The SEC’s crop of dual-threat quarterback targets for 2015 is actually even deeper than the pro-style crop. Keep an eye on the pecking order below, as it could fall right along these lines. This is a very special quarterbacking class for the SEC, in fact it may be one of the best groups–collectively–in quite some time.
We said it in our top SEC pro-style targets piece–it is possible one of these kids will sit in New York City for the Heisman ceremony one day–at least as a finalist. Mark it down.
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- SEC schools: Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Auburn
- The skinny: Gibson is coveted by a lot of programs, nationally. We aren’t stretching this, folks. Ohio State and nearby Miami are certainly near the top of his list, but Tennessee has told him they waited a year to take a quarterback so they could fill that void with Gibson. Florida, LSU and even late-comer Auburn wouldn’t mind being in the mix. Gibson can just flat out make things happen with his wheels and his cannon for an arm. He’s sharp as a tack, too … intangibles and leadership will also be a huge plus. Josh Rosen may be rated ahead of Gibson nationally, but in the end, we’ll go ahead and predict that Gibson has more of an impact at the next level.
- SEC schools: Alabama, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida (NOTE: Since this story ran, Stidham did indeed stay close to home and committed to Texas Tech)
- The skinny: In all, eight of the 14 SEC schools have offered Stidham, and Alabama has made him a prime target since the Crimson Tide lost Ricky Town to USC in January. Keep an eye on Stidham, a guy who grew up in Kentucky, lives just a few hours from College Station in Texas, and has more than half the SEC chasing him. Also, don’t be surprised if he stays closer to home and in the Big 12. This should be interesting to watch. Stidham is an incredible athlete and a grounded kid with an incredibly positive outlook on playing ball and his role as a leader.
3. Kyler Murray, Allen (Texas), 5-11/170
- SEC schools: Texas A&M, Florida, Arkansas, Auburn
- The skinny: Murray is a Texas A&M legacy, and not only a legacy, but a quarterbacking legacy as his dad Kevin Murray also played the position for the Aggies. It would be hard to see him going anywhere else, and he also has proven he can light it up, throwing for nearly 6,000 yards and 64 TDs the past two seasons at Allen. He also has rushed for 2,600 yards and 44 TDs. He has a lot going his way with his family background, his quickness, you name it. The only knock might be his size, but it sure didn’t hurt Johnny Manziel, did it?
4. Kelly Bryant, Piedmont (S.C.), 6-5/205
- SEC schools: Ole Miss, South Carolina, Florida
- The skinny: Keep in mind, Bryant is in Clemson’s backyard, so that’s key. His school, Wren High School, has sent kids to Clemson before. But he is definitely high on Ole Miss’ radar, and of course South Carolina is well aware of him too. He can make things happen, and the Rebels would love to secure him.
- SEC schools: Mississippi State, Ole Miss
- The skinny: Smith is another outstanding quarterback prospect with good football bloodlines, as his father Kenny Smith played in the NFL. Smith holds an offer from Mississippi State and told Saturday Down South that there are things he loves about the program. But things are early and more offers may be on the way soon as the domino effect of college QB recruiting really gets rolling this spring.