Zach Gentry looked like a strong fit for a pair of SEC teams with in search of a 2015 quarterback. Both Alabama and Tennessee extended offers early this year.
Nick Saban presented a scholarship opportunity one month after losing his grips on Ricky Town. The Volunteers, likely to take two passers during this cycle, joined the pursuit while maintaining persistent efforts with 5-star Florida quarterback Torrance Gibson.
Gentry visited Knoxville in late March and spent time in Tuscaloosa three weeks later. He revealed a final four of Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma State during a conversation with with Rivals.com reporter Rob Cassidy (subscription required).
After checking out each campus, the 6'7", 230-pound New Mexico prospect announced Texas as his choice on May 12. He provided first-year Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong with a recruit to build around, while prolonging the quarterback search for his other finalists.
Oklahoma State didn't experience the same desperation at the position as Alabama and Tennessee. The Cowboys landed 3-star in-state quarterback John Kolar earlier this year.
Alabama and Tennessee offered late-rising Texas quarterback Quinten Dormady as the school year ended. He committed to the Vols on June 9.
Alabama has also offered Southern California talent Travis Waller and appears to be a possible landing spot for former Notre Dame commit Blake Barnett. Tennessee is the current favorite for Gibson, but Auburn is also a strong contender in that race.