Things are tightening up in the race to land … the primary quarterback target.
Five-star QB Kyler Murray decided to stay close to home and play for dad’s alma mater at Texas A&M, a Wednesday announcement which had repercussions nationally, especially at Oregon–which immediately after the news turned around and offered a scholarship to its second target, rising four-star stud Travis Waller, who also has some SEC schools’ attention. Waller will now weigh being “second fiddle” at Oregon against being the second QB pickup for Ohio State, which took the first of two planned quarterback commitments earlier this week when Joe Burrow came aboard. Of course, that also means Urban Meyer may be moving on from the Torrance Gibson marathon …
Clear as mud? Cross-eyed yet? Clear as a teenagers’ gossipy chatter during a sleepover? Well, that’s how it goes with quarterback recruiting. It’s a he-said, she-said sort of operation.
“When you choose your college it’s like picking your wife and making sure she is the right one,” Waller told Saturday Down South in the past week.
So how do things stand as of May 29th? Below is a chart giving you a rough idea. It looks more and more like Alabama and Georgia may not even take a quarterback in this cycle. LSU might be interesting to watch too, because the Tigers are on the outside looking in with the Gibson situation, and they don’t have a monster backup plan. They don’t have to take a kid this year.
The ones to keep an eye on now are Florida, Auburn and Tennessee. Auburn already has Tyler Queen on board but may add another QB. Florida is definitely in the market for another dual-threat kid and certainly will take one, and Tennessee wants–and apparently leads–for Gibson. And Vandy, Kentucky and Ole Miss may be willing to wait a tad bit longer, but they’d like to have a stud QB on board soon too.
|SCHOOL||TOP TARGET||SECONDARY||THE SKINNY|
|Alabama||David Sills??||???||Tide may opt to wait until 2016 for a QB, this class didn’t work out|
|Arkansas||Ty Storey||none||Storey is solidly on board for Razorbacks and recruiting for them|
|Auburn||Torrance Gibson||Kai Locksley||Also, QB Tyler Queen is committed the Tigers—but Tigers may take 2|
|Florida||Sheriron Jones||Deondre Francois||Dwayne Lawson is off the board now, heading to Miami. Jones is next.|
|Georgia||????||????||This isn’t a massively critical year for quarterbacks for the Bulldogs|
|Kentucky||Reese Ryan?||????||Don’t be surprised if Wildcats go for another program’s QB commit|
|LSU||Torrance Gibson||Jason Pellerin?||LSU won’t get Gibson, so will it even take a QB this year?|
|Ole Miss||Ross Trail?||????||Lots of dynamics in Rebels QB situation, could Trail be next guy?|
|Mississippi St.||Chason Virgil||none||A lot of guys were in the mix for this slot, but Virgil ended it|
|Missouri||Drew Lock||none||Lock committed to the Tigers in the past month, they’re all set now|
|South Carolina||Lorenzo Nunez||none||Nunez is now on board. Gamecocks did a nice job with him.|
|Tennessee||Torrance Gibson||Eric Dungey?||Vols have best shot at landing Gibson, but will have to wait|
|Texas A&M||Kyler Murray||None||Aggies’ legacy is now on board, Oregon will have to look elsewhere|
|Vandy||Quinten Dormedy||Kyle Shurmur||Call these two “tied” for No. 1 at the top of the board|