Instead of walking on for first-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones, kicker Andrew Gantz announced Sunday he is going to Cincinnati — Jones’ last school — also as a preferred walk-on.
Gantz said on Twitter Sunday, “I will now be playing football at The University of Cincinnati, I had to make the best decision for my family and myself #Bearcats #UC”
Gantz is a three-star prospect and ranked the nation’s No. 7 kicker in the 2013 class by 247Sports. But the Vols already had options at kicker with Michael Palardy and George Bullock, and added 3-star kicker Aaron Medley to the 2014 recruiting class in March. Medley is the second-ranked kicker in the class by 247Sports.
“Some things changed recently,” Gantz told 247Sports on Sunday. “I have nothing bad to say about the University of Tennessee and the coaches there, but I felt like I needed to look at a better opportunity to get on the field. I want to play. I work hard every day, and I want to play. I think this gives me the best opportunity to play.”
When Gantz, from Dayton, Ohio, said he was walking on at Tennessee in January, he told GoVols247 he thought he would be starting at the beginning of the upcoming season.
“I wouldn’t have chosen the (walk-on) offer at Tennessee,” Gantz said in January, “unless I was pretty positive that I was coming in next year and winning the starting job.”