UT's in the Chase

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When you're 6-feet-6, cover 40 yards in 4.68 seconds and are equally adept running a Spread or a pro-style offense, you get a lot of attention from major college football programs.

Just ask Chase Litton, who is getting a lot of attention from BCS schools. One, 2011 BCS runnerup LSU, already offered a scholarship. Several more, including Tennessee, are in the chase for Chase.

Here's what FOX Sports NEXT national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg had to say about Litton following the Sling & Shoot in Tampa earlier this month:

"Tampa Wharton junior quarterback Chase Litton made some impressive throws on Sunday, showing he has a chance to be one of the top signal callers from the Sunshine State next season in the class of 2014. Litton, 6-foot-5 and 205-pounds, has a strong arm and a pretty quick release for a taller quarterback. He recently visited Vandy, Tennessee and Georgia. He camped this summer with the Vols and Bulls. LSU and Miami are also showing strong interest."

Litton attended Tennessee's recent high school camp and was most impressed.

"Beautiful campus," he told InsideTennessee. "Coaching staff is very good. The athletes here are tremendous and the facilities are second to none."

Litton got his heart racing with some drill work inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex, then got Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney's heart racing with some fancy passing at Neyland Stadium.

Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney kept a close eye on Litton during July's camp.
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"Inside, they were getting our cardio up, just running around," Litton noted. "When we went outside, we started throwing. We worked 7 on 7 and 1 on 1, then Coach Chaney had us throwing 30-40 minutes after, just to get the timing down."

Chaney's offense is very passer-friendly, producing such notable quarterbacks as Drew Brees and Kyle Orton. Litton hasn't paid much attention to Chaney's Tennessee attack to date.

"Not much," he said, "but I'm definitely going to focus on it a lot more, try to get the ins and outs down."

Litton, who will be a junior this fall, believes his skill set will translate well to the college game.

"I believe my strengths would have to be my footwork, my timing and my accuracy," he said. "I think if I can get the arm strength down, I think I can be a great player."

Like many prospects, Litton is looking for a college that feels like home.

"Coaches I can call friends, that I can sit and talk to about everything ... players I can call brothers," he said. "An atmosphere I would love to play in every Saturday."

Litton should be a hot commodity by the time he's a high school senior. Not many prep QBs can say they have experience directing both Spread and pro-style attacks. Asked which he likes best, he shrugged.

"Pro ... Spread, either or," he said. "My high school team plays both, actually. We have a lot of under-center (plays), then hurry up and play the Spread. We'll confuse defenses like that."

Asked to describe his game, Litton replied: "A great quarterback who is going to get the ball in the athletes' hands and let them make plays. I'm not going to force things. I'm going to get them the ball and know they can make a play."

For such a tall guy he runs surprisingly well.

"Yes, I've got a little bit of wheels," he said during the Tennessee camp. "I ran a 4.68."

Litton knows that his lanky frame is a key attribute as he stands in the pocket scanning the field for open receivers.

"It helps my vision and footwork," he said. "Being so tall, I can overstride and still be at eye level, so I can still hit the receivers I need to hit. You have 6-6 and 6-8 offensive linemen in college, so it's a tremendous help being tall."

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