Brian Brohm Elects To Stay Home

The waiting is over, let the speculation begin.

Brian Brohm ended months of intense anticipation by fans of principle contenders Louisville, Tennessee and Notre Dame today —declaring he'd stay in step with a family tradition by declaring for the Cardinals. In the short term it leaves Tennessee without a top ten quarterback prospect in its 2004 recruiting class, which will impact the Vols final team ranking. But the long term story is much more significant and UT has a commitment from a solid QB candidate in Eric Ainge, 6-foot-6, 205 pounds, 4.8 speed and a rifle right arm. Brohm has more game experience and might adjust quicker his freshman year, but Ainge's upside is outstanding.

Attention will now turn to Brent Schaeffer, 6-3, 195, of Deerfield Beach High School in Fort Lauderdale. Schaeffer was voted player of the year in talent rich south Florida and led his team to the Class-6A state semifinal game. Blessed with 4.45 speed, the southpaw is blindingly mobile and deadly accurate, completing 74 percent of his passes over two seasons in Florida's largest classification. Schaeffer completes his visits this week with a trip to North Carolina State.

Although the loss of a player of Brohm's considerable talents is disappointing to UT faithful, Schaeffer would add a dimension at QB the Vols haven't had since Tee Martin and is a much better complement to Ainge than another pocket passer with similar dimensions and a weaker arm.

Ultimately, it will probably be years before anyone in the Vol Nation knows the significance of Brohm's decision. But that's what makes it so much fun to watch.


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