Potential Future Tennessee gunslingers

With starting quarterback Casey Clausen preparing for his farewell tour in 2003, the Vol coaching staff is preparing to find his successor. Here is an early list of guys that might closely resemble the list that sits on the desk of Phillip Fulmer.

*Brian Brohm
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 200 40: 4.6
High School: Trinity HS (Louisville, KY)

Bio: Brian Brohm is one of the top overall players in America. As a junior, he posted amazing stats, completing 226 of 335 passes for 3,777 yards and 47 TDs with just one interception while leading his team to their second straight state title. As a sophomore, he put up 3,082 yards and 39 TDs with just 5 INTs on 174 of 273 passing. He was the co-winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given to Kentucky's top player. He is the brother of ex-NFLer Jeff Brohm and the son of ex-Louisville QB Oscar Brohm. He has a great arm, excellent touch on deep passes and is also mobile. He has gotten a scholarship offer to play football at the University of Tennessee.

Brohm's breakdown: He had a story book junior season, throwing for 3,777 yards, 47 touchdown passes and only ONE interception. Along the way, he led his team to a state championship. In the title game, he and his Trinity teammates outscored Michael Bush and Male High School 59-56, in one of the greatest football games you will ever see at any level. Brohm was 12/21 for 552 yards and 7 TDs. "That had to be my fondest memory so far in my football career," Brohm said. "That was such a crazy game. Anything and everything happened and there were so many big plays."

Brohm will be one of the most sought after signal callers this recruiting season. He has great size (6-4 and 200 pounds) and good speed (4.6 range). He has also been around the game so long and has had some pretty good mentors. His brother (Jeff) and dad (Oscar) both played quarterback for Louisville and Jeff spent some years in the NFL with San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Denver.

"They have both been huge in my development. My brother has been working with me since the 7th grade, especially on my motion and skills and my father has coached me since the 5th grade. "In high school we throw so much. I sit back, make my reads and throw. I just pick apart the defense. I think I have brains back there and I feel that I am a student of the game. We have such a great scheme. It is all about progressions and picking out the right receiver and knowing when to throw the ball."

According to Brohm, he has scholarship offers from Illinois, Purdue, Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa and others. "Some of the factors I am looking at are the offensive systems and can I make it to the next level. Playing time and making an impact are important as well."

Now his brother does coach quarterbacks at Louisville. Does that give the Cardinals an edge? "I will have to wait and see what happens, especially with Michael (Bush). He could change positions. They signed two QBs. But I would like to play for them and who wouldn't want to play for your brother. I am real comfortable with him."

For now, Brohm is open.
Sidenote: Brohm's school (Trinity) will play in Nashville at MBA on August 23. Kickoff is tenatively slated for 6pm CST. This will be a great chance for Middle Tennesseans to get a first hand look at possibly the best high school quarterback in the nation who could also end up wearing orange.

*Xavier Lee
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 210 40: 4.7
High School: Daytona Beach, FL (Seabreeze)

Bio: 3,075 yards passing and 33 TD's, 560 yards rushing and 11 TD's during his junior season. Also plays basketball at Seabreeze. Averages a double double from his center position. Florida State and NC State lead Tennessee, LSU, and Georgia among others are listed as his favorites.

The Lowdown on Lee: Considered by some local football fans to be the best quarterback in the state of Florida as a Junior. Going into his senior season, the spotlight will be directly on him as he makes a return trip to the Nike Camp in Miami and guns for a shot at the Elite 11 Camp in California.

If Lee's numbers are any indication of what he can do on the field, he'll be a shoe in to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country this year. As a junior at Daytona Beach's Seabreeze High School, Lee threw for 3,075 yards and 35 touchdowns. He set a goal of 1,000 yards rushing as well, but found that he wasn't going to get the chance to run the ball enough to reach 1,000. "Yeah, I wanted to get 1,000 yards rushing," said Lee, "but I realized that wasn't realistic. I wasn't going to be running the ball enough. I worked on my speed and my running a lot though." Lee finished the season with 560 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, and working on his 40 time his one of this primary physical goals this year. He is plenty fast to get yards when he needs to with a 4.7 forty.

When it comes to choosing a school, Lee is going have his pick for the most part, but two schools have jumped to the forefront early in the process.

"Florida State and NC State are the two schools that I am looking at the most right now. They're my top two. There are a bunch of schools after that."

