For the Tennessee Vols to reach an elite level, they’re going to need an elite quarterback.
Jarrett Guarantano helped the Vols rescue their season in 2019, but he’s not the guy that’s going to lead Tennessee to 10 wins in 2020.
But because of Guarantano’s experience, there’s a reasonable chance that he begins the 2020 season as the Vols’ starting quarterback.
How long, though, will he last as the starter?
According to Rivals national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons, it won’t be for long.
Simmons believes that five-star early enrollee Harrison Bailey will be leading the Vols’ by midseason.
In fact, Simmons says that Bailey is “already the most talented quarterback in Knoxville”.
It’s probably unwise to anoint Bailey as the savior of Tennessee football before he’s even practiced.
But if Bailey is as advertised, then I think there’s a legitimate chance he could actually enter the 2020 season as the Vols’ starting quarterback.
Enrolling early and going through spring practice will give Bailey a big advantage. He’ll still have a lot of work to do to close the gap between him and Guarantano (because of experience), but I don’t think it’s absurd to think that Bailey could win the job this fall.
Bailey has the physical tools and he seemingly has the mental tools (poise and leadership) to excel as a freshman.
We never know exactly how a player will adjust to the college game. But if Bailey can successfully make the adjustment, his potential is limitless.
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