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June 8, 2014

2016 QBs show promise at UT Elite camp

Class of 2016 quarterback Josh White from Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., came to camp on Saturday at Rocky Top with just one offer in his back pocket.

The 6-foot-4, 221-pound White has yet to play a down of varsity football, but this didn't stop Mississippi State from giving him his first offer. White played behind Parker McLeod his freshman year (Alabama) and Price Wilson (Louisiana Tech) his sophomore year. White says plenty of schools are talking to him and want him to come to camp before they give him an offer, but says he loves Mississippi State.

When asked about his experience at Tennessee's Elite camp on Saturday, White responded with "I really liked it. I really just came to start building my relationship with (Vols offensive coordinator Mike) Bajakian. I really wanted to see how he coached and how he interacts with his quarterbacks. It was a very positive experience, I really liked him. He was very positive towards me, and I learned a lot from him about my feet and and the timing with my throws. It was a great visit and also a great camp"

Class of '16 quarterback Brandon Peters made the trip Saturday from Avon, Ind., to check out the Vols and show his talents to the coaching staff. Despite not picking up any offers, the 6-4, 195-pound quarterback for Avon High School has heard from several FBS schools. The schools he mentioned as generating the most communication were Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Cincinnati, and Indiana. He has already visited Kentucky and Tennessee but also plans to visit the rest of the schools showing significant interest this summer. Peters says that Indiana is currently his favorite school but is going to keep his options open and keep working to pick up offers.

JaVaughn Craig, class of '16 dual-threat quarterback of McCallie School in Chattanooga, has been eying the Vols for a really long time, and with a productive 2013 football season the Vols are paying him some attention. Craig says the he has heard from Florida, Tennessee, Duke, and Clemson.

"I'm excited to come back and compete and get better with my team," said Craig, an emergency starter at quarterback last season for the powerhouse McCallie program who's seen his college prospects steadily rise in the months following that campaign.

Craig will be visiting Florida later in the summer. The Gators have been in contact with Craig for a few weeks now and he wants to go down and meet their staff in person. Craig will be coming back to Knoxville on Thursday with his high school for a team camp.

Local talent also attended camp on Saturday to learn new things and to show the coaching staff their skills. 2015 quarterback Connor Boynton from Bledsoe County High School made the trip to Knoxville on Saturday to improve on his skills. Boynton said he was excited to come out and get better and felt that he learned a lot from the camp. Boynton also will continue to camp this summer to grow his skills and, he said, in hopes of picking up some offers.

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