ACC's highly touted '08 QBs in the mix
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
In reviewing some of ESPN.com's evaluations of the 2008 recruiting class, it was hard not to notice that the ACC had five quarterbacks ranked by ESPN.com among the top 21 in the country, four of whom were ranked among the top 10. Will this be the year they live up to the hype? One thing is for sure -- all of them will be part of the plot line this spring.
Here's a quick refresher, listed by their 2008 quarterback ranking:
No. 3 Mike Glennon, NC State -- He is expected to be the backup to returning starter Russell Wilson this fall, but coach Tom O'Brien isn't the type to shy away from change if it needs to be made. If Glennon is as good as advertised -- O'Brien has already compared Glennon to Matt Ryan -- he should make a tremendous difference in the position's depth.
No. 4 Kyle Parker, Clemson -- First he has to win the starting job from Willy Korn, but when I was in former coach Tommy Bowden's office last summer talking quarterbacks, Parker's name was the one he mentioned, even though Korn was the one fans were clamoring for.
No. 6 E.J. Manuel, Florida State -- Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher told me there will always be a competition in the spring, and that Manuel is up to about 228-229 pounds, and can run and move well at 6-foot-5. He said both Manuel and Christian Ponder have all the intangibles and he loves the situation he's got with those two guys. He reminded me that Ponder had a cracked rib, a tear in his abdomen and a crack in his lower back last season that might have hindered his performance a bit. Both are looking good this winter.
No. 9 Taylor Cook, Miami -- He's in a battle with Cannon Smith for No. 2 this spring, but he was rated ahead of Miami's returning starter. Cook, of Rice High School in Texas, was also considering Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Not a bad lineup for your backup quarterback. Cook was ranked No. 108 in the ESPN 150.
No. 21 Jacory Harris, Miami -- He gained valuable experience in the Emerald Bowl, despite the loss and the disastrous final two minutes. He's earned the confidence of his teammates, but he's got to get used to being a leader now. Harris is lanky and built like a receiver, but he can be a dual threat, can pass and should excel in a spread offense. The Miami offense should be fun to watch this season with the addition of first-year offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.