Bray says he's coming to Tennessee

California standout could be answer to quarterback needs

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.

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panties4tebow writes:

You will always be proud of your decision to become a Vol Tyler. GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!

BleedOrangeForever writes:

Welcome to Knoxville Tyler!

volaholic45 writes:

With the exception of a less than full house, how could his visit to Neyland been any better?

With this important get in place it should give the recruiting at other positions (and perhaps even QB) a great boost.

scooter61 writes:

Carroll had Carson Palmer
Davis had Ken Dorsey
Richt had David Greene

Now hopefully Kiffin has his first signature quarterback and we can move forward. Great move fellas and lets go VOLS!!

andy112382#209793 writes:

Won the accuracy award at the Elite 11 over those guys who went elsewhere (the ones that made it to Elite 11 at that) and second place to Jake Heaps for MVP.....don't have a problem with that! GO VOLS!!!

Fulton_Vol writes:

I watched the Elite 11 show on ESPN U and this kid rocked. He out threw everyone else but Heaps. He finished as the Second MVP, Most Accurate Passer and Most Upside. He is blooming at the right moment and will be amazing here at UT.

snafu14u#241639 writes:

I assure you that Manning was a positive influence. Just his presence. The fans and the spectacule of Neyland Stadium on a September Saturday had to be unreal. The real difference in playing for UT is that you can get your name on a street/way/ave/etc and people will name their children after you. Case closed. He's a project, but I think he's in good hands. Now we'll see if anyone follows him to The Hill. Bonzaivol

GahLee writes:

Was there any doubt that he would sign...I think that most of us knew when he moved his visit up that he would sign...was just a matter of time.

RoadTrip writes:

We got the right one for us. Look elsewhere other than Scroggins for the second QB, CLK. Jesse had the same opportunity as Tyler and could not see the forest for the trees.

HHUUMMBBLLEE writes:

put some weight on that boy

CoverOrange writes:

Wasn't Danny Marino picked behind 6 or 7 other QBs back in 82? First is not always the best. Diamond in the rough. Diamond Bray.

kabzs writes:

His parents reportedly are looking for housing in Knoxville. Move the whole family here?!

Momma's home cookin and his dady's genes(300lbs+) and this kid is going to be a hoss.

brokebackvol writes:

Hurray Tyler - Welcome to Big Orange Country!

chargervol writes:

If there was any doubt about Ambles(WR)wavering, this should put a lot of that at ease. It was Ambles that talked Bray into giving Tennessee a serious look. Thanks Markeith and keep up the recruiting help. GO VOLS!!!

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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I love the smell of fear in the air.

givehim6 writes:

CLK probably knew Bray's was watching and wanted to really leave an impression, that is why he wanted 5 or 6 TD's.

DennisVols writes:

This weekend there are a few more top recruits coming in for the UCLA game. I can't remember who is coming bit I read a couple of weeks ago on VolNation that there are at least 2 undecided top 100 recruits coming this weekend for an offical visit.
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

tennezz writes:

It is not going to take Kiffin as long to rebuild as gators and bammers hoped it would!

stayingorange writes:

I like it, and best of all the article over the weekend said he'd be on campus in January which gives him lots of time in the weight room and the playbook.

montanavolfan writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

I love the smell of fear in the air.

It smells like, Victory........

Hounddog writes:

Focus. Beat UCLA.

Let's play football. Hounddog.

Whiskey_Wizard writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Thats what I'm talkin bout! Drank it! Whiskey for me!

volfanNPa writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

We got the right one for us. Look elsewhere other than Scroggins for the second QB, CLK. Jesse had the same opportunity as Tyler and could not see the forest for the trees.

I agree the heck with Scroggins. We want guys who want to be vols. Before the fall is over I really feel Bray will be one of the top rated QB's in the country. Welcome Bray and go Vols!! beat UCLA

RockyTopBoy writes:

in response to HHUUMMBBLLEE:

put some weight on that boy

Agree! I am sure he has already been given a strict dietary plan and lifting plan by UT to begin this process. The Kiff is not going to waste a moment!

Waldorf writes:

"The confirmation ended a frantic afternoon in which some recruiting Web sites reported Bray was committed while others reported he wasn't."

I pretty much saw one website saying he wasn't committed - this one. Every other reputable one beat this one by a solid forty-five minutes to an hour.

vol_chaz writes:

Bray can now help us recruit. He's now the face of the future...

ncvol17 writes:

DUDES, IT IS SEPT. HE COMMITTED NOT SIGNED... REMEMBER HE COMMITED ELSEWHERE 1ST.. NOTHING IS A LOCK IN THE WACKY WORLD OF FOOTBALL RECRUITING...

RJ_Vol writes:

in response to ncvol17:

DUDES, IT IS SEPT. HE COMMITTED NOT SIGNED... REMEMBER HE COMMITED ELSEWHERE 1ST.. NOTHING IS A LOCK IN THE WACKY WORLD OF FOOTBALL RECRUITING...

Ditto - Well, sort of. We might land Scroggins too!

GahLee writes:

Wow...on a side note; Jermaine Gresham (the outstanding TE from Oklahoma ) is out for the year...maybe this isn't new news, I just found out...talk about a blown season...you lose the reigning Heisman winner and the games best TE in the first game of the year...Miami has got a shot.

jst4tdyvols writes:

Welcome Tyler,I personally hope that Scroggins stays in cali, we got a man that wants to be a vol.Made the trip and thats all it took.GO VOLS

volfaninwh writes:

in response to DaMan:

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wow are you like taking a cold shower or what.
the vols are playing harder than ever and we are kicking butt in recruiting so get used to it.

rockytop#413695 writes:

in response to DaMan:

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So you think you are Da Man? I say you are Da Idiot if you believe your own post. Who cares who else offered him after his junior year in HS. He still gets to play his senior year, where he will improve his rankings and his offers, that is if anyone else thinks they can take him away from the best recruiters in the country.

