JT Shrout must have been feeling pretty solid about his position about a week away from the early signing period. Shrout, a California native, had been committed to the Cal Golden Bears since June before December 13 rolled around. Then, Jeremy Pruitt offered him a scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.
Two days later, Shrout was in Knoxville, his last official visit before the signing period. He called it an “outstanding” experience, decommited from Cal yesterday, the day before the signing period began, and signed with the Vols today.
Talk about a turnaround.
That comes on the heels of former Vol commit Adrian Martinez flipping to Nebraska, leaving Tennessee with no quarterbacks commitments in the class of 2018 at the time. Now, the Vols get 3-star prospect Shrout, the No. 26 pro-style quarterback in the country, according to 247sports.com, who fills a huge gap in the class.
It doesn’t take long to realize that JT Shrout loves the deep ball. So does his offensive coordinator and coach, sure, but that’s where Shrout finds much of his success, especially most of his highlights. One of his better qualities is his awareness in the pocket and his ability to create plays. Whether it’s scrambling, moving out of the pocket to bide time for his receivers, or simply taking a step or two to give himself more space.
As long as Shrout is set, he throws an accurate and powerful ball that’s usually on the money. Another thing Vol fans will like is that the California native loves to give his guys a chance. If it’s a one-on-one matchup and he thinks it can get it in his receiver’s vicinity, he’s probably going to try. As a runner, Shrout takes long strides and covers a good chunk of distance in a hurry. He isn’t fast, but he isn’t stuck in the pocket, and he’s got real potential as he develops under Tyson Helton.