The QB Situation

Florida State had been on a roll recruiting since about November of 2009, yesterday saw the first bit of bad news when Quarterback Nick Marshall committed to Georgia. Once thought to be the Noles top target at QB, it appears he committed to the Bulldogs to play Defensive Back.

Marshall's athleticism was what made him such an intriguing prospect, he was an ideal fit after taking the more pro style Clint Trickett in 2010. While he certainly could have changed positions at FSU, he would have potentially brought an added dimension.

The next question is do the Noles NEED a Quarterback in this class? That is a tough one to answer because you never want to miss at such an important position. On the flip side, E.J. Manuel, Clint Trickett, and Will Secord will return in 2011 as well as several walk-ons. It is far from a dire situation.

The list of candidates will most likely increase, but three signal callers would appear to be at the forefront. Stephen Rivers (Athens, Alabama) is the younger brother of San Diego Chargers starting QB Phillip. At 6'5-6'6 he has elite size and a strong arm. He received his offer late in the Spring and is expected to make a visit to Tallahassee this summer. He appears to be very high on the Noles and would be our pick today.

Dwyer's Jacoby Brissett won a state title as a junior and at 6'3, 230 he is an intriguing mix of size and athleticism. Brissett loves basketball, but has gotten a lot more interest for football; several schools are saying he could play both. If he was to focus on football, the tools are there for him to be a big time player down the road. One problem is that he is expected to take his time with recruiting, it is unclear if we want to wait until signing day.

Chaminade's Jerrard Randall is a self professed UF fan, but he is not expected to land that offer with Jeff Driskel already on board. He has also openly professed love for Oregon who has offered, but he has not been out there yet. It is an awful long way to go for college and one has to think that perhaps FSU could jump into the mix at some point. Randall has not mentioned FSU with his top schools and thus this has to be seen as an uphill battle to say the least.

There should be a number of QBs that try to earn an offer at FSUs camps. A couple of panhandle signal callers are under two hours away in Milton's Matt Floyd and Pensacola Catholic's Shaun White. Floyd is up to about 10 offers and has a terrific skill set. White is on the short side at 6'0, but he is a sturdy 205 with a powerful arm and is a known play-maker. He would have to considered a longshot. Another in-state QB is Lake Nona's Kevin Sousa, it is unclear where he stands right now in regards to FSU.

Another possibility would be to wait for the senior year risers. Most QBs commit early in the process, that tends to leave late bloomers out there looking for a home. It is a risky move, but Brissett wants to take his time, and this might work in that context.

While the news with Marshall had gotten progressively less optimistic over the past six weeks, this is really the first loss of momentum for the Noles. There are plenty of options still available and those come in a wide variety of athletic packages. It should be an interesting summer, stay tuned to NoleDigest.com for the latest.


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