Recruit Roundup: Quarterback

Florida State has had some terrific QBs in the last 20 years. Players like Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke, Christian Ponder and Danny Kanell were some of the best in the nation. Ponder was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, which opens the door for the very talented E.J. Manuel to leave his mark on the program. What about the "future" future? NoleDigest takes a look.

The Players

Will Secord (RS Sophomore)

Clint Trickett (RS Freshman)

Jacob Coker (Freshman)

Secord is the veteran amongst the back-ps, but he is not likely to find himself No. 2 on the depth chart. He lacks the arm strength and accuracy necessary to excel in coach Jimbo Fisher's offense. He is valuable depth. Trickett figures to grab the No. 2 job this year after redshirting a year ago. He has struggled to add weight, and that was the only area that was questionable when he was a recruit. With Manuel having two years to start, there is plenty of time for that to happen, but Trickett figures to see increased competition going forward.

Coker is the wild card here. He reported at 6-5, 235 and is a very underrated athlete. Reports have been positive in regards to his tools -- now he has to become comfortable in the offense. It would be wonderful for him to be able to redshirt this year. Another area he needs to work on is the short to intermediate throws, in particular throwing those balls with less zip.

The QB depth chart has four players on it, which is considered ideal for a collegiate program.

The Recruits

Jameis Winston

Sean Maguire

While Manuel was a five-star recruit, he did not have the accolades that Winston has right now. The athlete from Hueytown, Alabama, is considered a perfect fit in Fisher's offense, and the sky is the limit in terms of his potential. He is a rock-solid verbal commitment, but that does not tell the whole story. Major League Baseball rumors follow him, and we simply will not know what could happen there until it does happen. FSU has an outstanding baseball program as well, and he could choose to play both sports in college -- at least early in his career.

Maguire commited first and has said that he does not have any issue's with FSU taking two QBs. This speaks volumes about the kid's confidence and mental makeup. While Winston has garnered the headlines, it was Maguire who put together an outstanding camp this summer. He is a better athlete than he is given credit for and possesses a plus arm. Physically he needs some time, but the frame is there to add the weight. Don't sleep on this kid.

The "Future" Future

Quarterback recruiting for 2013 is going to be VERY interesting. As it stands today, FSU could have SIX QBs on the roster in 2012, with only one senior: the projected starter, Manuel. Five are projected to be on the roster in 2013, and that is before FSU has landed a recruit But will all five still be there? That is a great question and one that is basically unanswerable right now. The more of these things that happen, the more of a need QB will be in the 2013 class.

Does Winston play baseball?

If he does, the need for a big-time QB in the 2013 class goes up exponentially.

Is Secord a five-year player?

It's tough to answer that question right now, but to get that fifth year, he will need to be top two on the roster at some point. As of today, that seems unlikely.

Trickett's future?

Trickett is a very cerebral QB and a very competitive young man. This is a player that could play at a lot of places across the country. At 185 pounds, he simply may not be able to hold up as a starter at the FBS level, and that could force him to look elsewhere for playing opportunity. On the flip side, he has a father and a brother who are coaches, and he could just plan to go that direction in the future as well. Let's hope that the weight starts to come, and then he is clearly in the mix going forward.

Is Coker starter material?

We think that answer is yes right now. Coker flew under the radar on the recruiting trail, but he was very coveted by quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig. His size is elite, and the athleticism is there. Only time will tell how develops mentally.

Five for 2013

Johnathan McCrary (Georgia): The son of an NFLer, McCrary has shown a lot of interest in FSU thus far, including attending camp. He is also a basketball standout. At 6-4, he is on the thin side but has good tools moving forward.

Jeremy Johnson (Alabama): Could FSU go to Alabama for a QB for the third straight year? It is possible because of Johnson's potential and his high interest in FSU. He is another athletic passer and one that stands 6-3 today.

Luke Falk (California): Plays at the same school that Joe Montana's boys and Jimmy Clausen did. That school has the reputation of being a QB factory, and FSU has been one of the first schools showing interest.

Darryl Richardson (Armwood): It is hard to not drool over the potential of the 6-6 Richardson. He is at least 230 pounds already with a BIG arm. A recent transfer to Armwood, he is in position for a huge junior season. The bad news is that Armwood is very pro-UF, so FSU has not done very well recruiting there.

Asiantii Woulard (Winter Park): This is a player that that has a ton of potential. An excellent athlete, he has an accurate arm to go with a lot of moxie. Big things are expected of him this year, and he has some outstanding WRs to throw to. Will he follow D'Vario Montgomery? He could, and that would be bad news for FSU.


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