Focus 2010: Quarterbacks

Decision and play maker, a young man needs not just physical talent, like a wide receiver or defensive end, but a high football IQ and the ability to think clearly — usually with upwards of 1300-pounds of defenders looking to bury him under the turf he stands on.

In football, and for that matter, perhaps, all sports, the quarterback is king.

Decision and play maker, a young man needs not just physical talent, like a wide receiver or defensive end, but a high football IQ and the ability to think clearly — usually with upwards of 1300-pounds of defenders looking to bury him under the turf he stands on.

For Michigan State, recruiting a 2010 quarterback might not take the coaching staff very far: in Michigan, there is a big three.

The most heralded QB to this point is Devin Gardner out of Inkster. Gardner steered his team to the state finals with a deadly combination of air and ground assaults. The 4-star prospect is drawing national interest and holds a number of offers already, including one he received recently from LSU.

Robert Bolden is another in-state dual-threat QB with nearly a dozen offers himself. The Orchard Lake St. Mary's product is teammate of Dion Sims, a 2009 MSU commit, and could continue the burgeoning OLSM pipeline to MSU.

But traditional drop-back Goodrich QB Joe Boisture might be the most suited to MSU.

Although he is receiving heavy interest from Cincinnati, and a commitment to the Bearcats has been rumored, MSU would be wise to keep the student-athlete on its radar. Zach Heuter pledged to Central Michigan two years ago before donning the Green & White and the Spartans pulled off a major coup landing David Barrent after the standout O-tackle decommitted from Iowa. Anything can happen in the rocky world of recruiting.

In Ohio, Jay Bucher is one to keep an eye on. The Bellbrook High product is one of Ohio's top QB prospects and is hearing from MSU and many others. The 6-foot-4, 213-ponder certainly has the frame to be a signal caller and will showcase his skills at summer camps.

To the west, in Indiana, is Justin Clemens, another big, traditional QB. Clemens will be at the late-March Scout.com combine in Columbus, so the three-sport star's stock could be on the rise very soon.

Further west in Illinois lives a strong QB prospect named Tyler Warden. Warden hears from MSU and teams from as far away as the Pac-10, along with many others. And with his 6-foot-6, 210-pound body, one lucky coach is going to have a lot to work with once Warden gets on campus.

Finally, back east in the Keystone State, is Brian Reese. Reese, who is strong in the classroom, hears from Penn State, MSU and others and plans to make a trip to East Lansing soon.


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