Football Recruiting: Quarterback Targets

The Wildcats coaching staff have extended scholarship offers to five quarterbacks. Get the breakdown on each quarterback and several other prospects in this <i>FREE</i> exclusive breakdown of UK's top gunslinger targets for 2004.

"We've got to bring in two quarterbacks; one that is more of a dual threat guy and another that is an athletic pocket passer." - UK Recruiting Coordinator Joker Phillips

Bill Stull 6'3 185 4.65 Pittsburgh (PA)
The gem of the group of recruited quarterbacks, Stull has all the intangibles needed to be a successful quarterback at the next level and in particular UK. Stull is a drop-back passer with excellent mobility inside the pocket and good footwork that can escape any initial rush. He possesses a very good arm and can throw with touch or velocity when needed. His biggest strength and the factor that makes him such an important recruit for Kentucky is his unique ability to throw on the run. Stull has the rare gift that extends beyond his years in the way he squares his body while on the move. It is that ability that would make him such an asset to a program like Kentucky where the quarterback must make quick decisions on the move. The 6-foot-4 standout's only weakness, right now, is experience at the position. Stull started just nine games at quarterback last season, but that only shows how high the potential is for the young man from the Keystone State. (Offered Scholarship)
TheInsiders Video of Bill Stull - #13

Tray Rutland 6'3 205 4.6 East Point (GA)
Rutland is the biggest unknown at this point but there is no hiding his upside because he is such a freak athlete. Many claim him to be the next Michael Vick and while he does have exceptional quickness and speed, his quarterback "saavy" is nowhere near the level of the Atlanta quarterback or the level of the other offered quarterbacks. He has good size, speed, excellent quickness in the pocket and certainly can make plays with the ball in his hands, but his tendancy to run and his lack of experience at the position has left many questioning whether or not he can play QB in college. He is claiming many offers at this point and will certainly be one to watch as the recruiting season trucks along, but whether or not he'll even get a shot at the quarterback spot is still up in the air. (Offered Scholarship)
TheInsiders Video of Tray Rutland - #2

Curtis Pulley 6'4 195 4.5 Hopkinsville (KY)
Lost in the shuffle of quarterback talk has been the Hopkinsville product, whom has been rumored to have been offered a shot at playing quarterback by the staff. The dual threat gunslinger can be best described as a freak athlete, blessed with supreme talent and size. When you first gaze your eyes on Pulley, you can't help but salivate at the possibilities. At 6'4, he has the size to play linebacker, quarterback, safety, tight end, or receiver at the next level. From his upper and lower body to his speed and size, what separates Pulley from the rest is his play-making ability. Nobody demands more attention and respect then "Pull." He is the type of player you can't help but want the ball in crunch time and that rare athlete that plays his best when the spotlight shines the brightest. (Offered Scholarship)

Jordan Sorrells 6'2 180 4.8 Greenville (SC)
The top player at Kentucky's 7-on-7 this summer, Sorrells is a traditional drop back passer that like Bill Stull, has a tremendous ability to throw on the run. At 6'2 he is a bit undersized and does not possess the strong arm that the other offered quarterbacks possess, but what he lacks in size and arm strength, the gunslinger from Greenville makes up for with football smarts and grit. Sorrells is extremely "heady" and plays within himself no matter what the costs. A coach's son; he understands the game and does the little things to give his team the best chance to win. He's a proven winner that will add tremendous leadership skills to whichever school he chooses to attend next fall. (Offered Scholarship)
TheInsiders Video of Jordan Sorrells - #15

Josh Portis 6'4 190 4.53 Woodland Hills (CA)
One of the top prospects in the West, Portis certainly fits the protypical quarterback prospect for Ron Hudson's system. At 6-foot-4 he has the build to go along with his speed and his cannon for an arm. He has nice touch on his fade routes and can already throw the 15 yard out-route with supreme accuracy. Portis' biggest weaknesses appear to be his decision making and his overall experience at the quarterback position. He has a tendancy to rely on his legs at times and does not like to sit in the pocket for too long. His mechanics need work and so does his overall football smarts. Regardless, from all indications, Portis looks to be bound for the West. (Offered Scholarship)

Jason Grant 6'2 200 4.7 Valrico (FL)
Grant is a raw athlete that could see a number of scholarships come his way after the first couple games of the season. Grant attended Kentucky's camp and apparently impressed the coaching staff enough to where they are now recruiting him and keeping in close contact. He's got good size and a quick release with good accuracy. He threw very well at the Auburn camp and hopes to get an offer from them.

Sean Santos 6'0 185 4.7 New Orleans (LA)
The former teammate of Dicky Lyons, Jr. at Holy Cross in New Orleans (LA), Santos is truly a sad story and shows the true disappointing side of recruiting. Santos has all the tools: a good arm, terrific feet, good techique and great knowledge of the game (having started all four years), yet because of his size (6'0), schools have not been knocking on the door to see him. Whomever ends up taking a chance on Santos will be getting a steal of a player and athlete. His release is as quick as any in the country, and he gets good accuracy on his ball. He doesn't need a full wind up to deliver the pass with accuracy and velocity. He has the ability to throw from different angles depending on the pressure in his face. With four years of starting experience coming out of high school, Santos has the ability to read defenses as well as anyone.

Tyler Horne 6'2 185 4.7 Newnan (GA)
Horne is a solid quarterback prospect that plays some top competition in the state of Georgia. The senior gunslinger stars in a wide-open spread passing offense that suits Horne perfect. When given time to throw and set his feet, Horne can make all the throws and is supremely accurate when he is comfortable. He is your prototype drop-back passer that also throws well when rolling right or left as they move their pocket. Horne has a solid arm that can throw with zip or touch. He's very fundamentally sound and has a nice release, throwing a great deep ball and fade pattern. His weaknesses right now are his size and his upside.
TheInsiders Video of Tyler Horne - #1

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