When asked about several top schools in the south, Lee said he was also looking at Tennessee, LSU, and Georgia, but it was clear that FSU and NC State are firmly in the driver's seat right now. When push comes to shove, FSU may be the team to beat. The Seminoles just signed Lee's brother, Anthony Kelly, from Seabreeze on February 5th.

*Chase Patton
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 210 40: 4.72
High School: Rock Bridge Sr. HS (Columbia, MO)

Bio: There are several talented quarterbacks around the country in 2003. Missouri's Chase Patton just could be the best of the best. Patton threw for 2,630 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior. He was named 1st team all-state during his junior season.

The Chase for Patton: Strong armed quarterback, who plays for former NFL TE AJ Ofodile. Already been offered by Missouri, Chase will likely be ranked among the nation's elite this upcoming summer.

With all due respect to the other quarterbacks in the country, I feel I have the best." Said Rock Bridge Head Coach A.J. Ofodile.

"Chase is a player, his skills speak for themselves. I've seen most of the top quarterbacks including the kid (Jon David Booty) that's going to USC, none of them have the skills that Chase Patton has.

"Chase's throwing motion, his release, his arm strength and skills set him apart from any other quarterback in the country. He's the best of the best."

We agree coach, Patton is the real diamond and it's easy to see why Missouri, Kansas State, Iowa and Tennessee have all offered a scholarship. Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Virginia are all recruiting Patton as well.

Patton looks like a natural in the pocket. His footwork and mechanics are excellent. His release is quick and he's got a very strong arm. TheInsiders.com recruiting experts say they haven't seen a high school quarterback like Chase Patton since Kyle Boller or Carson Palmer, both of which are projected as top 10 picks in the NFL Draft this coming Saturday.

*Sean Lewis
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 210 40: 4.7
High School: H L Richards HS (Oak Lawn, IL)

Bio: Sean Lewis passed for 2,100 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2002. He was named 1st team all-area. Cean lists his favorites as Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, LSU, Northwestern and Iowa.

The Situation on Sean: Richards head coach Gary Korhonen knew that he had a very talented young man (Lewis) and he had to build his offense around his strengths.

"When Sean was a sophomore, we brought him up to the varsity." Korhonen said. "I'm an old fashioned coach and I believe that if you bring somebody up to the varsity from the lower levels, he should play.

"We had a pretty good quarterback when Sean was a sophomore but my assistants insisted that we bring him up to the varsity. I told them (assistant coaches) if Sean's coming up, he's going to play.

"Sean split time his sophomore season and last year we put in Purdue's passing offense to use his strengths. As you know, we had an All-American tackle (Mike Jones) here and there wasn't a game that we didn't have college coaches in the stands.

"Every single coach that watched us play commented on how good Sean Lewis looked. Sean has an absolute cannon for an arm, he's smart and he's great under pressure. He doesn't shy away from contact and he's pretty fast for his size." Is Lewis a candidate for the prestigious "Elite 11" camp? We think so but it doesn't look like he'll get to prove himself.

"I'm scheduled to go to the 'Peyton Manning Passing Camps' at the same time as the (Michigan) Nike Camp, so I don't know if I'm going to make it or not.

"Northwestern is my only scholarship offer right now," Lewis said. "I'm getting hand-written mail from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Tennessee, Penn State, Iowa and Wisconsin.

*Chad Henne
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 208 40: 4.65
High School: West Lawn, PA. (Wilson High School)

Bio: He threw for over 2,000 yards during his junior year. Needs around 1,800 yards in his final high school year to become Pennsylvania's all-time prep passing leader.

Henne's History: Will be one of the nation's most sought after QB prospects. Can run and throw with big arm and excellent mobility. Last season as a junior, threw for over 2,200 yards and 23 touchdown passes and rushed for over 600 yards and 5 scores.

"I am a drop-back passer that can run the ball too," said Henne. "I play in a spread offense and we do everything. I would rate my arm pretty high and I can throw all the passes with touch or velocity. I have thrown the ball about 80 yards in a few competitions."

Henne, 6-3 and 210 pounds, says he currently has scholarship offers from Michigan, Penn State, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and others. For now, he is open.

"Michigan, Penn State, Georgia and Miami are four schools I am looking at right now. I want to pick a place where I can be comfortable around the coaches and I want to get to know those guys, especially the head coach and my position coach. Plus, I want to pick a school where I would be allowed to run and throw the ball. I am also looking at depth charts. I would like to start for at least three years and I am looking to see where other quarterbacks are going."

Henne also plays basketball and track. He recently dislocated his shoulder (non-throwing shoulder - left) playing basketball but he will be good to go for spring practice.

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