Tennessee hopes to have found its quarterback of the future with Tyler Bray, who confirmed his commitment Tuesday to play for the Vols.
The confirmation ended a frantic afternoon in which some recruiting Web sites reported Bray was committed while others reported he wasn't.
The commitment is hardly a surprise. Bray raved to the News Sentinel on Sunday about his official visit to UT this past weekend, especially the atmosphere of Neyland Stadium as the Vols beat Western Kentucky 63-7.
"I just committed this morning to Tennessee," Bray told Scout.com. "It feels great. I just love the coaching staff and they are great coaches. And the fans are crazy. They're putting together a great recruiting class and they'll play."
The 6-foot-6, 200-pounder from Kingsburg (Calif.) High School was one of the fastest-rising quarterback prospects in the nation. He had been committed to San Diego State since July.
The commitment represents a major achievement for the Vols, who had been spurned by a handful of quarterbacks for the 2010 class.
The Vols first began recruiting Blake Bell from Wichita, Kan., before he committed to Oklahoma. UT then pursued Jake Heaps from Sammamish, Wash., and Andrew Hendrix from Cincinnati before they committed to BYU and Notre Dame, respectively.
UT recruited Barry Brunetti from Memphis heavily before he committed to West Virginia.
The Vols offered Chase Rettig from San Clemente, Calif., late only to see him commit to Boston College.
The Vols seemed to be in good shape with Jesse Scroggins from Lakewood, Calif., before he committed to Southern California, which made a late push to secure him.
Head coach Lane Kiffin certainly didn't expect to miss out on so many quarterback prospects while he patiently evaluated a quarterback crop that most recruiting analysts say is sub-par.
Bray, who only had scholarship offers from San Diego State and UT, was ranked as the 23rd best quarterback in the nation by Scout and the sixth best pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.
Bray's ranking improved significantly when he performed well at camps this summer.
UT likely won't end its quarterback recruiting with Bray. Scroggins could still be a possibility since USC freshman Matt Barkley was named the Trojans' starter.