Talks with Tiano, Tennessee coach continue

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Conversations are ongoing. The process may not yield a trigger pull until after the spring evaluation period.

Scholarship offers for quarterbacks don't come as easy as they do for other positions. Most programs plan to take absolutely no more than two in one recruiting class. Oftentimes blue-chippers have to come off the board before others see a spot open up.

Even though Nick Tiano doesn't have a scholarship offer from Tennessee, talks between he and Volunteers coach Butch Jones are ongoing. The pair sat down for 4-5 minutes at a junior day on The Hill last weekend.

"We're definitely comfortable with each other," Tiano said of Jones. "He wants me to come back up next weekend. I'm going to call him…and see what he has to say and we'll probably be back up here next weekend.

"I've been talking with him about once a week for awhile now. So, we'll see if he's ready to take the next step or what."

The junior quarterback from Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., joined busloads of fellow recruits for the Tennessee education on Saturday.

"It was just more one-on-one time with the coaches, which is nice," Tiano said.

What's a factor in the recruitment of several prospects to Tennessee is one of the major reasons why Tiano has interest in becoming a Volunteer.

"I like the idea of playing in front of the home fans, the home state crowd of 100,000 people. That's real cool," he said.

The lone scholarship to this point is via the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes.

"It was great," Tiano said of the Miami option. "It was exciting coming from a program like that. I'm going to visit there March 22. So, I'm excited about that."

With a program like Miami stepping up already, it's gotten staffs at other schools like Mississippi State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Tennessee turning up their interest level a notch.

"For sure, for sure. A lot of schools are coming in now and getting serious quickly," the signal-caller said. "So, I'm just going to go on some visits and we'll see what happens."

The junior day on Rocky Top comes on the heels of a junior day at West Virginia, which was extra special for the Scenic City resident because he is a fan of the Mountaineers.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has tentative plans to also see Mississippi State, North Carolina and Ole Miss soon.

Tiano competed at both the U.S. Army Combine and the Elite 11 back in early January.

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