Mobile QB

With two young pocket passers already on campus in rising sophomore Tyler Bray and mid-term freshman Justin Worley, Tennessee is looking for a prospect who brings a different dimension to the quarterback position.

The Vols may have found him in Tyler Cameron, a 6-3, 215-pounder from Jupiter (Fla.) High School. He played just seven games last fall due to injury but says he still "threw for close to 900 yards and ran for close to 500 yards."

Cameron, who has been hand-timed at 4.63 seconds over 40 yards, believes Vol coaches like the mobility he brings to the quarterback position.

"They say what I have is the ability to escape and extend plays," he said this week. "A lot of their quarterbacks are just pure passers, so they really like that in me."

Cameron was noticeably upbeat as he left the Neyland-Thompson Indoor Complex at the conclusion of Wednesday's Tennessee camp.

"It was awesome," he said. "I was out competing with all of the other quarterbacks, being around Coach (Jim) Chaney, Coach (Derek) Dooley and everyone. It was great."

The young prospect was quite impressed with Vol quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw, the guy who worked with him throughout his two-day visit to Knoxville.

"He's awesome," Cameron said. "He's a genuine guy. He's straight-up with you. He's cool. I really got a good feeling about him."

Holding 15 scholarship offers when he showed up in Knoxville, the prospect specifically mentioned Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois, Boston College, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Louisville and Kentucky.

Tennessee was not one of the original 15 but he noted that Vol coaches "said they really like me, to stay in touch and we'll go from there.... If Tennessee offered they'd be high up there ... real high up there."

Based on a "real good" performance at the camp, Cameron figured an offer from the Vols would be forthcoming, adding: "It looks pretty good to me."

He was right. NCAA rules prohibited the Vols from offering while he was on his unofficial visit, but Tennessee extended a scholarship offer shortly after Cameron left the campus. He won't be committing to Tennessee - or anyone else - for the next few weeks, however. He's making a 10-stop tour of universities this month that runs through June 25.

"From here, I'm going to Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest, UNC, South Carolina, then I come home for a three-day team camp at FAU (Florida Atlantic)," he said. "Once that's over, I shoot up to Chicago and do Illinois, Purdue, Michigan State and Michigan.

"I definitely want to take all of the visits. I don't want to regret not looking at a school. I'll probably have a good idea from there."

Cameron is looking for a couple of key attributes in a college.

"A place where I feel comfortable with the coaches is important," he said. "And a place I can live four or five years. That's important."

He seems to have found those things in Knoxville.

"Of the schools I've seen so far," he said, "this is by far one of the nicest places I've been. It's really amazing here."

Asked if he would be interested in returning to Knoxville for an official visit at some point, Cameron nodded.

"If it gets to that point, most likely," he said. "It's hard to beat this place, you know?"

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