush has taken a drubbing from Obama every week. Usually off limits but no more.

Simms mommy couldn't get a guarantee from Fulmer so he left and didn't get it from Mack either. Brown couldn't stand Simms and it started the first day of practice, Simms arrived in a limo.

Voluvr writes:

in response to gatorz4:

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You know gatorz, you're not a true sportsfan. I mean one that actually strapped up and layed it on the line yourself. It's clear as you have no respect. Every former player and coach in here know your type.

Other gator fans in here are actual sports fans not just antagonists. Say something true and your comments have gain some respect.

Voluvr writes:

in response to BloggerFormerlyKnownAs_SLIMJIM85VOLS:

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Okay guys, this is funny. This site has some UT fans in there blogging doing the "gatorz" on them.

Volsfanstuckintx writes:

in response to Voluvr:

Okay guys, this is funny. This site has some UT fans in there blogging doing the "gatorz" on them.

I personally know Cam Newton, I go to school at A&M and I am a huge UT fan who simply couldnn't afford the out of state schooling. One of the guys I played high school football with plays with him at Blinn Junior College and he told me that on the field he is the biggest freak he has ever seen. So take it for what it's worth, but I for one wouldn't mind seeing him in orange next year.

Voluvr writes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSV_vR...

This guy is scary and interested in the Vols. What this kid could do with Monte Kiffin as a coach.

old_number1 writes:

in response to gohawks1:

Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

yes, but you forgot to say 'I'm just saying' when you said that. I'm just saying!

prideofthesouthland writes:

in response to Jagob38:

After the past dealings with Phil Simms Family I have no desire to see a member of that family in Big Orange.

Amen!

Irwin_Linker writes:

Is Cam Newton available to play in the fall. The Gator sports web site says he is, but KNS says he will be evaluated in the fall. Wny clarity here would be great.

the10sevol writes:

OK, I read the article and all the posts, and I'm disappointed. Based on my belief that this staff was already scouring every inch of the nation, I thought this was gonna be news, "Kiffin convinces NASA to turn Hubble towards prep pracice fields this month", or something.
Sheesh...
And what's the difference between a "scholarship" and an "invitation"? Are we asking Andrew to the game and Jesse to the dance?
I guess I shouldn't expect more than message board material during the doldrums, but...

old_number1 writes:

in response to the10sevol:

OK, I read the article and all the posts, and I'm disappointed. Based on my belief that this staff was already scouring every inch of the nation, I thought this was gonna be news, "Kiffin convinces NASA to turn Hubble towards prep pracice fields this month", or something.
Sheesh...
And what's the difference between a "scholarship" and an "invitation"? Are we asking Andrew to the game and Jesse to the dance?
I guess I shouldn't expect more than message board material during the doldrums, but...

It says in the article a reference to the two offers. So I took it to mean that he was offered a scholarship. At least they appear to be good prospects.

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

in response to Irwin_Linker:

Is Cam Newton available to play in the fall. The Gator sports web site says he is, but KNS says he will be evaluated in the fall. Wny clarity here would be great.

Newton would not be eligible until the 2010 season.
He played in the Florida/Hawaii game this past year.

LiveFaith writes:

QB is not that important anyway. Believe me, I watched almost all our games last year. I bet the QB hardly ever stayed on the field more than three plays at a time and many times less. Those defensive safeties and the kicker did most of our scoring. Give it a rest on this ... it's not the end of the world if we get only get a 2 star.

tennezz writes:

in response to gatorz4:

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Gator are you one of them Half-Azz indians from down in florida, A simihole?

the10sevol writes:

Double reply -
#1, agreed, both are outstanding, and assume we have offered both kids, just found the wording more appropriate to a cotillion. Unless they said, "Jesse, we'd like to invite you to come rock Neyland Stadium before graduating and being drafted #1". I would have brought up Nobels and Pulitzers, but I think that's an NCAA no-no.

LiveFaith, I watched the games you missed. You didn't miss anything to disprove your view. QB is a position with immediate PT opportunity, GBO

old_number1 writes:

in response to the10sevol:

Double reply -
#1, agreed, both are outstanding, and assume we have offered both kids, just found the wording more appropriate to a cotillion. Unless they said, "Jesse, we'd like to invite you to come rock Neyland Stadium before graduating and being drafted #1". I would have brought up Nobels and Pulitzers, but I think that's an NCAA no-no.

LiveFaith, I watched the games you missed. You didn't miss anything to disprove your view. QB is a position with immediate PT opportunity, GBO

You know, there many times that the writing in these articles leaves alot to be desired. This is a case in point. But for those of us looking for info, We live with it.

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