Florida signed two of the nation's top six quarterbacks in Chris Leak (#2) and Justin Midgett (#6). Both quarterbacks participated in the Student Sports Elite 11 quarterback camp last summer. Both quarterbacks are outstanding QB prospects that are highly competitive. Leak may be the most polished quarterback and prospect in America. Leak and Midgett will both get an opportunity to play as true freshmen and challenge Gavin Dickey, Ingle Martin and the others. It may come down to what quarterback adjusts to the speed of the game the quickest that sees the field the soonest. Everyone just assumes that it's a forgone conclusion that Leak wins the job. He may. Leak is very talented and very motivated. But Midgett didn't sign with the Gators to hold a clipboard for four years. As stated above, both Leak and Midgett are very competitive and extremely hard workers off the field. They will push the heck out of each other and that includes Dickey. They are both true students of the game that live, eat and breath football 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Personally, I think this will be a closer battle than most people think.
Chris Leak (6-0.5, 210, 4.7) of Charlotte (N.C.) Independence High School is one of the more polished quarterbacks you will ever see from the high school ranks. He has solid fundamentals and a terrific release. He shows good velocity on his throws and he can also throw with touch. Leak can throw all the variety of passes and can also throw on the run. He seems to excel on the timing patterns. Leak plays in a spread offense and will find his second and third receivers. When the pocket breaks down, Leak has enough speed, quickness and vision to make the right play. Overall, he is an outstanding QB prospect.
SI.com/ TheInsiders.com Player of the Year… TheInsiders.com 2nd Team All-American Quarterback… BorderWars.com First Team All-South and #1 rated prospect in the South... Leak threw for 15,593 yards and 185 career touchdown passes (national record)… Student Sports Elite 11 participant. Senior season, 336/584 for 5,193 yards and 64 TD passes and 10 rushing TDs... won 46 straight games and led team to three straight state championships.
Justin Midgett (6-4, 200, 4.7) Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte High School has good size and moves well. He has terrific arm strength with a ton of velocity. Midgett throws a bullet out pattern and a beautiful long ball. He also shows with some touch on some seam routes where you have to lay the ball in there. Midgett can also throw on the run and has good mobility.
Participated in the Student Sports Elite 11 quarterback camp… as a senior, threw for 2,489 yards and 21 touchdown passes... Led team to a school-best 13-1 record and appearance in the state semi final game as a senior…Suffered torn ligaments in his right ankle in the second game of his senior season but didn't miss a game.
The Bottom Line
The Florida coaches have to be ecstatic about three talented freshmen quarterbacks (Dickey, Midgett and Leak). Dickey has the big advantage with familiarity of the system and he will get a spring practice under his belt next month. That is a huge plus for Dickey. Having said that, the quarterback competition should be wide open during two-a-days and this fall. That means both Leak and Midgett will get their time to shine and work their way into the playing rotation. Again, especially for the true freshman, it could very well depend on who adjusts to the speed of the game the fastest. Learning of the playbook, coverages, working on reads and progressions will come a little easier for Leak and Midgett than most incoming freshman. Don't be surprised if two and maybe all three, play this season.