This is a strong year for quarterbacks in recruiting. Five SEC schools have ESPN Junior 300 commits and there are numerous other prospects who have a chance to land at SEC schools. Here is a closer look at the latest quarterback news on SEC East teams.
2016 signee(s): ESPN 300 pocket-passer Feleipe’ Franks and three-star Kyle Trask
2017 commitments: ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Jake Allen
Overview: With a graduate transfer and another transfer coming off of a redshirt season, the Gators went from having one quarterback last season, to having four for spring football. There isn’t a huge need at the position but the Gators have a commitment from Allen, who earned an invite to the Elite 11 competition. It doesn’t appear the Gators are making a big push for another signal caller at this point.
2016 signee(s): ESPN 300 pocket-passer Jacob Eason
2017 commitments: ESPN Junior 300 pocket passer Jake Fromm
Overview: Georgia did have a quarterback commitment from Bailey Hockman, but Hockman backed off the pledge when Kirby Smart was hired. The Bulldogs, however, were able to get another top quarterback, Fromm, to switch his commitment from Alabama to Georgia. With Eason and now Fromm in the fold, it looks as if Georgia is done recruiting the position this year.
2016 signee(s): four-star pocket-passer Gunnar Hoak
2017 commitments: Pocket-passer Mac Jones
Overview: The Wildcats beat many teams to the punch by offering Jones a scholarship last year and, after impressing at a few different events over the spring, Jones has seen his stock improve greatly. Kentucky might not be recruiting another quarterback in this class, but the Wildcats will certainly have to fight to hold on to the accurate Jacksonville prospect. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound recruit has recently visited Cal and Arizona State.
2016 signee(s): Three-star dual-threat quarterback Micah Wilson
2017 commitments: N/A
Overview: With Drew Lock heading into his sophomore season and the Tigers signing Wilson in the 2016 class, the quarterback position isn’t necessarily the top priority for new head coach Barry Odom. Look for the Tigers to target some of the few top uncommitted ESPN Junior 300 quarterbacks such as Lowell Narcisse and Braxton Burmeister, but again, this is not a huge area of need for the Tigers.
South Carolina Gamecocks
2016 signee(s): ESPN 300 dual-threat quarterback Brandon McIlwain
2017 commitments: ESPN Junior 300 pocket-passer Jake Bentley
Overview: For being a defensive-minded head coach, Will Muschamp now has two very good quarterbacks in the fold and will likely not pursue another quarterback in this cycle. Bentley is the No. 2-ranked pocket-passer and the 33rd-ranked player overall in the ESPN junior 300.
2016 signee(s): ESPN 300 dual-threat quarterback Jarrett Guarantano
2017 commitments: None
Overview: The Volunteers did have a commit from Hunter Johnson, but Johnson eventually flipped to Clemson. Now Tennessee is looking elsewhere for its future signal-caller. Former Georgia commit Bailey Hockman appears to be a top target. Tennessee has also offered San Clemente, California, quarterback Jack Sears.
2016 signee(s): Three-star dual threat quarterback Deuce Wallace
2017 commitments: None
Overview: By landing Wallace this past recruiting cycle and ESPN 300 quarterback Kyle Shurmur the year before that, there’s not necessarily a big need at the position. Vanderbilt, much like other schools, likes to sign at least one quarterback in each class to keep the roster balanced. The Commodores are targeting several out-of-state signal-callers such as Tyler Lytle, Taylor Katoa and Tracin Wallace, all of which have Vanderbilt offers.