According to a report from 247Sports, the Tennessee Vols have added former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Kasim Hill to their roster.
Hill, who will have to sit out the 2019 season due to transfer rules, started 10 games for the Terrapins last season before a torn ACL ended his season.
A native of Washington D.C., Hill was rated as the No. 10 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class. The former four-star recruit signed with Maryland over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Vanderbilt, among several others.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Hill is joining the program as a walk on.
The addition of Hill is certainly an interesting decision by Jeremy Pruitt and the Vols.
Hill has suffered two torn ACL’s in the last two seasons. And he completed only 49.4 percent of his passes last season. It seems obvious that bringing Hill in is a move designed to improve Tennessee’s quarterback depth.
The Vols will enter the 2020 season with plenty of depth. Jarrett Guarantano will be a redshirt senior. JT Shrout will be a redshirt sophomore and Brian Maurer will be either a sophomore or a redshirt freshman. Plus there’s UT commit Harrison Bailey, who will arrive at some point next year.
Of course, that’s the depth that Tennessee is planning on having. It’s not necessarily the depth the Vols will have.
Shrout, Maurer and Bailey are three talented quarterbacks that each want to play. But not all of them are going to play at Tennessee.
And we’ve seen in recent years what happens when highly touted quarterbacks don’t play.
I’d be shocked if Shrout, Maurer and Bailey all finish their careers at Tennessee. It’s just not something that happens these days.
Pruitt seems to be guarding against a potential transfers by adding Hill.
Because let’s be honest — no one is going to expect Hill to compete for a starting job at UT. Not saying he can’t get healthy and live up to his four-star potential, but that’s definitely not the expectation.
I think it’s a smart move by Pruitt to add Hill as depth insurance. Pruitt and his staff know the ins-and-outs of building a roster. And it’s clear they’re building Tennessee’s roster the right way.
Vols fans obviously hope the program won’t need the added quarterback depth, but it’s undoubtedly a nice thing to have.
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