Tennessee signed three four-star quarterback recruits in 2015, but the Volunteers didn’t get the best in the class.

Ole Miss did when it landed junior college standout Chad Kelly.

Here’s a look at the highs, lows and no-shows from a QB class that saw several members play and even start as true freshmen in the SEC.


Blake Barnett: A five-star recruit and No. 2-ranked pro style passer in the class, Barnett red-shirted last season and will compete with Cooper Bateman for the Tide’s starting job in 2016. Many have described Barnett as the most talented QB recruit Nick Saban has brought to Tuscaloosa.


Ty Storey: A four-star recruit and No. 9-ranked pro style passer, Storey red-shirted last season and is third on the depth chart behind Austin Allen and Rafe Peavy, coach Bret Bielema recently said.


Tyler Queen: A three-star recruit and No. 15-ranked pro style passer, Queen had Tommy John surgery in September to repair damage he suffered while pitching in a high school game in March 2014. Queen practiced with the Tigers last spring. He was expected to red-shirt in 2015 anyway.


Jim McElwain’s rushed first class did not include a QB in the 2015 recruiting cycle.


Mark Richt’s final class did not include a QB, either, (though he did leave the Dawgs a parting gift in Class of 2016 signee Jacob Eason).


Mark Stoops brought in four-star QB Drew Barker in 2014, but the 2015 class did not include a QB.


Justin McMillan: A three-star recruit and No. 36-ranked dual-threat QB in the class, McMillan redshirted in 2015. He’ll enter 2016 behind Brandon Harris, but coach Les Miles liked what he saw in practice.

“But I think Justin McMillan is really good,” Miles told nola.com. “I think he’s got a very live arm. I think that he’s already gained 10 pounds, and he’s one of the faster guys at quarterback. I mean, he can run, and so he’s just going to improve and improve. And we’re excited about him.”

Mississippi State

Nick Tiano: A three-star recruit and No. 32-rated pro style QB, Tiano redshirted in 2015. He’ll enter 2016 behind Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley, two Class of 2014 QB recruits.


Drew Lock: A four-star recruit and No. 7-ranked pro style QB in the class, Lock eventually replaced suspended Maty Mauk as Missouri’s starter as a true freshman. The results were mixed: He completed just 49 percent of his passes for 1,332 yards with 4 TDs and 8 interceptions. Mauk was dismissed Thursday, meaning Lock will be the Tigers’ QB of the present and future.

Ole Miss

Chad Kelly: Kelly was a JuCo standout, but it wasn’t a given he would win the starting job. He did. And how. Kelly dominated the SEC in his first year in the league. He broke Eli Manning’s single-season passing yards record and became just the third SEC QB in history to top 4,000 yards. He’s returning for his senior season, hoping to become the first SEC QB to throw for 4,000 yards twice in a career.

Jason Pellerin: A three-star recruit and No. 15-ranked dual-threat QB in the class, Pellerin redshirted in 2015. With Kelly in place in 2016 and 5-star QB Shea Patterson having next season to learn under Kelly, Pellerin’s playing opportunities appear limited.

South Carolina

Lorenzo Nunez: A four-star recruit and No. 10-ranked dual-threat QB in the class, Nunez also saw the field as a true freshman. He threw for 184 yards and 2 TDs in a victory over Central Florida, but his biggest gift is his speed, which he also showed against the Knights, running for 123 yards. South Carolina took advantage of his athleticism late in the season, designing some trick plays to get him the ball in space. He has the biggest big-play ability of the four QBs who will compete for the starting job in 2016.


Jauan Jennings: A four-star recruit and No. 6-ranked dual-threat QB in the class, Jennings quickly moved to receiver, earned a starting spot and caught 14 passes for 149 yards as a true freshman. He also added a 58-yard touchdown pass against Florida, when he caught a lateral from Joshua Dobbs and threw it back to Dobbs, who did the rest.

Vols coach Butch Jones said Jennings’ move was based partially on the need at receiver and that Jennings still would get work in with the quarterbacks. With Dobbs back next season, there’s no need to force the issue.

Sheriron Jones: Also a four-star QB who was rated the No. 7 dual-threat QB in the class, Jones redshirted in 2015, transferred to Colorado in January, changed his mind and returned to Tennessee. Jones was third on the depth chart last season.

Quinten Dormady: The third four-star QB recruit of the Vols’ 2015 class, Dormady was the nation’s No. 11-ranked pro style QB. He served as Dobbs’ backup in 2015 and is viewed as their QB of the future. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 209 yards and 1 TD, and finished up for Dobbs in the Vols’ Outback Bowl thumping of Northwestern.

Texas A&M

Kyler Murray: A five-star recruit and No. 1-ranked dual threat QB in the country, Murray played in eight games and started three as a true freshman for the Aggies. He dominated South Carolina — throwing for 223 yards and a TD and running for 156 yards and another score — but threw five interceptions in his next two games as was replaced by 2014 five-star QB Kyle Allen. Both QBs transferred after the season, Murray going to Oklahoma.



Kyle Shurmur: A four-star recruit and No. 13-ranked pro style passer, Shurmur also started as a true freshman, replacing the ineffective Johnny McCrary. Shurmur completed just 42 percent of his passes but had a positive TD-to-INT ratio of 5-3. McCrary recently announced he was transferring, meaning Vandy will be Shurmur’s team in 2016 and beyond.