Ryan's Ramblins - 2013 Recruiting Update - QB

GoJackets.com starts up its series to help you get a view of the big picture in football recruiting for the 2013 class. First, we will take a look at the prospects at the most important position on the field, the quarterback position.

Current Depth Chart:

QB: Tevin Washington, Synjyn Days/Vad Lee, Dennis Andrews, Justin Thomas

Current Seniority Chart:

1 senior – Washington (R)
0 juniors –
1 sophomore – Days (R)
3 freshmen – Lee (R), Andrews, Thomas

(R) = Redshirt

Notes: The quarterback position is always a hot topic for football junkies. In Tech's case, there seems to finally be a bit of quality depth that hasn't been seen in some time. The main question remains – can Tech win the big games with the ones they have? Tevin Washington seems to have held onto his spot throughout spring. As I described in the '12 Recruiting Class Recap, for Tech to have better results on the field, "the QB will need to help balance the offense with a few more touchdowns, particularly against the tougher competition Tech faces." I anticipated Vad Lee making a push in spring and then fall based on passing being a strength of his. Vad has pushed but he's in a fierce competition with Days for the backup role though neither seems any closer to unseating Washington as the starter. Days is really mirroring Washington's progression. For a while many thought that Tevin's running ability would make him a better A-back than Q-back. Days also runs well and even got some looks at A-back this spring but he has reportedly improved on his decision-making at QB as well. This all could create a good problem for the coaches as they may have three capable options (no pun intended) at QB by the first game this year. Lee remains the one with the best long-term upside.

Expected 2013 Class Open Slots: 1
Current Commits: none
Remaining Slots: 1
Prospects: Juwaan Williams, Troy Williams, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Joshua Dobbs

Likelihood of committing is rated in 1 of 5 categories:

  1. We Lead
  2. We Like Our Chances
  3. Could Go Either Way
  4. Leaning Elsewhere
  5. Unlikely But Possible

JUWAAN WILLIAMS (6-0, 172 pounds) from Tucker, Ga. is a three-star prospect ranked as the #56 wide receiver by Scout.com. Williams has an extensive early offer list including: Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and UCF. He showed up at #26 on Chad Simmons Georgia Top 40 list published in February 2012. Williams is being recruited at many different positions. He seems to prefer offense versus defense and GT is the only school offering the chance at quarterback. It's a tactic that worked well last recruiting season with Justin Thomas, another highly rated, talented athlete. Juwaan currently plays QB in an option attack for Tucker High.

Tech seems to figure heavily in Juwaan's thought process so far but to what extent isn't totally clear. He's been to Tech several times and even put Tech in the lead during one interview. "Georgia Tech is leading right now, but I wouldn't necessarily call them the favorite," he told GoJacket.com's Matt Osborne on October 17th, 2011. That was followed up by an article from the 18th on the NC State site where he said this, "I wouldn't say I have any favorites." In his most recent declaration of favorites on February 8th, 2012, he told Osborne, "Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt are definitely at the top." I'd feel a little better about GT's chances if he'd list the Yellow Jackets as leaders during an interview with another site as well. He also seems to want to wrap up the process prior to the start of his senior season, so look for a possible summer commit for Juwaan if he sticks to his plan. Tech being close in proximity and offering a shot at QB could be factors in their favor, but Tech will have to fight off all of the big regional schools, it appears. And ultimately, they will throw anything negative toward Tech to keep him away if Tech continues to look like one of the teams to beat.

Best Guess: We Like Our Chances

JOSHUA DOBBS (6-3, 190 pounds) from Alpharetta, Ga. is a three-star prospect ranked as the #54 quarterback by Scout.com. Dobbs has offers so far from several schools in points across the country including Arizona State, Boston College, Illinois, and Princeton. Dobbs is also receiving interest from schools for baseball. Georgia Tech has not offered at this time but there seems to be some early interest from Tech and other programs like Stanford, Notre Dame, California, and South Carolina. Being close to Atlanta helps Tech's chances particularly when Dobbs has choices across the country. In a March 2011 interview with Randy Moore (Inside Tennessee), he said, "I make straight As, and I have a 3.9 (grade point average). Hopefully, I'll graduate at the top of my class in a couple of years." That would bode well for schools like Stanford and Tech should either extend an offer as he's looking for a mix of a high academic standards and football.

Best Guess: Could Go Either Way

JALEN REEVES-MAYBIN (6-1, 205 pounds) from Clarksville, Tenn. is a three-star prospect ranked as the #49 quarterback by Scout.com. Reeves-Maybin is already loaded down with a ton of early offers including ones from Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Purdue, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Reeves-Maybin totaled 2,730 yards total yards from scrimmage (1,463 yards rushing and 1,267 yards passing) as a QB in 2011 and a jaw-dropping 46 touchdowns. He was also a standout linebacker tallying 85 solo tackles.

Jalen visited Tech over the spring break, but he doesn't plan on addressing his college choice and leanings until after the upcoming season. He's been to Tennessee a number of times already too so you'd have to think that between Tennessee and Vanderbilt, it may be tough to get him out of his home state.

Best Guess: Leaning Elsewhere (Though he hasn't expressly listed a leader)

Troy WILLIAMS (6-2, 190 pounds) from Harbor City, Ca. is a four-star prospect ranked as the #14 quarterback by Scout.com. Williams currently has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, UCLA, Washington, and SMU. He threw for 3,247 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2011 as a junior. Scout.com's West Recruiting Team ranked Troy as the #3 QB in the West in March 2012.

The scouting report from West Recruiting Team was as follows: "Simply put, Williams is a winner. He led his 1925 squad to the championship last summer at the Badger Sports 7 on 7 National Championship and then led the Gauchos to their first ever L.A City title. At the HS level, Williams is a dual threat quarterback who can make plays with his arm or his legs. He's as dangerous outside of the pocket as he is in it. He can still improve on tightening his release a bit but he throws a very catchable ball and makes quick decisions. He's a natural leader and could really flourish in the right system."

Williams has never visited GT and he intends to enroll early in college. The Jackets are considered a long shot as there no longer seems to be any interest on his part. "I'm hearing the most from Washington, Georgia Tech, UCLA and Arizona State," Williams told Greg Biggins (Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst) on March 28, 2012. Although Tech put in a good effort to get him to switch coasts, UCLA and Washington look to be his leaders . A late offer from Florida may change his plans to make a decision at the end of the month.

Best Guess: Unlikely But Possible

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