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’ve said this before–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: Committed to Arkansas
- The skinny: Stout, heady, a leader … Storey has put up astronomical numbers his past two seasons of prep football, and he could be the guy who ultimately turns things around with the Razorbacks–who have had their problems the past two seasons. Storey has been a cornerstone of this already impressive Arkansas class, and he has focused his efforts on helping recruit the particularly strong in-state class.
- SEC schools: Mizzou, Tennessee, Ole Miss
- The skinny: Lock has strong ties to Mizzou, as his father Andy was an offensive lineman for the Tigers in the 1980s. So of course everybody thinks he’s a … ahem … Lock to sign with Mizzou. Not so, he tells Saturday Down South. He is looking around and listening to all of the coaches coming after him. Tennessee and Ole Miss will get a chance to land this very athletic pro-style quarterback, one who could easily play Division I basketball, too.
- SEC schools: Committed to Auburn
- The skinny: Queen has accounted for more than 70 touchdowns the past two seasons in high school at North Cobb HS. He can move the ball on the ground, as he proved as a sophomore when he rushed for 20 TDs, but he can also be deadly accurate through the air (only 6 INTs last year to 21 TDs). He has been committed to Auburn for nearly a year, but one thing to keep in mind is the Tigers are recruiting other quarterbacks. If something drastic were to change, don’t be surprised if another SEC school tries to scoop Queen up–but for now, he tells SDS he is rock solid to the Tigers.
4. Zach Gentry, Albuquerque (N.M.), 6-6/230
- SEC schools: Tennessee in serious consideration
- The skinny: His prep numbers aren’t eye-popping, and he plays in a state that isn’t exactly a prep powerhouse, but it’s hard to ignore the frame (6-6/230) on Gentry–and the potential. Tennessee needs a quarterback, badly. It probably is a bit behind with landing Torrance Gibson and Drew Lock, but Gentry might be a guy they can sway their way if the others go elsewhere. There could be a serious battle with Oklahoma State though, and the Cowboys are much closer to home for Gentry.
5. Dwayne Lawson, Tampa (Fla.), 6-5/210
- SEC schools: Florida, Tennessee
- The skinny: Lawson is what you’d call a ‘quick riser’ as far as activity is concerned. February has been very busy for the Sunshine State signal caller. Ohio State and Miami have come on strong this month, while he attended a junior day at Florida. He has said that Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State and UCF stick out to him so far, with the two SEC schools being the biggest leaders. Lawson passed for 2,100 yards and 22 TDs as a junior, while rushing for 1,068 and 9 TDs.