Vols looking to add record-holding QB

Charlie High

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Charlie High is not only one of the most decorated quarterbacks to ever play his high school football in the Volunteer State, but he's also posted numbers that have him as one of the country's most accurate of all time.

His completing 74.4 percent of his passes over the course of his career (minimum of 600 attempts) while at Christian Academy of Knoxville is a national record. He also set the mark for highest completion rate for one season after connecting on 76.2 percent of attempts (378 of 496) his past fall.

Multiple sources confirmed to InsideTennessee on Monday evening that the numerous-accolade-holding High has been offered the opportunity as an invited walk-on at Tennessee and he is likely to accept the roster spot.

So, unless a more appealing option with a scholarship attached becomes available, the Volunteers and offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian will be handed a highly-skilled field general.

High's honors include the following: TSSAA Class 3A state champion (2011, 2012), Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State (2011, 2012), Class AA Mr. Football Back of the Year (2011, 2012), Class 3A BlueCross Bowl MVP (2011, 2012) and a 28-3 record as a starter.

In his career, the 6-foot, 175-pounder threw for 10,978 yards with 131 touchdowns against just 22 interceptions. He also ran it 108 times for 390 yards and nine TDs.

High was teammates at CAK with lineman Brett Kendrick and wide receiver Josh Smith, both Vol commitments.

After Tyler Bray declared a year early for the NFL Draft weeks ago, Tennessee was left with just two signal-callers on scholarship for spring practice — rising junior Justin Worley and redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman. (The Vols get to work on March 9 and the Orange & White game is April 20 with kickoff at 2 Eastern.)

FOX Sports NEXT three-star quarterback Riley Ferguson pledged to Tennessee back on June 14 and has told IT that he is firm in that commitment several times.

The new staff, under head coach Butch Jones, doesn't seem comfortable with only three viable options come preseason summer camp. Thus, getting a talent like High to walk on is pivotal. It's also worth mentioning that four-star and soft Arizona State commitment Joshua Dobbs just wrapped up an official visit to Knoxville on Sunday.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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