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The Rancho Verde High Schol senior prom takes place at the Anaheim Hills Clubhouse on April 11.

Sheriron Jones figures to be in attendance, decked out in show-stopping attire.

Once the turn table gets boxed up and the disco ball is lowered, Jones will have just 148 days between that moment in time and when he strides out of the tunnel for Tennessee in the Volunteers’ 2015 season opener against Bowling Green in Nashville.

On Sunday, Nathan Peterman decided to transfer from Tennessee to Pittsburgh for his final two seasons of eligibility. The former Scout three-star earned his communications degree in December. He will be reunited with the offensive coordinator that recruited him to Knoxville, Jim Chaney. Ironically, Peterman will compete with Volunteer State native Chad Voytik as the Panthers’ starter.

After redshirting in 2012, Peterman played in 11 games (one start) over the last two seasons with no touchdown passes and two interceptions. The Fruit Grove, Florida, native also ran the ball 15 times for a net of 7 yards with a touchdown.

With Peterman’s exit, Joshua Dobbs is Tennessee’s only returning scholarship quarterback. That means Jones could be one snap away from having to take control of coach Butch Jones’ offense. The hopes, dreams and aspirations would be snapped back to the teenager on every play on the Vols have the football.

“Well, it don’t excite me because I don’t want Josh to get hurt,” said Jones, who rates by Scout as a four-star prospect and the No. 18-rated quarterback in the 2015 class. “That’s my dog. I hope it doesn’t happen to him. I hope everything ends well for him. But, if it were to happen, then of course I’d be excited. I’d be playing in front of 102,455. I think it would be pretty fun.”

The back-up quarterback job in Knoxville isn’t going to be handed to Jones. In fact, his competition is already on campus as four-star Quinten Dormady and the multi-talented Jauan Jennings enrolled the first week of January.

Jennings is a Murfreesboro product that Scout sees as a four-star safety prospect. The right-hander’s raw skills could make him a playmaker at signal-caller. However, Jennings needs time to develop.

Dormady has a much greater familiarity of the Tennessee offense than his fellow freshman, running a spread and up-tempo attack at Boerne High School in Texas. The hold-up with Dormady is his right throwing shoulder that has already sustained a pair of surgeries.

Dormady showed no ill-effects from the more prominent of those two incisions, throwing for 2,893 yards with 32 touchdowns last fall.

Prom or not, one of Tennessee’s teenage field generals better be able to dance Game 1 this fall.

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