2012 Class Analysis: Quarterbacks

The University of Miami needed multiple quarterbacks in this class and they were able to sign three of them. Lets take a closer look at the quarterback class.

Coming Back: The Hurricanes are returning just two quarterbacks from the 2011 team -- junior Stephen Morris and sophomore Ryan Williams. Al Golden talked about his desire to have five quarterbacks on campus competing every year and that's a big reason why the Canes went out and signed three in this class. All three were needed and it'll only help the overall level of competition.

Best part about this class: The day Golden got this job just over 13 months ago, he was looking at a quarterback roster that would have just one scholarship quarterback (Morris) for the spring of 2012. In addition to getting a transfer (Williams) last year, it was hugely important that he convince a couple quarterbacks to enroll early for the spring semester. Dewey and Crow did that. Having those two guys, in addition to Morris and Williams, for the spring will just make things that much more competitive and make winning the job that much more difficult for each of them.

Another plus is that all three of the quarterbacks attended at least one of Miami's summer camps last June. That means all three had a chance to be evaluated in person, coached by UM offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, and could show off what type of learners they were, what type of competitors they were. UM's coaches saw all those things up close and personal last summer and they continued recruiting all three after those camps. There shouldn't be any surprises as to how each of these three players approach the game.

All three of these quarterbacks were offered very early in the recruiting process last year. They all had offers before spring football even started for each of them. Miami saw them early and made sure they were made priorities. A lot of college programs sign one quarterback who they offered very late in the process for various reasons. Miami recruited each of these kids for almost the entire year.

Most concerning thing about this class: The two quarterbacks the Hurricanes signed from the state of Florida (Crow and Thompson) each had just one Division 1 scholarship offer at the time of their commitments to the Hurricanes. They were very lightly recruited by other programs. Dewey was more heavily recruited than the other two.

Dewey has a history with injuries. Thompson is under 6-feet and could end up playing professional baseball instead. Crow's production numbers in high school were always subpar.

Preston Dewey
On the field: Dewey transferred to St. Andrews High in Austin, Texas as a junior to play under former BYU All-American Ty Detmer. He finished his junior season with 1,500 yards passing, 13 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He also added more than 200 on the ground. As a senior, Dewey played in just five games because of injury (broken non-throwing arm) but had around 800 yards and eight touchdowns. He was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game and had a solid week of practice there. He was unable to play in the game, however, due to a minor hip injury.

The recruiting process: Dewey landed early scholarship offers from major programs like Tennessee and UCLA before Miami came calling in April. He committed to the Hurricanes in early June after making a visit to the school for a summer camp. He remained solidly committed to the Canes, never wavered (despite late offers from schools like Ole Miss), and only took one visit.

As a prospect: At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, Dewey has a solid arm that enables him to make a lot of throws on the field. He's a decent enough athlete to buy some extra time with his feet and even make some yards on the ground. He's very accurate, too, and won an accuracy competition at one of the regional Elite 11 events. Perhaps his best attribute is his knowledge and understanding of the game. Coached by Detmer, Dewey is a true student of the game and the Canes haven't had that at quarterback in several years.

Gray Crow
On the field: Crow helped lead Countryside High to the state playoffs two years in a row. In those two seasons, their regular season record was 20-1. As a senior Crow completed 56-percent of his passes for just over 1,600 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

The recruiting process: Crow received an offer from the Hurricanes in early February of last year and he decided to pull the trigger in favor of the Canes following a Junior Day trip to the school about a week later. He remained strong with that commitment and never wavered or took any other visits.

As a prospect: At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Crow has ideal size. He has a strong enough arm to make just about every throw on the field. He's a good leader on the field and just knows how to win. He throws a catchable ball and has a real good understanding of the game. His production numbers are a bit concerning for a major college quarterback prospect and he lacks the mobility to make anything happen with his feet.

David Thompson
On the field: Thompson completed 62-percent of his passes for 1,650 yards, nine touchdowns, and just two interceptions. He was more dangerous on the ground, running for just under 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns. He led his team to the state playoffs at the small school level.

The recruiting process: Thompson received an offer from the Canes at one of their Junior Day events last February. He committed soon after and never wavered or visited any other schools.

As a prospect: At 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, he lacks ideal size for a major college quarterback prospect. He played very small school competition and didn't put up great passing numbers. He has a rocket for an arm, though, and can make every throw. He makes very good decisions and takes very good care of the football. His athleticism and ability to run the football, especially down close, is outstanding. He's also a very talented baseball player and will likely be in the mix there, too.

Looking Ahead: The Hurricanes will have five quarterbacks on its 2012 roster so they will likely take one or none in the 2013 class. One key name to watch is Kevin Olsen, one of the nation's premier quarterback prospects who also happens to be the younger brother of former UM tight end Greg Olsen. Kevin has already visited Miami, camped there, and also holds an offer from the Canes. He might be at the very top of the board for the 2013 class.


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