Barry Brunetti is the top rated dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Brunetti, 6-0 and 212 pounds, is from Memphis (Tenn.) University School and things are started to shake out. Earlier this week he camped at Tennessee and walked away with (quarterback) MVP honors.
"Tennessee was good," Brunetti said. "It was great winning the MVP award. I had a lot of fun. There was very good competition there. It was like a Nike camp with all the talent there."
Something else that Brunetti was impressed with was the Tennessee coaching staff. He likes were they have been and their passion for the game.
"Coach (Jim) Chaney and (David) Reaves are intense. I really like the fact that Chaney has worked with (Dre) Brees and he has experience."
Brunetti now has scholarship offers from West Virginia, Mississippi State, Penn State, Duke, Marshall, Tulsa, Purdue and Memphis. Will Tennessee be the next to offer?
"I hear they are very close to offering. I talked with coach O (Ed Orgeron). That would be awesome. They would be right up there because Tennessee is a great option with the three others (West Virginia, Penn State, and Mississippi State).
Camping in Knoxville made all the difference in the world for Brunetti with the Volunteer staff. He went from being on the bottom of their quarterback board to be at the top.
"I showed them I can be a pro-style guy. I have good footwork and it has also really improved. I can make my drops and I have a really good arm. Playing in person in front of them really helped me out."
Brunetti will have somewhat of a busy two weeks. This weekend he will camp at both Mississippi State (Saturday) and Ole Miss (Sunday). The following weekend he will make an unofficial visit to both Penn State (Saturday) and West Virginia (Sunday). Things could et much clearer for Brunetti after those visits and if the Vols offer.
"I think the Penn State and West Virginia trips will be my last ones this summer. I want to get ready for next season and we are playing in a lot of seven on seven events this summer."