One of the state's top quarterbacks continues to be on a roll. Barry Brunetti of Memphis University School has had quite a year. Last season the senior led the Owls to an undefeated record on their way to a Div-II state title, finishing the season 13-0.
Brunetti threw for 1,427 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also tied a record in the title game with four touchdown passes in a rout of Brentwood Academy.
But how about them Vols? "I'm hopeful for an offer, Brunetti replied. But I'm just not sure if my game fits their system."
It's true that Kiffin & Co. have made clear their preference for a "true" pocket passer, but when asked if he would consider playing another position for the Vols, the 6'1" 205-pound senior remained steadfast in his desire to remain under center.
When asked if he is leaning towards any team, Brunetti said "I'm still looking at a lot of schools at this point, but Mississippi State, West Virginia, and Penn State are really high up there."
As the lone SEC school in his top three, Mississippi State may prove to be an intriguing choice with Dan Mullen's arrival in Starkville.
Mullen will no doubt look to execute an offensive scheme similar to the one he oversaw during his time as offensive coordinator for the reigning National Champion Florida Gators—a scheme that requires a dual-threat QB.
It is also worth mentioning that Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe—longtime OC under Phil Fulmer—threw his hat in the ring as the first program to officially extend an offer to Brunetti back in January.
Cutcliffe, known for his successful grooming of both Manning brothers, clearly sees something he likes in the young Memphian.
So with the attention he has received from programs willing to keep him at his preferred position, Volunteer fans probably shouldn't expect to see Brunetti running through the "T" at Neyland Stadium any time soon.
InsideTennessee.com will keep you up to date with the latest on Brunetti's recruitment.