Brohm announces Tuesday

Blue-chip quarterback Brian Brohm has scheduled a news conference Tuesday to announce his college choice, and there are strong indications that it will be Tennessee.

The news conference is set for 3 p.m. at Louisville's Trinity High School.

Since Brohm is a hometown guy and his older brother is an aide on the University of Louisville football staff, the Cardinals have long been considered the favorite for Brian's services. However, sources close to the situation are now suggesting that Tennessee is the frontrunner as the Brohm Derby heads down the home stretch.

Although Kentucky and Notre Dame are also finalists, Brohm's decision is believed to be a two-school affair between U of L and Tennessee.

Tennessee's need for a young quarterback is well documented. After four years with Casey Clausen as the starter, the Vols must break in a new signal-caller in 2004. The candidates are not an imposing group -- rising senior C.J. Leak (who has just one career start at UT and attemped just 8 passes last fall), rising junior Rick Clausen (a transfer from LSU who sat out the 2003 season), rising junior James Banks (who spent all of 2003 at wide receiver), rising sophomore Jim Bob Cooter (a walk-on who did not attempt a pass last fall) and redshirt freshman Bo Hardegree.

The Vols have one prep quarterback already committed -- Erik Ainge of Hillsboro, Ore. -- and appear to have an excellent shot at Brent Schaeffer of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

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