Over the next few weeks we at InsideTennessee.com will take a look at the top prospects at each position in this special Hot Board Feature. This is by no means the official list of the Tennessee Volunteers, but our experts takes on how the positions break down.
We begin our series with the quarterback position.
With only two scholarship signal callers on the roster, look for Lane Kiffin and staff to sign at least two quarterbacks in the 2010 recruiting class. Of course there a couple of factors that could change this. One would be if Robert Marve transfers to Rocky Top and how Mike Rozier performs this fall. Rozier has been out of football for a while, playing professional baseball.
Currently there are four major offers that have been extended at the signal caller position.
We will list each prospect and give our take on the Volunteers chances of committing and signing with the University of Tennessee.
Starting out with the quarterbacks holding official offers.
Scout.com No. 1 signal caller Jake Heaps has an offer from the Vols and it appears that Tennessee is in his top three teams. Heaps, who resides outside of Seattle Washington, has narrowed his choices to Washington, BYU, Tennessee, LSU and California. It appears that it's down to three with BYU leading Washington and Tennessee. The big question is will he follow his heart or stay at home. The long shot would be if headed East to Rocky Top. My take is he is headed to BYU. I give Tennessee a 30 percent chance. James Newman (NYC) gives Tennessee a 20 percent chance.
Heaps is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete who has put up incredible numbers the last two seasons. 2-year totals: 405-648 (.625) for 6104 yards and 69 TD's, 11 Int's, 21 Rushing TD's.
California athlete Jesse Scroggins stock is on the rise. Five schools stand out for Scroggins, those include Tennessee, Washington, Nebraska, LSU and Arizona State. The one school that could shake things up is USC, if they offer they could be the team to beat for the Lakeland California star. My take Scroggins will camp at Tennessee and if he enjoys his time at Rocky Top he will become a Vol. I will say 85% chance, with USC being the wild card here. Newman's says 75%.
As a junior at Lakewood (Calif.), Scroggins led the Lancers to a 10-3 record and the CIF-SS Pac-5 semifinals, having completed 57% of his passes for 2,462 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The next quarterback is high on the Volunteer wish list. Andrew Hendrix of Ohio got the offer a couple of weeks ago from Lane Kiffin. Two things could keep Hendrix from becoming a Vol. A Ohio State offer or the thought of another top flight QB committing in Scroggins. My take is that Hendrix will become a Volunteer. I say 77 % chance. Ohio State being the wide card here if they offer. Newman's gives Hendrix a 70% chance of going to UT.
Hendrix might play baseball in college but will definitely be playing on the gridiron at the next level. He emerged as Moeller's quarterback during the past season and threw for 1,700 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
This next one is going to be interesting. Munchie Legaux out of New Orleans has an offer. The question is, is the offer only for quarterback or as an athlete. The duel threat signal caller is very talented, if he has a great camp and shows he can compete with the quarterbacks at the Vols camp then this will become very interesting. My take is that Munchie already wants to be a Vol, 99 % if the Vols want him as a QB only. Newman (NYC) take is 90%.
Quarterbacks who could get an offer include Steve Kaiser from St. Louis- My take 95 percent if offered, Newman-Not sure.
Bo Wallace from Giles County High School- our take both at 99.9 percent.
Zach Lee of McKinney High School in Texas- My take 50 %, Newman's take 35%.