Vols Offer California QB

If you run a west coast offense it stands to reason you'd want to sign a west coast quarterback to direct it, and Dave Clawson may have just found his man in Upland, Calif.

Tennessee's offensive coordinator made a pitch to four-star talent Josh Nunes on Wednesday that was very well received. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound, signal caller is ranked No. 20 at his position and is a member of Scout.com's top 300 at No. 182. Blessed with plus arm strength, serviceable 4.85 speed and a ton of intangibles, Nunes has 17 offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, California, Hawaii, Louisville, New Mexico, San Diego State, SMU, Stanford, Utah, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Even though the Vols were No. 17 in the order of offers, Nunes doesn't appear to be put off by the placement, and he is looking forward to seeing Clawson at Upland High School next week

. "I talked to Tennessee on the phone today during my PE class with Coach Clawson," Nunes told Scout.com's West Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman. "It was a real positive and upbeat conversation and he offered me. He let me know that they didn't want to wait to get an offer out to me and wanted to make it official before he gets out to my school next week.

"It was a real honor to be able to receive an offer from such a powerhouse organization with such a great history at quarterback. I'm excited to get to know the staff better and be able to have such a great option like Tennessee."

Nunes is a great option for Tennessee, which has no outstanding offers to any other quarterback in the Class of 2009. Ditto for Nunes, who dropped one of his former favorites, Cal, last week after the Bears received a commitment from QB prospect Allen Bridgford.

"They're definitely going to be at the top of my list as I begin to narrow down my choices by the end of this May," Nunes said of Tennessee. "This made losing Cal as one of my top five a pretty easy pill to swallow."

As a junior Nunes connected on 124-of-216 passes (57.4 completion percentage with 14 touchdowns vs. only five interceptions to garner the Baseline League Co-MVP honors. He was chosen as an All-State underclassman after a sophomore season in which he threw for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for seven scores.

In many respects Nunes is a classic pocket passer with the arm strength to throw the deep out routes from the far hash mark. He needs to polish his release, but he reads defenses well and makes great decisions. He's also a proven leader with a reputation for toughness.

Nunes, who reports a 4.5 honors GPA and a 1900 SAT score, plans to announce his five favorites on May 27, the Tuesday after Memorial Day. He plans to make to go public with his school of choice soon after with the goal of bringing the recruiting process to a quick conclusion so he'll have the summer free to concentrate on his senior season.

The competition is very tough and the distance is far, but the timing couldn't be better for Tennessee.

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