Tennessee’s recruitment of a junior college quarterback has zeroed in on Matt Simms from El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif., a source close to his recruitment told the News Sentinel.
A scholarship offer is likely forthcoming after the Vols evaluated the former Louisville quarterback last weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Simms led El Camino to a 42-20 victory over College of the Desert by completing 22 of 30 passes for 320 yards and a touchdown and one interception.
Simms left Louisville in January reportedly because he didn’t feel he’d be named the starter.
UT has a history with the Simms’ family. Matt Simms’ older brother, Chris Simms, committed to UT in 1999 before signing with Texas. Chris Simms is the backup QB for the Denver Broncos.
Matt and Chris’ father, Phil Simms, is a football analyst for CBS after a 14-year career with the New York Giants.
The Vols were also in Texas last weekend to evaluate Cameron Newton from Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas.
However, the former Florida player’s stock took a serious hit when he was suspended for the first half of last weekend’s game. In the half he did play he was 17-of-27 passing for 327 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried nine times for 39 yards and two touchdowns.
The 6-6, 245-pound Newton reportedly has offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State and Arizona.
UT has a high school quarterback committed for the 2010 class: Tyler Bray from Kingsburg, Calif.
UT has two other quarterbacks on its roster: senior Nick Stephens and junior college transfer Nick Lamaison.