One of the top prospects for the Class of 2010 from the Volunteer State will be Barry Brunetti. Brunetti, 6-2 and 210 pounds, is a rock solid quarterback prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) University School.
Last season as a sophomore he shared time at quarterback with Blair Wright. Wright signed with Ole Miss to play baseball so now the job is all his.
"My sophomore year was a learning experience," Brunetti said. "I watched and learned knowing I would be a starter as a junior. It really helped me out a lot. This year should be much easier for me."
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Last season Brunetti rushed for over 500 yards and nine touchdowns. He passed for 420 yards and three scores.
"Last year I was more of a runner. This year it's throw first but I can run. I really believe that I am a great runner and I love it a lot. This season I will throw it a lot more."
At the recent Hoover (Ala.) 7-on-7 last month Brunetti was one of the most impressive players at the event. He has terrific arm strength and also threw with nice touch. What impressed me the most was his ability to put the ball through tough, small windows. Brunetti can throw it deep and was impressive with the intermediate and short routes as well.
This summer he also camped at two schools, Illinois and Memphis. He walked away with two great experiences.
"I loved Illinois. They have a nice campus. I like their system and I love coach (Mike) Locksley. I know if you work hard in that system you can make it. Illinois is on the rise. They made it to the Rose Bowl. Ron Zook has really turned them around.
"I love the Memphis quarterback coach. He's a cool guy. I had a good camp and I also I work out with them. Memphis loves to air it out and they have some good receivers."
In addition to the attention he has received from Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Oregon are some of the schools that are showing him interest at this time. There is one school out there that he hopes show interest as well.
"I grew up a Gator fan and I love that offense. But I started to really like them when they had Chris Leak and Ron Zook. That offense was good and I liked the way they aired it out and the players they had. I am really hoping they recruit me.
"The bottom line is that I know I need to put up big stats my junior season and I hope they come calling."
Right now Brunetti is open with no leaders in recruiting and he's just excited to be the starter and start his junior season.
"I want to win a state title, go undefeated, and put up some big numbers. I know this is an important year for me and it starts with Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose this weekend.