June 8, 2011

Florida QB is 'in love with Tennessee'

Jupiter, Florida quarterback Tyler Cameron is on tour. He's showcasing his big arm and athletic ability to several high profile programs this month and Knoxville was his most recent stop.

"I thought it was amazing," Cameron said. "I thought it was unbelievable. The brand new complex is going to be amazing. They showed me and I was like, 'wow'. The whole town breathes football. The stadium was incredible and I want to see a game there. It's a beautiful place."

The Vols plan to be very selective in recruiting a quarterback in the class of 2012. Cameron hasn't received an offer yet, but thinks his performance at camp could have one coming his way.

"They are supposed to discuss it with me this week," Cameron said. "I worked out at camp and I think I'm in good shape. I thought I had a good camp and they were on me pretty hard."

When he does talk to the Vol staff, he'll do so with a smile on his face. The very impressive Cameron created quite the bond with Derek Dooley and his staff.

"I really got along well with coach (Darin) Hinshaw and coach (Jim) Chaney," Cameron said. "They gave me a good chance to look at everything and they did a good job overall. Coach Dooley is a great guy. They run an NFL system and coach Chaney has coached some NFL players like Drew Brees. They want a big time quarterback and I believe I have what they are looking for."

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Cameron has a solid frame to build on what is a promising future. He says that he brings a lot of intangibles to the table.

"The ability to make all the throws," Cameron said. "I have a strong arm. I can make plays with my legs. I just have that will to do whatever it takes. I just feel like I'm a leader and I'm willing to make sure my team always has me leading them."

He also believes that every player can always improve and this stop in Knoxville showed him what he needs to work on.

"I need to work on my drops by tightening them up," Cameron said. "They want me to get deeper in my drops. I'm switching to a pro-style offense this year so that's big for me. I need to learn our new offense and just make sure everyone is on the same page."

Cameron's tour will also take him to North Carolina State, Duke, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and North Carolina. He's not going to name a leader, but he says that he'll be getting closer to his decision after his lengthy journey is over.

"I'm doing a big college tour to about ten different schools," Cameron said. "After that then I'll be able to narrow it down. I'm looking for a coaching staff that I enjoy and get along with. I also want a campus that I feel like I can be happy at for the next four years. I want to grow as a person."

As for a decision, Cameron is unclear on when he'll eventually pull the trigger. One school is currently on his mind, and it's going to take a lot for another contender to catch and pass that school that sits on Rocky Top.

"I'm not sure," Cameron said. "Like sometimes I think it will be soon, but then I think I'll know when it hits me. It hit me today and I'm in love with Tennessee, but I want to see all the other places and make sure this is place for me."

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