Spring Evaluation: Quarterback

The May evaluation period has been under way for a couple weeks now. At the halfway point the coaches have been all over the country evaluating and checking out prospects for 2011. NoleDigest continues its series of previewing the positions the Seminoles will be recruiting this cycle. In this installment we look at the hotly debated quarterback position.

Florida State has made tremendous strides at quarterback since Jimbo Fisher came aboard in 2007. Since arriving at FSU Fisher has made it a priority to sign at least one quarterback in each class.

This year is no different as there is a group of signal callers emerging during the spring evaluation period that the Seminole coaching staff is targeting. NoleDigest looks at the targets and looks at each player's recruitment at this stage.

Commitments:

No commitments at this time.

Top Targets:

Nick Marshall: Marshall has become an every day topic on FSU message boards. Nick has emerged as the top target for the ‘Noles in 2011 at this stage. Coach Craig has made Marshall a high priority. Everyone who follows recruiting closely knows that Nick is also an extremely talented basketball player and that he is also considering playing that sport in college. There is no question regarding Nick's ability, but there is regarding what he does; does he play both sports, or just one on the next level? FSU is battling right now, and it looks like Georgia's basketball team is the biggest challenger at this time.

Jacoby Brissett: The Dwyer signal caller has had an awesome spring as several schools have offered this spring. FSU, North Carolina, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Louisville have been the programs to offer while others like Miami are showing interest. The coaches at FSU were impressed with the strides Brissett has made, hence his climb up their board. Jacoby has great size at 6'5" and 225 pounds so the size is there. He's shown better mechanics this spring, and he has showed that he can play quarterback in college. FSU is among many schools in the picture at this time. Like Marshall, Jacoby may take a look at playing basketball in college. How much will that play a role in his decision?

Justin Worley: Worley emerged onto the recruiting scene as a sophomore when he passed for 3,641 yards and 50 touchdowns, resulting in him being named National Sophomore Player of the Year by MaxPreps. Now that he is a rising senior it is expected that the Rock Hill, SC product will be heavily recruited. Scout.com's Chad Simmons has this to say about Justin, "Worley is a quarterback that has shown flashes of being one of the top 2011 quarterbacks in the South. He has great size that immediately draws attention his way and he has shown good leadership as well. He spends a lot of time in the shotgun, so there are still questions about him under center. He throws with good accuracy typically, but needs to work on arm strength, and his release." FSU has just started picking up their interest in Worley. Coach Craig has been by to evaluate him, and an offer has been extended. When Justin visits this summer we'll know more about were the Seminoles stand. He is a recruit to keep an eye on because he has a lot of potential.

Kiehl Frazier: As Scout.com's 4th rated passer for 2011 Frazier is as talented as any quarterback that FSU is targeting this recruiting cycle. FSU is just getting into the game with Kiehl as the coaches were very impressed by what they saw when they checked him out this spring. Frazier has excellent size, has a cannon for an arm and has stellar mobility for a QB. At this stage NoleDigest expects FSU to offer, but it may be too late. The Seminoles are a program Frazier has some interest in, though.


Randall is an elite athlete learning the QB position.
Chad Simmons, Scout.com


Jerrard Randall: Randall is more of an athlete at this stage but he has a ceiling as a quarterback that makes him a very interesting prospect. Jerrard has arguably the strongest arm in Florida, and he is one of the states fastest players regardless of position. Randall has told Scout.com that FSU has been recruiting him since he was in the 10th grade and that he has interest in the Seminoles. Some feel Randall is best suited for a spread offense, thus Oregon and Florida are considered the favorites. Oregon has been rumored to be close to a commitment from Jerrard while Florida took a commitment from Jeff Driskel. If Jerrard continues to emerge as a consistent and legit quarterback in the spring look for FSU to turn up the heat.

Marquise Williams: The Mallard Creek star is often over shadowed by fellow North Carolina product Christian Lemay, but Marquise is a standout in his own right. Williams finished his junior season with 2,400 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing for a total of 40 touchdowns. His dual threat ability has led to offers from LSU, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and a slew of others as spring is here. FSU has been by to check Williams out. He told NoleDigest after the visit that his coaches weren't informed if an official offer was going to be extended. Nonetheless he is a recruit to keep an eye on as spring unfolds and as we head into summer.


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