Quinten Dormady from Boerne, Texas has committed to play for the University of Tennessee.Photo by Photo: Russell Hawkins
The Tennessee Volunteers received a commitment earlier this week from Quinten Dormady, a quarterback from Boerne, Texas.
Dormady is rated the nation's No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the 2015 class by 247Sports.com. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder was a guest Thursday on "Press Row" on Chattanooga's ESPN 105.1 The Zone.
Q: How old were you when you realized the magnitude of football in Texas?
A: "I moved to Texas when I was in middle school, and that's definitely the big thing. Football is huge, and going into seventh grade, I knew that's what I wanted to do. I played football and baseball until this past year, but I knew football was what I wanted to do in college and for my career."
Q: You were offered a scholarship by Tennessee on May 28 and by Alabama on June 3. Considering where Alabama and Tennessee have been in recent seasons, why did you pick Tennessee?
A: "The biggest thing was that I've had a relationship with the Tennessee coaches since January, when they started recruiting me and came down and watched me throw. That was the big thing, and I just felt like that was the fit for me. I wanted to be a part of something that's growing to win an SEC championship and a national championship here in the next few years."
Q: The year before Butch Jones came to Tennessee, he used a dual-threat and a pro-style quarterback at Cincinnati. He's shown that he can adapt to different styles, so was that appealing?
A: "I feel like I can fit in quite a few different systems, so I knew I would be fine in their system. It's a pro-style passing game, but you can put a dual-threat quarterback in there. I'm labeled as a pro-style quarterback and a pocket passer, but that doesn't mean that's all I can do."
Q: Riley Ferguson is leaving the program and Justin Worley will be a senior this year. You could walk into a very manageable depth chart and compete right away. Did that factor into your decision?
A: "It's definitely in the back of my mind, but it wasn't the big reason why I chose Tennessee. Like I said, I really like the coaching staff and have had a pretty long relationship with them. That was the biggest thing."
Q: Did the coaches tell you if they are recruiting another quarterback for the 2015 class?
A: "They got the [Murfreesboro athlete prospect Jauan] Jennings kid committed earlier, and he's a quarterback as well, but I believe I'm going to be the only quarterback in this class."
Q: Peyton Manning signed with Tennessee 20 years ago. Does the fact he played at Tennessee still resonate with recruits?
A: "Absolutely. He's still around and comes and throws with the quarterbacks in the summer and that kind of stuff, which I think is really cool. To have a relationship with a quarterback who played at Tennessee and is an NFL MVP is something I will be looking forward to."
Q: What quarterback have you been compared to the most?
A: "I've heard a couple of names, but I don't think you can compare a high school quarterback to a quarterback who plays in the league. I've heard Tom Brady as far as the pocket-passing game goes, and you want to imitate someone like Peyton because he's so intelligent and knows the game so well, so those are a couple of names."
Q: What is your favorite thing to do away from football?
A: "Just hang out with the family. I'm a family guy. I've got twin sisters and a younger brother, so I am around my family quite a bit. I play pingpong a little bit, but I'm just a big family guy."
Q: You didn't play last year because of a torn labrum. How excited are you to get this decision out of the way so you can focus on your senior year?
A: "That was the plan all along -- to make the decision before my senior year so that I could focus on that. My dad is my head coach, so I can enjoy my last year with him as he coaches me."
Q: How hard of a decision was it to enroll early?
A: "I made the decision last summer, so I took a class during the summer so I could be on track for that. It wasn't a hard decision, because I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a Division I quarterback, and it's huge for the quarterback position to get in there for the spring and start learning the playbook."
Q: Who was your favorite quarterback growing up?
A: "Brett Favre. I'm a huge Packers fan."
Q: What Tennessee paraphernalia do you have so far?
A: "I've got a shirt, and I just ordered a hat. I'm starting my collection, so I'm ordering stuff. I'm getting ready."
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David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...