Recruiting Review: Quarterbacks

When it comes to quarterbacks, Larry Coker and his staff appear to have a philosophy of signing one big time player every year. That's been the case in recent years under Coker, with the signings of Marc Guillon, Kyle Wright, and now Kirby Freeman.

Back in the spring, it appeared that UM was only actively recruiting three quarterback prospects -- Freeman, Pennsylvania's Chad Henne, and Florida's Drew Weatherford.

Weatherford never got a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes, while Henne claimed one. He was scheduled to take an unofficial visit to see the campus the first part of August but he never showed up. That's because UM found their quarterback of the future in late June.

Freeman, 6-2 and 180 pounds, showed up for UM's summer camp in late June. For three days, he worked out in front of the UM coaches and obviously was very impressive. A day after returning home from the camp, Freeman received a scholarship offer from the UM coaches and committed to Miami the following day.

Personally, I like what Freeman brings to the table. Anytime you're redshirting a player the caliber of Kyle Wright, it's going to be very difficult to land a big time quarterback prospect that same year. That's what UM did, mainly because Freeman doesn't care about the status of Wright.

"I know Kyle's a great quarterback and they're very excited about him but that doesn't take anything away from who I am or what I plan to do," Freeman said. "I'm going to compete with anyone they have on the roster. I'm confident in my abilities and I'm just going to work really hard, hoping to get the job after Brock."

That competitiveness that Freeman brings to the table is something you can't coach. It's something most quarterback prospects don't have -- especially the ones with all the fanfare. Athletically, he's very impressive. He ran the ball a lot at the high school level and can really hurt opposing defenses with his feet. He's a very accurate passer, in the mold of a Kenny Dorsey in that aspect of his game. He's a tough kid that was a tremendous leader at the high school level.

Everyone likes to talk about the arm strength, the mechanics, and those types of things when evaluating a quarterback prospect. However, the most important things to look for are mental toughness, competitiveness, accuracy, and leadership skills. Freeman has those attributes and he's entering into a really interesting situation because he'll have some outstanding young players surrounding him.

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