Top QB Prospect has the Tigers #1

This dual sport star might be one of the best keep secrets in the southeast this year. With a huge arm, and a powerful bat, he's looking at the strong possibility of playing two sports for a major Divsion 1-A program. Oh, and I did I mention that the Tigers are his current favorite?

We are talking about QB Justin Tyler out of Macon, GA (Jones County High School). Tyler, (6'4, 225, 4.7) is a true drop-back passing quarterback with a world of potential.

Last year this fine student-athlete threw for 1800 yards and 18 touchdowns. Just as impressive is that he threw only 3 interceptions, and ran for 450 yards.

On the baseball diamond Tyler is considered to be one of the top prospects in Georgia. As a sophomore he posted a .425 average with 15 homeruns and 53 RBI. Last season he batted .510 with 18 homeruns and 63 RBI.

Recruiting expert Max Emfinger currently has Tyler listed as the #21 ranked drop-back passing quarterback in the country. (Incidentally, Will Proctor is currently listed at #6.)

This could be the quarterback that many Clemson fans have been dreaming about over the last few months as he is a true pocket-passer with just enough mobility to escape a fierce pass rush. Justin also has a very strong arm and fundamentally sound throwing mechanics. At 6'4 he can easily see over tall linemen and distribute the football to whomever he pleases.

This past summer, Tyler camped at Clemson, Auburn, South Carolina, and Georgia and he also attended the Florida and Georgia Tech camps the year before that. Currently, the Tigers hold a slight lead over Ole Miss, Georgia, Auburn and Mississippi State. The Tigers have not yet offered, but that is probably only a formality at this point.

Two other schools, Wake Forest and Kentucky have also entered the picture but they should be minor players as the signing day draws closer. The South Carolina Gamecocks are not in his top 5 at this point.

Tyler is being projected as having no problems with qualifying as he has a GPA that is over 3.5 and an SAT score that is close to 1000.

It appears as though this could be another fight between Clemson and Georgia. He's indicated numerous times that those are the two schools that have recruited him the hardest, even though there have not been any formal offers from either school at this point. Tyler really has all the tools to succeed anywhere he goes, and he'll stay somewhere in the south.

Can anyone else out there imagine this kid throwing touchdown passes to Mario Raley and Kelvin Grant on a crisp Saturday evening in Death Valley? Just thought I'd throw that out there.

We'll keep you updated on Justin's progress throughout this season. Top Stories