Vols Shop QB Market

With four quarterbacks — two freshmen and two juniors — already on the 2006 roster, signal caller wouldn't seem to be a high priority for Tennessee, but the Vols are definitely in the market for the right one.

Phillip Fulmer and staff have already extended five scholarship offers to QB prospects in the Class of 2007, and are taking a close look at several others. Two of those prospects have committed to other schools. The much celebrated and ubiquitous, five-star quarterback Jimmy Clausen recently picked Notre Dame while four-star taskmaster Mike Paulus has selected the North Carolina Tar Heels.

That leaves Tyrod Taylor, a four-star prospect from Hampton, Va., as the top QB on UT's board, but the chase for the 6-2, 185-pound dual threat operator could be a marathon with Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Tennessee still under consideration.

A couple of lesser QB lights, at least in the eyes of scouts, the Vols are pursuing, and have offered, hail from the talent packed state of Texas. They are Joe Chaisson, 6-2, 170, of West Brook High School in Beaumont and G.J. Kinne, 6-3, 207, of Canton High School in Canton.

Chaisson was voted the District 22-5A Most Valuable Player, after passing for 1,646 yards and 13 touchdowns and running for 774 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.

Although Chaisson's name doesn't have the instant recognition afforded to higher profile passing prospects, he has generated plenty of interest, including offers from Baylor, Indiana, Iowa State, LSU, Missouri and the Vols. He has also heard from Miami, Oklahoma and Texas A&M among others.

"The attention has been great," Chassion told HooiserNation.com. "I've already made two trips. I went to A&M's senior day and I went to one of Oklahoma's spring days. I'm going to Miami at the end of the summer and I hope to make it to Tennessee at some point in the summer."

With 4.8 speed, Chaisson isn't exactly a sprinter, but he has mobility in the pocket and makes big plays as well as sound decisions. He can hurt defenses with both his arm and legs.

"I'm an even quarterback," Chaisson said. "I can run it, but I'm not strictly a running quarterback. It's not one or the other. Coaches have told me I'm a playmaker. Doesn't matter if I stay in the pocket or take off with it, I make plays."

Kinne, who has 4.6 speed, can also make plays through the air or on the ground, but is at most home in the pocket where he sees the field well and takes full advantage of his strong, accurate arm.

As a junior, the son of Baylor linebacker coach and former NFL player, Gary Joe Kinne II, posted some incredible numbers, throwing for 3,859 yards and 41 touchdowns and rushing for 847 yards and 15 TDs out of a five-wide, shot-gun formation. He has thrown for nearly 9,000 yards entering his senior season at Canton.

Kinne bench presses 280 pounds and played middle linebacker in addition to safety and quarterback. He could play either side of the ball in college as well, but most schools have him ticketed as a trigger man.

"I was told that if by my junior year I wasn't playing at quarterback, then I could move to defense," he said. "My dad was a college linebacker. He was all-everything as a linebacker at Baylor before going on and playing for the Eagles for a little while. I know that I can play linebacker, but I think my future is at quarterback."

Kinne has been offered by Alabama, Baylor, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Tennessee and is being recruited by both Texas and USC.

The Vols aren't his leader at this point, but they are a strong bet to add another quarterback in the Class of 2007.


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