When Joshua Dobbs walks off the field at Nissan Stadium on the early evening of Dec. 30, his 35 starts as Tennessee’s quarterback go with him.
Butch Jones and the Vols coaches want as many viable options as possible to fill that void.
Dresser Winn is the Volunteer State’s most talented passer in the 2017 class and has 13 scholarship offers, including a majority of the Ohio Valley Conference and consistent communication from Indiana, Memphis and Miami (Ohio).
“I’m very high on those schools,” Winn told InsideTennessee. “I’m just going to take my time and make a good decision.
“There are schools recruiting me harder, but I’m not leaning toward anybody. I really want to go to Memphis, but I’m just going to take whatever I can get and just go make the best of it.”
College coaches have been saying “that I can do everything pretty much — run, pass and my decision making over the last year has gotten a whole lot better. I think it puts a team in the good situation to have that. I think I’ll be successful somewhere wherever I go.”
The Vols staff accepted the commitment of Scout three-star quarterback prospect Will McBride last week and is set to enroll in classes in Knoxville in January. That may take the lone scholarship available at Winn’s position in the 2017 cycle. The Dresden native isn’t keen on accepting a walk-on spot.
“No sir, I have not at all,” Winn said. “I want to get my college paid for, make my parents happy and just make the best out of whatever college situation I’m in.”
The signal-caller led Dresden to an undefeated season and the TSSAA Class A state championship with a 62-27 win over Greenback in Cookeville on Dec. 2. In the final, Winn was 15-of-23 passing for 245 yards with five touchdowns. He also carried the football 14 times for 58 yards and another TD.
“The scoreboard shows how hard we’ve worked and I’m thankful for it,” Winn said.
“We were happy to be here, but we didn’t come to lose. We were just going to make the best of it and that’s what happened.”
Winn is also a talent on the baseball diamond for Dresden, but he competing on the gridiron has his heart.
“I really love football and always have,” Winn said. “I never loved it as much as I have until this year. I’m never going to get tired of practicing. I’ve grown to love it. I mean I love baseball, too, so playing both could always be an option at any school.”