Recruiting roundup: Four-star QBs commit
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Posted May 25, 2012


Four-star quarterbacks stole the spotlight in this week in recruiting. We take a look back at some of the most notable news of the week from the commitment trail.

After USC's monster commitments a week ago, things slowed down a bit here ahead of Memorial Day. But a quartet of four-star quarterbacks made decisions that could help shape the futures of four programs in the Southeast.

FOUR-STAR QBs

Click on the photos to learn more about this week's four-star QB commits.

Austin Allen

Mitch Trubisky

Jeremy Johnson

Hayden Rettig

Austin Allen will stay in Fayetteville and play for Arkansas, Jeremy Johnson picked Auburn in his home state, California's Hayden Rettig will attend LSU, and Mitch Trubisky made himself the top prize of North Carolina's class so far.

The 6-2, 205-pound Allen is Scout's highest rated of those four quarterbacks at No. 17 overall in the 2013 class. Realistically, there was never much doubt Allen would pick Arkansas. It's in his home city, his brother Brandon -- also a quarterback -- plays there, and his father Bobby coaches there.

Allen is the biggest 2013 name so far for Arkansas, which has built momentum after a strong 2011 season but now faces a transition period after the departure of head coach Bobby Petrino.

Johnson is ranked No. 22 overall at quarterback and joins an already strong class for Auburn, which is trying to return to national title-competing form after a down year last season.

Johnson's size is a huge asset -- he's 6-6 and should have no trouble getting his throws off. He'll have lofty shoes to fill, as the memory of Cam Newton -- who led Auburn to that national title after the 2010 season -- is still fresh.

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New Auburn offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler was a big piece of Johnson's recruitment.

"(Loeffler) told (head coach Gene) Chizik that I’m his guy, I’m the chosen one," Johnson told Scout.com. "He has just been telling everybody no, so it feels good to be his guy."

Rettig chose an LSU program that would certainly welcome some stability at the quarterback position. Last season's inconsistency between Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson, many think, was a big reason why the Tigers came up short in their bid for the BCS title.

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The Los Angeles native is ranked as Scout's No. 29 quarterback and features a big arm and good leadership skills. A knee injury cost him most of his junior season, and how he responds this season will give LSU an idea of just how excited they should be.

"I’m 100 percent and feeling really good right now," Rettig said earlier this week. "I’ve been throwing with my team and I feel great out there. I know that was a concern but I think after schools came by and saw me in the spring, they saw I was healthy and had made a full recovery."

Trubisky gives North Carolina its first four-star commit since 2011 and he is the No. 19 overall quarterback in Scout's rankings. He has been touted for his poise in the pocket and intelligent decision-making.

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"Once I got there, the campus was just so beautiful and it just felt like home," Trubisky said this week. "I felt like I related to the coaches really well. I just felt like it would be in my best interest to play for them throughout my college career. I’m very excited and I think it’s a great fit for me."

While it's unlikely they will all get on the field next year, the stage is set for the future of these four quarterbacks and their programs.


Around the country:

Another nice pickup this week for Alabama, as they scooped up four-star defensive end Jonathan Allen.

Three-star quarterback Anu Solomon will go to Arizona.

A trio of players from Fayetteville HS will stay home and play for Arkansas: Along with Austin Allen, it's also three-star linebacker Brooks Ellis and safety Alex Brignoni. Three-star quarterback Tyler Cogswell also went with the Razorbacks.

California picked up a commitment from three-star linebacker Chad Whitener.

Three-star cornerback Marquez White became Florida State's first commitment in a month.

Four-star Brandon Kublanow, a top 10 guard in the 2013 class, is headed to Georgia.

Georgia Tech landed a commitment from three-star defensive tackle Darius Commissiong.

Three-star defensive end Derrick Hayward is going to Maryland.

Ole Miss scooped up three-star defensive tackle Herbert Moore.

Three-star offensive tackle Dan Samuelson gave his commitment to Nebraska.

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Three-star safety Ahmad Thomas declared for Oklahoma.

Oregon scored a major commitment from four-star running back Dontre Wilson, Scout's No. 11 overall back.

Rutgers got a verbal from three-star running back Dontea Ayres.

Big one for South Carolina: four-star linebacker Matt Rolin.

A pair of two-star recruits are headed to SMU: quarterback Kolney Cassel and safety Nate Halverson.

Two-star quarterback Austin Wilson will go to Syracuse.

Three-star wide receiver Ty Slanina will attend TCU.

One of the big commits of the week, four-safety Kameron Miles picked Tennessee.

Three-star linebacker Brett Wade picked Texas A&M, as did two-star defensive end Jordan Points.

Three-star guard Baylen Brown is bound for Texas Tech.




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