The Tennessee Vols are in excellent shape when it comes to the quarterback position.

Tennessee has Hendon Hooker, a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, in place this season as the program’s starting quarterback. Then they have a physically gifted backup in Joe Milton (just needs to work on the accuracy), a potential starter in 2023 in true freshman Tayven Jackson, and a future star in 2023 five-star commit Nico Iamaleava.

It’s hard to ask for much more than that if you’re a Vols fan (especially after watching UT live in quarterback purgatory for the four seasons before Josh Heupel arrived on Rocky Top).

But anyone who follows college football closely knows that a program always has to be looking years ahead at the quarterback position. There’s essentially never a moment when a program isn’t pursuing a quarterback recruit.

The Vols, in fact, are already eyeing the successor to Iamaleava.

Tennessee is pursuing 2025 quarterback Tavien St. Clair, a Bellefontaine, OH who hasn’t been rated yet by the major recruiting services.

St. Clair, 6-foot-3/190 lbs, received an offer from Tennessee earlier this week. The offer from the Vols is St. Clair’s first SEC offer. His only other reported offer is from Central Michigan, which also came this week.

The Ohio native is planning to visit Tennessee on June 1.

“I know that they have a new staff and I know that Heupel’s offense is one of the best in the country,” said St. Clair to 247Sports this week.

While St. Clair hasn’t been rated yet by the recruiting services, he has the looks of a quarterback that will be at least a four-star prospect. His baseball background (he’s also receiving interest from college baseball programs) should be viewed as a plus by college football programs.

Quarterbacks with baseball backgrounds — like Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson — are known for being able to make off schedule throws from various arm slots. That’s an added bonus in Heupel’s up-tempo offense.

There’s obviously a long way to go in St. Clair’s recruitment, but the fact that Tennessee is recruiting the talented quarterback this early should give the Vols are good shot at winning this recruiting battle.

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