Is High the guy?

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Tennessee continues to sift through the lower portion of the bottle neck of quarterbacks in the Class of 2013.

Volunteer coach Derek Dooley, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and the staff want to put another prospect with a high football I.Q. and an accurate throwing arm into their Pro Style offense.

Two of the top targets are off the board in Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) and Ryan Burns (Stanford). However, there are several more prospects without a destination.

InsideTennessee introduced the fan base to one possibility on Tuesday in Heys McMath out of Woodberry Forest (Va.) High School. Another is local product Charlie High from Christian Academy of Knoxville.

Members of Big Orange Country relatively close to the campus are anxious to see another one of their own don the Power T. Warrior offensive lineman Brett Kendrick verbally committed to Tennessee last weekend.

At 6-foot-0 1/2, 175 pounds, the right-hander is inches shorter than what Tennessee typical targets. However, High is getting his chance to show his ability on The Hill this week and an offer could be on the horizon.

"Whether or not we win or lose is dependent upon the decisions he makes."

CAK's Rusty Bradley on High

"He's unbelievably competitive," CAK coach Rusty Bradley told InsideTennessee. "In order to play quarterback in our offensive system, you have to crave the ball in your hand in pressure situations. We're not just calling the play and throwing it to somebody that's a specific receiver. You've got to read the defense. Charlie does an absolutely amazing job of understanding our system and craving the ball in his hand.

"Whether or not we win or lose is dependent upon the decisions he makes. He's just very accurate, competitive. He's the whole package."

Bradley was a graduate assistant for a total of five years at varying schools, including Colorado. That experience allows a base of knowledge to develop a nearly unstoppable attack as the head man describes his offense.

"It's a fast break on grass," Bradley said. "It's a spread formation so it's a West Coast offense where it's all timing based. We're trying to create fast breaks against the defense and beat the defense with spacing and get the ball out on time.

"It's more of what you see in the NFL where it's all triangle concepts, just trying to create mismatches against the defense."

High, who notes he's worked alongside many of his teammates since middle school, guided Bradley's team to the ultimate goal in 2011 — a state championship.

The Warriors won three of their five TSSAA Class 3A state playoff games by 20 or more points, including a 49-14 victory over Milan last December.

"I'm just so proud of our guys because they play with a passion and emotion that is hard to explain," Bradley said.

High was on target that night, completing 32 of 41 passes for 476 yard with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. The Warriors converted on 6 of 10 third downs and both attempts on fourth down.

He finished the season with 5,191 passing yards and 65 touchdowns, completing 357 of 484 attempts, en route to earning Class AA Mr. Football Back of the Year honors.

Charlie High

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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