QB Recruiting: A Position of Need -- Part III

TurtleSportsReport concludes the three-part series with a look at the local quarterback crop for 2009 ... Several Virginia and Maryland quarterbacks appear on the Terps' recruiting radar, making the '09 class one of the best in recent memory.

Headlining this class is Washington D.C.'s Emmanuel Yeager, who attends Ballou High School. Yeager, known for his mobility, has visited Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and Virginia and has a scholarship offer from Pitt. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback runs a 4.65 40-yard dash.

Yeager's junior season statistics were impressive considering his surrounding talent was lacking. He finished 105 of 222 for 1950 yards, 17 touchdowns to 11 interceptions, 350 rush yards and six rush touchdowns. Yeager previously mentioned his interest in the Terps, and visited for the Boston College game.

There are also two Baltimore-area quarterbacks on the Terps' wish list. Dunbar High School's Tyree White won Honorable Mention All-Metro after a successful junior campaign in which his team won the state championship and finished with a perfect record.

White finished the season 124 for 280 for 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and ran for 10 touchdowns. He even lined up at punter, booting the ball 22 times for a 30.3 yard average. Though White lists Maryland, it is far too early to tell in his recruitment where he is leaning.
Leon Kinnard of Loyola Blakefield in Baltimore is another dual-threat quarterback listing the Terps early. Kinnard led his team to a 9-1 record, though he may not have the size to play quarterback in college. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder threw for 1500 yards, 13 touchdowns and only seven picks, and ran 300 yards for 11 touchdowns en route to being named 2nd-team All-State. With a 4.43 40-yard dash, Kinnard has shown flashes of brilliance.
s of right now, Kinnard has visited Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia and Maryland, and lists Boston College, Alabama and Rutgers as other schools in which he is interested. Sources say Kinnard may be leaning to Rutgers. He was recently invited to the U.S. Army All-American Underclassmen Combine.

A pair of northern Virginia recruits has the Terps attention. Ross Metheny of Stephens City and Bryn Renner of Vienna both put up great numbers and will surely be hearing from Maryland in the future.

Metheny led his Sherando High School team to a 13-1 record in the Virginia AA Division 4 Championship. He finished the season 141 of 228 for 2100 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Known for his 4.65 speed, he fractured his ankle in the championship, which led to the team's only loss of the season.

Metheny has visited Boston College and Virginia, and lists Rutgers, Georgia, UConn, Virginia Tech and Maryland as other schools in which he is interested.

Renner, who studied in the shadows of former West Springfield teammate and outstanding quarterback Peter Lalich, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds. After throwing for more than 2,700 yards, 34 touchdowns and seven picks on 215 of 340 passing attempts, he added nearly 600 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, showing his versatility and mobility lacking in his mentor.

The exhaustive search concludes with three more quarterbacks: CJ Brown of Seneca High School in Cranberry, Pa., Antone Exum of Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Va., and Alex Blake of Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Md.

Brown, another dual-threat quarterback on the seemingly endless list of multitalented passers, has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds. He was the cornerstone of a run-heavy team, throwing it 98 of 211 for 1250 yards and 10 touchdowns. Competing in the uber-talented WPIAL quad-A league, Brown also ran for nearly 600 yards and five touchdowns.

He has started on the varsity basketball team since he was a freshman, attributing to his overall athleticism, and has an offer from Pitt. Brown lists Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers and West Virginia as schools of interest.

Exum has ties to Maryland as his mother was an alumnus of the university. He has been hearing from the Terps and made a visit for the Virginia homecoming game. A two-sport star, Exum is hearing from mid-major schools for basketball as well. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound passer runs a lightning-fast 4.5 40-yard dash.

He is another quarterback on a run-heavy team, as he threw only 119 attempts all year, completing 57 of them for a total of 900 yards, 12 touchdowns to four interceptions, and added 650 rush yards and 11 rush touchdowns. Exum lists the Terps early in his recruitment.

Finally, Alex Blake of Friendly High School is too athletic to not get a look from the Terps. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound signal caller is on perhaps the most run-friendly team in the state. Though he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, he has a talented running back duo of Ohio State-bound Lamaar Thomas and Boston College-bound Josh Haden, making passing less than a top priority for the Patriots.

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