Butch Jones doesn’t have trouble luring high profile quarterbacks to Knoxville.
The third-year Tennessee head coach already secured pledges from Scout four-star prospects Jarrett Guarantano and Hunter Johnson, but he’s not done searching for more. Tennessee is still courting Scout five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2018 and a coveted target sought by some of the most prestigious programs in the country.
Lawrence already boasts offers from Georgia, LSU, Clemson and Ole Miss, among others, and will continue collecting scholarship invitations while he flashes his deep skill set at Cartersville (Ga.) High School.
The sophomore was in attendance for the Vols’ double overtime loss to Oklahoma Sept. 17, telling InsideTennessee via text message he enjoyed the electric atmosphere circulating throughout Neyland Stadium.
The top underclassman performer at the Atlanta MVP Camp in June also liked what he saw from the Vols’ offense, noting that — while it’s not an exclusively pro set scheme — he still could see himself fitting into offensive coordinator Mike DeBord’s system.
The 6-foot-6, 186-pound prospect informed Scout earlier in September about his possible visits for the fall, including potential trips to Clemson, Georgia and Alabama, along with the possibility of coming to Tennessee’s tilt with UGA Oct. 10.
“Trevor’s different because you really hear people in this game talking about that ‘it factor.’ He’s got the ‘it factor',” Cartersville head coach Joey King told Scout this summer. “He’s got the ability to see the whole field, to throw people open and just what he understands at his age about the game of football is just really, really impressive.”
Already this season Lawrence has thrown for 707 yards and eight touchdowns to just one interception in 74 attempts for his Cartersville team, building a 3-0 record in Georgia’s Class 4A Region 7.
The young player who grew up admiring Peyton Manning boasts a maturity and poise in the pocket that has helped him garner over a dozen offers so far with many surely still to come.
“[Tennessee]'s what my family likes so I’ve always rooted for them,” Lawrence told Scout’s Chad Simmons in June about Tennessee. “I like Peyton Manning … It’s a good atmosphere. They’ve got some good fans.”
The Vols’ coaching staff is hoping their budding relationship with the quarterback and his early interest in Tennessee will culminate in an offer, but until Lawrence makes a decision, he’ll continue visiting schools and weighing his options.
“Trevor Lawrence is a special football player because he leads our team effectively,” King said. “He’s got a special skill set that is really, really high. His potential for growth is still unbelievably large, but what he’s done with what he has right now is very impressive at an early age.”