SEC’s top 5 dual threat QB signees for 2014


SEC teams are already stacked with good quarterback recruits–in fact, don’t be surprised if one or more of these kids is in Heisman contention within the next several seasons. For the programs that want a QB who can run well too, we’ll go over the dual-threat QBs heading to the conference.

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Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings.

1. Brandon Harris, Bossier City (La.)–LSU

  • The skinny: Harris signed his scholarship agreement early with the Tigers and was on campus in January. He’s a huge get for LSU and rated the No. 3 dual-threat QB in the nation behind Clemson’s DeShaun Watson and Texas’ Jerrod Heard. He has a knack for the position that some don’t possess, and he has a good arm.

2. Treon Harris, Washington (Miami, Fla.)–Florida

  • The skinny: Harris is listed as an “athlete” by the rankings, but we’ll go ahead and slip him in here because this is the primary reason he was brought in with the Gators. He’s thrown for more than 6,000 yards in his prep career and his career TD to INT ratio is 78 to 16, while he also rushed for 2,200 career yards and 48 career TDs.

3. Kendrick Doss, Florence (Ala.)–Ole Miss

  • The skinny: Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee also wanted Doss, but he liked what he saw with the Rebels and is on board. He’s a big signal caller who can also move the pile if needed. His stock has been rising in recent months, too. As junior, he passed for 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns, but also rushed for 1,200 yards and 25 TDs.He followed that up with 1,500-plus yards passing and 13 TDs this past year and 1,000 yards rushing with 16 TDs. SEC defenses … um, watch out!

4. Elijah Staley, Marietta (Ga.)–Mississippi State

  • The skinny: Staley, who once was committed to Vanderbilt, is 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, so nobody is going to take him down easily. He’s also a great basketball player, showing his athleticism. He hails from talent-rich Georgia.

5. Nick Fitzgerald, Richmond Hill (Ga.)–Mississippi State

  • The skinny: The other half of Mississippi State’s recruiting tandem at quarterback, Fitzgerald is 6-foot-5, 205 pounds. He’s perfect for Dan Mullen’s offense.

Top 5 signees broken down by position:



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  • Mississippi State seems hell bent on getting their Cam Newton don’t they? Or should I say “Hail” bent.. see what I did there? Haha Ha …eh

  • If you weigh the aggressiveness, is there a bigger upside than Zanders going to Missouri?But Printz could be entrenched as a Chase Daniel style qb leaving Zander’s only two years. And that needs Mauk to go to the NFL early. Can u link Zander’s film up with those you picked out so we can have a quick look? This is of course one of the biggest questions any college football watcher can have.

    • I’m biased … I’m a Printz guy. But then again. I put Mauk on 2012 Parade. And Zanders has been a great kid to deal with this past fall. Not sure you can go wrong with this bunch, and the Drew Lock kid — should he choose Mizzou — already seems likes, in my sparse dealings with him and his dad, another gem.

  • Kendrick Doss may end up shocking RebelNation and college football in the not so distant future…. I thought Devante Kincade or Ryan Buchanan had the backup spot locked up, but if Doss comes in this Spring and wants to be the man bad enough; lookout SEC…. The competition on the Rebels’ QB squad in the next couple of years could get interesting..

    • LandShark, I just finished telling Jon Cooper (here at SDS) exactly that. I think Doss is the sleeper of this entire QB class. He was virtually ignored, which is stupid. And I’m a huge Ryan Buchanan fan too. Awesome guy. He reads SDS.

      • I think the Ole Miss QB situation is looking bright for the for see able future. Ryan Buchanan is pro-style QB with a strong arm and then Ole Miss has two really good dual threat guys in Devante Kincade and Kendrick Doss.

  • What about rafe peavey?

  • It is a travesty that Arkansas signee Rafe Peavey is not on this list. He is rated higher than Doss, Staley, or Fitzgerald, and Peavey’s offer list was much more impressive.
    He deserves to be in this Top 5 list. This is an over-sight.

  • Hey Win — OK, first off, we use the Composite Ranking, which averages ALL services. I prefer that because it allows several entities to be considered, not just ESPN, Scout, Rivals or even 247′s individual ranking. I like the composite, so that’s what we used.

    At the top of EVERY story we run when we mention rankings, we have this: Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings.

    In the composite, Rafe is considered a pro-style quarterback. He is rated No. 19 nationally as a pro-style QB. In the SEC, that puts him behind Kyle Allen, Will Grier, David Cornwell, Jacob Park, Drew Barker and Sean White, and if K.J. Carta-Samuels had stayed with Vandy, he would have been ahead too.

    You can debate whether a guy is dual-threat or pro-style, I’ll admit that. I’d say Will Grier and K.J. could easily be called dual threat too, but the bottom line is, this is how Rafe was classified and I respect their rankings.

    It’s not a travesty or oversight at all, it’s just a very meticulous ranking system that we have a good bit of respect for. I don’t have anything against one kid or another, in fact I actually really like your 2015 QB Ty Storey, who will undoubtedly be ranked highly in these pieces.

    Thanks for reading!

    • Thanks for explaining all of that, Brian. I guess one could say that all of this is perspective. I’ll freely admit I am biased. It’s fun to follow the rankings, commits, signings, etc. But I think a better gauge of how good a kid really is, is his offer list. Sometimes a kid comes out of nowhere to wow everyone, too. I REALLY love those kids.
      I’m gonna guess that you’re not basing this on potential production this fall, since you have two Miss St kids listed.
      I have confidence that peavey will prove to be a better QB in the long run than any of those listed ahead of him…..with one exception…..IF Ty Storey really is that good, all other Hog QB’s might get lost in the shuffle.
      The local sports gurus seem to think there may be as many as 15 in-state kids that the Hogs will offer for 2015, which is highly unusual!

      • Honestly? I think Ty Storey IS really that good. And I think the ranking services DO take into account offers, though I’m not sure they’ll admit it. You’ll notice little “bumps up” in the ratings one day after certain offers come down.