Cross quarterback Robert Marve off the list.
Although it was hardly a shock, the transfer from Miami selected Purdue over Tennessee on Thursday afternoon.
"I'm ready to get back on the field and just have some fun," Marve said following his televised announcement on ESPN.
Marve repeated sentiments he offered in an interview with the News Sentinel earlier this week, that he is comfortable with the Boilermakers' coaching staff and Purdue's spread offense, which he said is similar to what he ran at Plant High School in Tampa, Fla.
UT's recruiting staff had its hands tied since it couldn't openly contact Marve in light of Miami's decision not to freely release him to UT. As per NCAA rules, Marve couldn't talk to UT's coaches and would have had to pay for his own schooling for a year had he chosen to be a Vol. Marve will be on scholarship immediately at Purdue.
A Mr. Football winner in Florida as a high school senior in 2006, Marve started 11 games for Miami last season. He completed 116 of 213 passes for 1,293 yards with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He was suspended for two games last season before announcing he would transfer.
With Marve off the board, UT's quarterback recruiting figures to hit a lull for the remainder of May.
Don't expect another quarterback to receive a scholarship offer from UT until prospects begin showing up on campus during the first week of June for Vols' first summer camp.
UT is still firmly in the running for three of the four quarterbacks they've offered: Jake Heaps from Skyline High in Sammamish, Wash., Andrew Hendrix from Moeller High in Cincinnati and Jesse Scroggins from Lakeland (Calif.) High. UT has also offered Blake Bell from Bishop Carroll High in Wichita, Kan., but he is committed to Oklahoma.
The Vols have only one scholarship quarterback, junior Nick Stephens, slated to be on the roster next spring. Mike Rozier, a former pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization, will enroll for the first session of summer school in June and will be a walk-on. He has not taken a snap at quarterback since 2004 when he played for Henry County High School in Stockbridge, Ga.
It's possible that UT could sign more than one quarterback for the 2010 class, especially if the Vols like what they see from some junior college prospects.
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.
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.
UT's desire, however, to pursue such alternative plans will rely heavily on what it is able to accomplish this summer. Most highly rated quarterbacks commit before their senior season.