Oh, that's right, they are only ranked 6th in the SEC now. Oh wait a second, actual signing day isn't until next February and rankings now don't mean squat.

Do you really think Tajh Boyd would have seen the field Saturday for UT? Did see the field for Clemson as far as I can tell.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

in response to DaMan:

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Something tells me that you didn't meet Tyler Bray... is it how you troll around here, or how you're full of cr@p, or how you slam Tennessee recruiting? I wonder which one it could be. Either way, it's about time mommy came and told you to go to bed.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

in response to DaMan:

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And we should believe a moron that predicted:
Tennessee 24
WKU 17????????????

PlaidinOrangeandWhite writes:

in response to DaMan:

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If your not drinking the Orange Kool-Aid; please go to another website! We don't need you here!

AZVOL writes:

in response to DaMan:

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Anybody who has to call himself "DaMan" probably isn't DaMan! Was posting these negative thoughts the only way you could get attention?

Volin68 writes:

in response to DaMan:

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wamp wamp wamp...I've seen this same post before. What's the matter gaaaayyturd boy runnin' low on insults?

sick'em Witch Dr.

Voluvr writes:

Welcome to Knoxville son...the weight room is right over there.

Two hours in weight room per day should take care of things.

Volin68 writes:

Oh! one more thing Duhman. You say you met the kid THIS weekend. Without being too blunt...

YOU ARE A LIAR.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

in response to Volin68:

wamp wamp wamp...I've seen this same post before. What's the matter gaaaayyturd boy runnin' low on insults?

sick'em Witch Dr.

Da man is stupid beyond belief even as far as trolls go. Since he can't prove he's stupid with a single post - he routinely posts his stupidity multiple times.

Gator99 is an exception - but the thing I can't understand is why a Gator would bother to publish such idiotic moronic garbage as DaMan. Florida has been a dominant team and all the Gator fans need to do is talk intelligent and feel good about where they are. Instead morons like DCnolife and DAmoron keep spouting stupidity.

Don't worry - One day - Florida won't be dominant in football - but Da Man will still stupid with no friends. Give him a break - maybe he was beaten as a child.

TnScooby writes:

OMG!!!!! Who cares about Tajh Boyd anymore????? I and several others have posted repeatedly that CLK and staff would get a blue chipper at QB for the 2010 class and Bray DEFINITELY fits the mold....DaWoman hasn't a clue about ANYTHING, much less UT recruiting....I'm sure DaIdiot never met Bray, or even seen him in person...I want photos to confirm...just another idiot troll that can't accept the fact UT is WAY ahead of the curve for achieving success on the field AGAIN! Tyler Bray has an opportunity to become an elite QB by committing to UT and I for one am happy that he realizes the situation he is presented with....San Diego State is a great school I'm sure but the ability to play early here at UT is so much more advantageous to a kid who obviously would like to play in the NFL some day...As for the interlopers who continue to hopelessly look for negatives with CLK, GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!!! Bray's weight might be a little light now but a few pounds and some good coaching will make him all we need at QB...Congratulations and Welcome to Big Orange Country Tyler....Enjoy the ride!!!!

FWBVol writes:

in response to DaMan:

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I just checked both scout.com and rivals.com to see how big each site list Bray as being. Rivals has him 6-6, 187. Scout has him 6-7, 190.

Here's a thought, the kid is 17 years old, maybe he's put on a few pounds since the summer. He's much better suited to run Kiffin's offense than Boyd, who is sitting this year at Clemson.

I think Bray is a huge recruit in helping bring in other players and fill out this class.

I know he plans on enrolling in January and the best-case scenerio would have Nick Stephens starting next fall while Bray continues to grow and get stronger while learning the system.

If he happens to be good enough to beat Stephens out, that's OK too.

TnScooby writes:

And BTW, Scout has UT 2010 class 12th nationally and 5th in the SEC, Rivals has UT 18th nationally and 5th in the SEC.....And No SEC schools are "poised" to pass the Vols in the rankings...Get your facts straight or don't post AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

whatcanbrowndoforyou writes:

Welcome to the FAST LANE Tyler!! I can see him throwing the ol pig skin down the field now to our young explosive receivers. We are laying the foundation now ladies and gents for the next big thing!! I can't wait for saturday, this game will go along way in showing us where this team is at. Like CLK said were shutting the gates behind them and they get out when we let em out! Go get em Vols!! Welcome to the show!!

volfalcon writes:

in response to DennisVols:

This weekend there are a few more top recruits coming in for the UCLA game. I can't remember who is coming bit I read a couple of weeks ago on VolNation that there are at least 2 undecided top 100 recruits coming this weekend for an offical visit.
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

DennisVols, love your input. Don't post often but can tell you're excited. Some am I. GO VOLS!!!

volfalcon writes:

in response to volfalcon:

DennisVols, love your input. Don't post often but can tell you're excited. Some am I. GO VOLS!!!

KEEPING IT REAL!!! GO VOLS!!! sorry

volfalcon writes:

in response to DaMan:

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Soup Beans and Cornbread YA Boy Daaaaaaa BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OWBET? Scafle Please!!!

Stepchild_nFL writes:

in response to kabzs:

His parents reportedly are looking for housing in Knoxville. Move the whole family here?!

Momma's home cookin and his dady's genes(300lbs+) and this kid is going to be a hoss.

I don't care how good Momma's cooking is Daddy's genes can stay on the closeline 'cause Tyler will never fit 'em.

colt writes:

Do you get the feeling that AL. and FL. are in panic over the successes Tennessee is having? They know in there hearts and minds that its only a short period of time before we beat their elephants and lizards.

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