Monday, May 5, 2014
Pac-12 quarterback recruiting again strong
By Ted Miller
The Conference of Quarterbacks shows no signs of dropping that valid designation in future years, at least based on the early returns from the 2015 recruiting season.
With Brady White's commitment to Arizona State , the Pac-12 secured its fourth commitment from the 19 QBs in the ESPN 300. That list includes Josh Rosen (UCLA), Jake Browning (Washington) and Ricky Town (USC).
The Trojans also have a commitment from the No. 17 pro-style passer, David Sills. Washington State has a commitment from Tyler Hilinski, the No. 25 pro-style QB, and the Sun Devils also have a commitment from Bryce Perkins, the No. 21 dual-threat signal-caller.
Of course, nothing in recruiting is for sure until the ink is dry on signing day in February, but it's again clear that the best high school QBs -- pro style, at least -- come from the West Coast and they'd still prefer to stay there.
It is notable that the vast majority of these committed Pac-12 QBs are pro-style passers. Texas and Florida still seem to produce more dual threats, though a battle may now be brewing for Travis Waller of Servite High School in Anaheim, particularly if Oregon isn't able to woo Kyler Murray out of Texas.
As for national QB recruiting, consider this from ESPN.com recruiting writer Jeremy Crabtree:
With Brady White's commitment to Arizona State on Friday evening, more than 60 percent of the nation’s top 30 quarterbacks have already made up their minds. There’s even less inventory if you’re looking for a good pocket-passing quarterback, as 11 of the top 15 and four of the top five have committed.
With White off the board, the top remaining uncommitted pocket passers are No. 2-ranked Zach Gentry and No. 7-ranked Kyle Kearns. Don’t be surprised if you see both make decisions before the end of the summer.
Gentry is from Albuquerque and Kearns is from Pleasanton, California, so both also could end up in the Pac-12.
It will be interesting to see how things play out for the Pac-12 schools that don't yet have QB commitments. Waller would be a great fit at either Oregon or Arizona. Stanford is notable because it might not sign a QB -- it offered Town but not Rosen -- perhaps because it has enough faith in the futures or Ryan Burns and/or Keller Chryst.