The Tennessee Volunteers have struggled to find a leader at the quarterback position for quite some time now. Second-year head coach Butch Jones did not take a quarterback in his first recruiting class and currently has two-star quarterback Quinten Dormady committed for the 2015 class.
Jones may have grabbed his future starting quarterback when 2016 four-star Cuthbertson (Waxhaw, North Carolina) quarterback Austin Kendall committed to the Volunteers.
Tennessee has been recruiting Kendall since his freshman year in high school and Kendall felt right making the decision early.
“Last weekend my parents and I sat down and we figured out it was between Kentucky and Tennessee,” said the 6-foot-1, 198-pound Kendall. “When we weighed things out I really liked Tennessee the most. I really look forward to studying there and coach Jones has impressed me from day one. Coach Bajakian and coach Elder have impressed me also.”
Kendall recently visited Tennessee and that visit may have been the icing on the cake.
“I was up there two weeks ago,” said Kendall. “My family and I wanted to come back because I had never spent a night in Tennessee. I was able to spend some time with the players that night and get a feel for how they are. I spent the next day basically as one of the players except for practicing. I got a feel of how their life is and I liked it. It was kind of hard just sitting there watching them practice and not being able to get out there.”
Kendall also received offers from Boston College, Clemson, Miami (FL), N.C. State, Virginia, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.