It’s only June, but the 2014 recruiting cycle is already kicking for several teams. Texas A&M still leads the country with the top class, while Alabama and an unlikely Kentucky are making serious pushes towards the top.
The most publicized position on the field already has some big names for 2014, and several SEC teams may already have their quarterback of the future committed, while other teams will likely land commitments later on in the year.
Rankings are according to 247Sports player rankings.
Alabama: David Cornwell, 5-star
Nick Saban and Alabama have made a living at winning championships with pro-style quarterbacks. Saban inherited John Parker Wilson, and then he turned the reigns over to Greg McElroy and now AJ McCarron. But David Cornwell could be the most talented quarterback not named McCarron on the roster now, and he has one of the strongest arms of any signal caller of the 2014 recruiting class. He threw for 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns in his first year as a starter in 2012.
Arkansas: Rafe Peavey, 4-star
Bret Bielema is known for his pro-style system. But that same system yielded dual-threat Russell Wilson to the NFL. Dual-threat commit Rafe Peavey is more mobile than any might expect, and assuming he stays committed, he’ll have a chance to compete for the starting job day one.
Florida: Will Grier, 4-star
Will Grier is the cornerstone to Florida’s 2014 class, and he’ll replace junior Jeff Driskel. Grier has a cannon for an arm and great feet in the pocket, and he is decently fast. Grier looks to be just as mobile as Driskel, if not more. He threw for over 5,900 yards and 69 touchdowns in 2012. Wow stats.
Georgia: Jacob Park, 4-star
Getting commitments from top quarterbacks is nothing new for UGA and Mark Richt. The Bulldogs’ quarterback depth is serious with Hutson Mason, Christian LeMay and Brice Ramsey already. Add Jacob Park into the depth chart, and it becomes stacked. Park has a great arm and underrated mobility. He threw for over 2,700 yards and combined for 29 total touchdowns in 2012.
Kentucky: Drew Barker, 4-star
Some say Drew Barker is the best quarterback prospect in the entire 2014 class. With UK’s future moving towards the Air Attack, Barker could gel perfectly with OC Neal Brown, who wants to throw it 40 times per game.
Mississippi State: Elijah Staley, 3-star
The 6-6 southpaw looks more like a receiver than a quarterback, but he has some skill as a signal caller. Dan Mullen dipped all the way into Georgia to nab Staley’s commitment, and he could fit perfectly in MSU’s spread-’em-out system.
Texas A&M: Kyle Allen, 4-star
Kyle Allen could be the top quarterback in the entire 2014 class. He’ll remind you a lot of AJ McCarron – similar size and arm strength exiting high school. The best part about Allen is he’s from Arizona. Do you think the Aggies’ footprint is expanding?
Vanderbilt: KJ Carta-Samuels, 4-star
KJ Carta-Samuels followed in his brother’s footsteps and committed to Vanderbilt. The Dores’ brand is expanding all the way out to California for Carta-Samuels, and he’s the likely quarterback of the future.