Brian Maurer 'is able to make all of the throws necessary to be successful'

Brian Maurer 'is able to make all of the throws necessary to be successful'

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Brian Maurer 'is able to make all of the throws necessary to be successful'

Brian Maurer committed to Tennessee June 27.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback from West Port High School in Ocala, Fla., marks the first signal-caller in UT’s 2019 recruiting class.

Tennessee is getting a team leader and a young man that has unbelievable talent. That is how West Port quarterbacks coach William Brewington describes Maurer.

“I have had the honor to coach him since his freshman year,” Brewington told Vols Wire. “Brian is that kind of kid that always wanted to work more on his craft. He would be there during the off-season always wanting to throw and would always find his way to my room during power hour to watch extra film with me. He is a great kid with the heart of gold and I could not be more proud of him and I know that Tennessee is a great fit for him.

“He has the arm strength of anyone that I have known and the work-ability to outshine a lot of others at his position. With the right coaching staff and his work ethic, it will be a match made in heaven. I love the Tennessee area and know that Brian does as well.”

West Port wide receivers coach Luke Bender echoes Maurer’s quarterbacks coach.

“Brian is a great kid and will do what is asked of him,” Bender told Vols Wire. “He has one of the best arms I have seen in person and is able to make all of the throws necessary to be successful at the Division-1 level. Brian uses his athleticism to create throwing lanes, escape pressure and be able to run the ball when needed.”

West Port head coach Matt Franklin also discussed Maurer’s Tennessee commitment with Vols Wire, saying that he is “really excited for him and it is a good fit.”

West Port runs a spread offense, but will take on more of a west coast approach in 2018.

“We are a spread offense that slings it around a lot,” Franklin said. “Brian is a really good athlete with a great arm. We had three different receivers last year that had over 50 catches, so we throw the ball a little bit.

“This year we will be a little more balanced as far as run-to-pass goes, which will probably take the load off of Brian a little and will help his completion percentage. We will be more under-center and more west coast style this year.”

Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton likes to display the vertical ball in his offense, and is an area that Maurer can make the throws.

“Brian is extremely accurate short-range and intermediate and has the arm to make any throw deep,” Franklin said. “He is also going to only get stronger, too.”

It is unclear if Maurer will enroll at Tennessee early, but discussions have been made in deciding to enroll early in January. Maurer is open to the idea, but his decision has not been determined yet.

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