For months now it has been speculated that Waynesville (N.C.) Tuscola quarterback Jonathan Crompton would commit to the Tennessee Volunteers. Today at a press conference at his school, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder ended all the talk.
“I knew pretty early on that Tennessee was where I wanted to be,” Crompton said at his press conference as reported by Rob Lewis at Volquest.com. “It’s really pretty hard to explain my feelings for the place, but I guess it just boils down to how comfortable I feel with the coaches and everything there.”
Crompton, who threw for 2,323 yards and 23 scores as a junior, visited many schools before making his decision, a decision many expected to hear about in February.
“I’ve seen a lot of schools and talked to a ton of coaches, so I think I have plenty of information to make a decision,” Crompton said. “Tennessee has always just felt right. I’m relieved to get this out of the way and be able to focus on my senior season. That’s the main reason I’m committing now.”
Crompton chose the Vols over many different offers include those from programs like Georgia, Virginia, Miami, LSU, Clemson, North Carolina, Southern Cal and others. He is ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation and is No. 63 overall on the Rivals100.
Crompton was a standout at the NIKE Camp in Atlanta and has already been chosen to the EA Sports Elite 11 Team. He has been compared to former Vol quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Heath Shuler.
Crompton joins LaMarcus Coker and Marsalous Johnson to become the third verbal commitment of Tennessee’s 2005 recruiting class.