Had Tate Martell stayed with Texas A&M, the SEC really could have put a blanket over dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2017 recruiting class. As it stood, the conference still collected four of the top 10, a trend that’s developed over three years.

That certainly puts it head and shoulders above any other conference as most of the others managed just one of the top 10, except the Big 12, which landed two. Among pro-style QBs, Georgia’s Jake Fromm and LSU’s Myles Brennan were the lone elite QBs to pledge to play in the SEC. The Big Ten cleaned up on that side of the ledger with four of the top 10. Just three of those 20 quarterbacks are 5-star recruits, according to 247Sports.

While that SEC at least held its own in the last four years with at least three of the top 10 pro-style quarterbacks, 2014 was the high-water mark with six. Yet four of the top 10 in 2013 went to SEC schools, including a relative diamond in the rough, when Joshua Dobbs, ranked No. 10 at his position, went with the Vols.

While there are some cautionary tales, such as in 2014 when Kyle Allen signed with Texas A&M, Will Grier with Florida, David Cornwell with Alabama, Jacob Park with Georgia, Drew Barker with Kentucky and Sean White with Auburn, there are clear trends. For example, the league has signed four of the top 10 dual-threat QBs in each of the last three recruiting classes. In 2013 and 2014, the league grabbed just one in each class.

Here’s a glimpse of how each Power 5 conference did in the 2017 class:

5-star QBs arriving: 1
4-star QBs arriving: 6
Skinny: Alabama secured the only 5-star dual threat QB in this class in Tua Tagovailoa of Honolulu, Hawaii, but also landed a 4-star in Mac Jones of The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. Georgia and LSU were among the schools to ink 4-star pro-style QBs (LSU also signed a dual-threat), while Texas A&M and Mississippi State landed dual-threats.
5-star QBs arriving: 1
4-star QBs arriving: 4
Skinny: Clemson secured two of the top 11 pro-style QBs in this class, led by 5-star Hunter Johnson of Brownsburg, Ind., who was the second-best player at his position in America and No. 30 overall. Florida State also grabbed the No. 13 pro-style recruit in Bailey Hockman of Powder Springs, Ga., while Miami scooped up the No. 6 dual-threat player in N’Kosi Perry of Ocala, Fla. Virginia Tech also added Hendon Hooker, a 4-star from Greensboro, N.C.
Big Ten
5-star QBs arriving: 0
4-star QBs arriving: 5
Skinny: Pro-style was the preference of Big Ten recruiters in this cycle as Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska and Maryland all secured 4-star talent. Ohio State went with the aforementioned Martell, the No. 2 player at his position. If pedigree were listed on the star system, Michigan signee Dylan McCaffrey would be high on the list because his father, Ed McCaffrey, was a three-time Super Bowl-winning wide receiver during a 13-year NFL career. His oldest brother, Max, was a receiver at Duke and is on the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad. And older brother Christian was an All-America running back during three seasons at Stanford.
Big 12
5-star QBs arriving: 0
4-star QBs arriving: 3
Skinny: For the second straight year, Texas has landed a top-five dual-threat QB recruit. Last year it was Shane Buechele of Arlington, Texas; this time it’s Sam Ehlinger of Austin, Texas. Not to be outdone, the Sooners grabbed Chris Robison, the seventh-ranked pro-style signal caller out of Mesquite, Texas.
Pac 12
5-star QBs arriving: 1
4-star QBs arriving: 2
Skinny: Stanford landed the top pro-style QB in the country in Davis Mills of Norcross, Ga., one of just three 5-stars in this class. Mills suffered a couple scares in his final high school season with a knee injury in August, and in the state championship game. Because Stanford doesn’t allow early enrollees, he’ll join the program in the summer. Oregon and Southern Cal landed the other two elite QBs in the conference. New Oregon coach Willie Taggart secured dual-threat Braxton Burmeister of La Jolla, Calif., while the Trojans inked Jack Sears, the fourth-best pro-style passer out of San Clemente, Calif.