Recruiting Florida: The 2015 Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks from the state of Florida have won the last two Elite 11 competitions and the 2015 crop appears to be another deep year. There is a wide range of talent to fit every different type of offense.

THE KNOWN

Torrance Gibson, 6-3, 185, American Heritage-Plantation

Highlights

Gibson was known as a top athlete since he stepped foot on campus, he needed to wait his turn as a freshmen and sophomore, but he busted out as a junior ultimately winning the state title. He is an elite athlete that has big-time upside at WR or S, but wants to play QB and flashes enough tools that with hard work, he should get that opportunity. Any offense that gets Gibson into space will be a productive one.

Dwayne Lawson, 6-4, 215, Tampa Hillsborough

Yet another big athlete, Lawson has been more effective running the football, but also possesses a cannon arm and has improved yearly. Lawson is being heavily recruited early and is one of the top prospects in the Tampa Bay area. Lawson needs to work on the finer points of throwing the ball, including working on his release.

Christian Alexander, 6-3, 200, Lakeland Christian

Highlights

Alexander has picked up an early offer from Miami and is known for his rock solid all around game. He possesses good size, has a big arm, and is very accurate. He can also make plays with his feet. He does play a lower level of competition, but film does not lie and he makes many college level throws, almost always accurately.

Deandre Johnson, 6-1, 180, Jacksonville First Coast (Committed to FSU)

Highlights

Johnson has been committed well over a year already, he led his team to the state title game as a freshmen. He is throwing the ball with a little more zip and is a threat outside the pocket due to his athleticism. Johnson would project to WR or DB if changed positions, but is expected to stay at QB. Johnson needs to get more accurate on throws down the field.

SOON TO BE KNOWN

James Pensyl, 6-6, 190, Land O'Lakes

Highlights

Land O'Lake has seen some QBs over the past decade including the three Weatherford brothers. The southpaw has the type of height that is coveted by colleges and his passes show a ton of zip down the field. Pensyl is going to need some weight on this long frame as he is light in the seat, but we love how he gets the ball out early and on time. Has good touch down the field and can move enough to buy time in the pocket.

Jeremiah Henderson, 6-3, 230, Sarasota Booker

Highlights

It has been awhile since Booker was a factor on the West Coast, but they were this year and Henderson was a big part of that success. He has incredible size which allows him to run the ball physically for big yards. He shows just enough as a passer to be intrigued with his long term potential. Henderson is very raw from a coaching stand-point, but that speaks to his ultimate upside.

Ryan Stanley, 6-3, 205, Pembroke Pine Flanagan

Highlights

Here is another big, pro style type quarterback that can throw darts all over the field. Stanley was very productive as a junior and his best days are still a few years away. We love how he keeps his eyes down the field and shows patience in the pocket.

Deondre Francois, 6-1, 190, Orlando Olympia

Highlights

Here is a player that you might think will change positions----he certainly could---but when you see the film you see a ton of plus throws and he is an excellent play-maker. He shows good anticipation and gets the ball down the field. Francois is real trouble outside the pocket.

Sage Attwood, 6-1, 200, Cape Coral Ida Baker

Highlights

Attwood was the most dominant player in Lee County as a junior as his combination of throwing and running kept defenses on their heels. A student of the game, Attwood has excellent touch down the field, but is also able to put some zip on throws when he needs it. He is one of the better read option QBs in the state and still appears to possess upside.

Deundre Pickett-White, 6-1, 180, Miami Southwest

Highlights

Miami Southwest has been quiet recruiting wise since Lamarcus Joyner left in 2009, but Pickett-White is one of two D-1 prospects in the 2015 class. An outstanding athlete, DPW is elite outside the pocket and shows a natural feel to the position. He will need to improve his arm strength (and stop throwing off the back foot), but those things are coachable. He could be recruited similarly to 2014 prospect Alin Edouard (Hialeah).

MAY BE KNOWN

Patrick Coats, 6-2, 220, South Miami

Highlights

Big athlete that was very productive as a junior, may change positions.

Austin Evarts, 6-3, 220, Palm Bay Bayside

Highlights

Physical runner with good size. Needs to get his elbow up on throws and work on a quicker release.

Tucker Beirne, 6-2, 220, Miami Christopher Columbus

Highlights

Big pro style type QB that made some strides as a junior. Accurate ball down the field.

Brian Sanchious, 6-6, 220, Oakland Park Northeast

Highlights

Ridiculous size, might be 6-7 and has all the tools. Runs hot and cold, when he has confidence he shows flashes of being a dominant player.

OTHERS TO WATCH

Tucker Israel, Lake Nona

Caleb Lewis, Lakeland Victory Christian

Brad Mayes, Tampa Berkley Prep

Quint Gornto, Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee

Daniel Parr, Palm Beach Dwyer

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