Sunshine State Recruiting Update: QB

Traditionally summer has been the end of quarterback recruiting as most top signal callers have made their college choices. That has not played out (yet) in the state of Florida as three of the top four QBs are still undecided. We go inside the state and look at who has done well, who is available, and what might happen in the future.

The Commitments

Dwayne Lawson, 6-4, 210, Tampa Hillsborough

Skinny: Committed to Miami. The 'Canes landed Kevin Olsen in 2013 and followed that up with Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier in 2014. Those are important pick-ups as Lawson is a high upside prospect, but one that will need some develop time. He should get that time in Coral Gables and 2-3 years down the road he has the talent to be among the top signal callers in the country. Big arm. Nice frame. Can do some things with his feet. He will need to shorten his delivery and work on some mechanical things, but he appears to be an excellent fit for what Miami needed.

James Pensyl, 6-6, 215, Land O Lakes

Skinny: Committed to Oregon State. This southpaw was flying well under the radar until Oregon State swooped in and accepted his verbal. Ideal size, big arm, and enough athleticism to elude pressure, Pensyl has the tools to play on Sunday down the road. He can be a bit streaky so he needs to work on the consistency, but he has improved greatly with his anticipation and nobody gets the ball downfield better in the state.

DeAndre Johnson, 6-0, 170, Jacksonville First Coast

Skinny: Committed to Florida State. Johnson led his team to the state title game as a freshmen and quickly followed that up with a verbal to his dream school in FSU. A jack of trades, Johnson does everything well, but lacks an elite quality. While he is athletic, he seems dead set on QB and might face an uphill battle for playing time in Tallahassee considering Jimbo Fisher's track record at QB (Jameis Winston will be his 4th straight first round QB). His recruitment appeared to be done, but there is a chance that FSU adds a second QB and it is unclear how that would affect Johnson.

Tucker Isreal, 5-11, 190, Lake Nona

Skinny: Committed to Clemson. Israel has put up video game numbers in Lake Nona's passing offense and he is clearly capable of distributing the football to many targets. Consistent and dependable. He lacks the height that schools are looking for, but is able to get outside the pocket and make plays. Clemson landed one of the nation's best QBs last year in Deshaun Watson so Israel should have time to develop.

Christian Alexander, 6-3, 215, Lakeland Christian

Maurice Alexander, 5-10, 170, Miami Booker T. Washington

Skinny: Committed to FIU. Both Alexander's (not related) give FIU some options as they try to re-build the program. Christian is a highly productive pro style QB that received a lot of looks from the big boys. Maurice will look to keep the Booker T train rolling as he replaces Treon Harris in 2014. More of an athlete, he could factor in at several positions down the road.

Daniel Parr, 6-3, 190, Palm Beach Dwyer

Skinny: Committed to FAU. If you have not noticed the FAU Owl's making some noise on the recruiting trail, you are not paying attention. Parr led his team to the state title game and simply put, he gets the job done. Very consistent, he can make most of the throws and has physical upside as he develops. Excellent pick-up here and we think he is a starter down the road.

The Uncommitted

Torrance Gibson, 6-4, 200, American Heritage- Plantation

Skinny: Gibson has been rumored to be a lean to a number of schools throughout the process, but it looks like Tennessee, Auburn, Ohio State, and LSU are still firmly in the thick of it. An ELITE athlete, Gibson could probably make an impact at 4-5 different positions, but he wants to play QB where he will need plenty of work. Very raw. One good thing is that he can make plays with his feet while he learns on the job. However at some point he is going to need to develop the consistency throwing the football and that will start by cleaning up his mechanics. High upside.

Deondre Francois, 6-2, 190, Bradenton IMG Academy

Skinny: This appears to be a two horse race at the moment with FSU and Auburn out in front of several others. Francois has the state's best arm, a cannon that can make all the throws. He actually needs to gear down a little more, particularly on the underneath stuff. At 6-2 he is big enough and he possesses the athleticism to make plays with his feet. He should be ready to make an early impact (maybe a year in the system).

Lamar Jackson, 6-2, 210, Boynton Beach

Skinny: Jackson is not quite as big as Gibson nor as athletic (testing wise), but he comes from the same "genre" of QB. Play-maker that possesses the tools to be a quality signal caller, but will need some developmental time. Jackson was last seen running away from the Miami Central secondary--- he has a lot of "it" in pads on the field. Looks like Nebraska, Auburn, West Virginia, UCF, and Louisville are still in the running. Could easily be a difference maker at receiver or safety.

Other QBs to Keep an eye on

Ryan Stanley, 6-2, 200, Pembroke Pines Flanagan

Sage Attwood, 6-0, 190, Cape Coral Ida Baker

Jeremiah Henderson, 6-3, 250, Sarasota Booker

Deundre Pickett-White, 6-0, 180, Miami Southwest

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