Tennessee reaches out to top commitment

Matthews (N.C.) Butler head coach Brian Hales said quarterback Riley Ferguson has spoken to newly hired Tennessee head coach Butch Jones. However, Hales said he's not sure what the four-star prospect thinks of the Vols after another coaching change. Ferguson could not be immediately reached for comment.

Ferguson is a key prospect for Jones, who was hired to replace former coach Derek Dooley, who was fired last month. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Ferguson is Tennessee's highest-rated commitment in the Volunteers 18-member 2013 class.

Ferguson is rated the No. 15 quarterback in the nation and the No. 211 prospect overall. He is rated the No. 6 prospect in North Carolina. Hales had no qualms about saying that Ferguson would be a good fit for Jones' spread offense.

"He ran elements of everything at our place," Hales said. "Think he could be very effective in spread also."

Ferguson also had scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Miami and Virginia Tech.