Published May 23, 2012 - 10:35am
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SEC fans: catch your breath for a moment. Several big-time quarterback prospects are flying off the big board, and they’re coming to the SEC.
The SEC is as stable of a conference as there is in the country. And this will have a great effect on recruiting, bigger than what most think. Kids want to play in the SEC, and it’s showing with the talent already committing.
We’re only near the end of May, and nine SEC teams likely have their quarterback of the future already committed. Let me remind you, however, that this process ends in February. There’s still a long way to go.
Several of these prospects are franchise-type quarterbacks who will compete for playing time in year one.
Alabama: Cooper Bateman, 6-3, 195
Nick Saban went all the way out to Utah to grab his QB of the future. What Saban wants, Saban gets. Bateman has all the tools necessary and will compete for the starting job in year one. He has a big arm and great feet.
Arkansas: Austin Allen, 6-2, 205
John L. Smith didn’t have to go far to land his QB of the future. Allen preps at Fayetteville High, in the same hometown as the Hogs’ campus. Allen threw for over 4,000 yards during his junior season. This kid is one of the more underrated prospects who will excel in the right offense.
Auburn: Jeremy Johnson, 6-5, 215
Auburn nabbed in-state QB Jeremy Johnson from Montgomery this past weekend. Johnson is a special athlete, because he excels both on the gridiron and the basketball court. He will compete in year one for playing time, even though he needs some time to hone his skills. But it’s a very big skill set.
Georgia: Brice Ramsey, 6-3, 200
Ramsey was one of the first commits in the SEC, as he committed last summer. Ramsey is the top signal caller in the South. He has a big arm and really grades out well for the Georgia offense and as a pro-style QB for several years to come.
LSU: Hayden Rettig, 6-3, 190
Rettig will enter LSU in a good situation. Who knows if Zach Mettenberger will be there for two more years. Rettig could show up and compete for playing time day one with the other QBs on the depth chart. Even though he tore his ACL and missed much of the 2011 season, he’s still a guy who will play well in the SEC.
Missouri: Trent Hosick, 6-2, 220
Hosick is listed as a dual-threat QB. While he may not be highly rated, he can do all the things that current QB James Franklin can do, with more experience obviously. One thing is for sure – Hosick will have one of the best WRs in the country to throw to in Dorial Green-Beckham. He will remind you of Aaron Murray.
South Carolina: Connor Mitch, 6-3, 220
Mitch is the biggest QB commit Steve Spurrier has had while at Carolina. Mitch threw for over 3,800 yards in his junior season, and he looks to beat those numbers in his senior season. Mitch might not have the strongest arm, but his accuracy is dead on. Spurrier loves these types of QBs.
Texas A&M: Kohl Stewart, 6-3, 190
Kevin Sumlin could have the next Case Keenum committed in Stewart. He is deadly accurate and has a very quick release, thanks to a strong baseball career. Stewart could be electric in Sumlin’s spread offense.
Vanderbilt: Johnathan McCrary, 6-4, 200
It shouldn’t surprise me anymore that James Franklin is pulling big-time prospects in at Vandy. McCrary is a big athlete and dual-threat QB, and Franklin went out of state to land him, too. I will be anxious to see him in the SEC, and what he can do against SEC defenses.
The future of the QB position in the SEC certainly looks bright, and several other teams are still searching for their QB in this year’s class. We’ll take another look at this at the beginning of the season.