Bajakian extends grant to Sunshine State QB

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The spring evaluation period is as or more valuable for coaches issuing scholarship offers to quarterbacks than any other position.

Few programs are completely comfortable with issuing offers to signal-callers without having seen them throw a football in some capacity in person.

Three weeks ago, Tennessee offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian made his way 705 miles south to Palmetto, Fla., to see a 6-foot-5, 190-pound sophomore quarterback show off his skills.

Earlier Monday, that time seeing Jack Allison sling the rock turned into a Volunteers offer.

"I was pretty excited because it was a pretty big offer to be honest," Allison told InsideTennessee. "I was very humbled by it. I really like that program. It made me pretty happy."

Allison said he has been calling Bajakian the last two weeks.

"I called (Bajakian) today at 3 before practice, and he told me that they offered me," said Allison, who expects a return trip to the Tampa area from Bajakian later this month.

"I kind of thought it was coming this past week or so."

The conversations with the Vols play-caller rarely center around the gridiron.

"We don't really talk much about football or anything," Allison said. "He's gotten to know me more as a person, but he just likes the way the ball explodes out of my hand — that's what he said.

"We talk a lot about what I do on the weekend and stuff like that. That makes it more comfortable with a school because I know what kind of dude he is. I really like him; he's a good dude."

Allison says it's not just his right arm that makes him attractive to college coaches.

"Smart. I know a lot about the X's and O's of the game and just accuracy is my big thing. A lot of people say that I look like Tom Brady," the sophomore said.

In spite of comparisons to the future NFL Hall of Fame field general, Allison is working on blazing his own path: "I'm just trying to be the best Jack Allison."

The Palmetto High standout says he didn't grow up a fan of any school in particular.

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"No sir, I'm just a fan of whatever school is going to save my parents money."

A trip up to Rocky Top from the Sunshine State should come in just over a month.

"I'm going to the quarterback camp June 7," Allison said. "It's really exciting because it's the biggest one I've been like…I'm very excited."

Other camps he expects to attend are Baylor, Georgia and Miami (Fla.). South Florida is Allison's other scholarship offer.

Spring football practice is just now getting underway for the Tigers. Their spring scrimmage game is on May 23.

In 2013, Palmetto fell in the opening round of the FHSAA Class 7A state playoffs to East Lake and five-star junior wide receiver George Campbell 13-12. Allison threw touchdown passes for both of the Tigers' scores. However, a blocked extra point and a missed extra point proved to be the difference.

The expectation is to bring home a rather large trophy at the conclusion of his junior season.

"I'm going to win a state championship this year," Allison said.

Dwyer High School, which is where current Vols Malik Brown and Curt Maggitt played, enters the season as the defending 7A champ.

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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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