With signing day 2009 in the rearview mirror, InsideMizzou will take a look at how Missouri's class compared to its biggest Big XII North rivals at each of the position groups.
We will start today by looking at the quarterback recruits.
Missouri - The Tigers signed two quarterbacks Wednesday, Blaine Dalton (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Ashton Glaser (Sprindale, Ark.). Both quarterbacks are already enrolled in classes in Columbia and will be trying to make a good impression during spring practices.
Dalton, a 6-foot-1, 185 pound, four-star recruit, was the Tiger's second commitment for the '09 class after leading Blue Springs South to two 6A Missouri State Championship games. A great athlete, Dalton was as much a threat with his legs as his arm during his senior year of high school.
As a passer Dalton possesses very solid arm strength and shows solid accuracy when he is allowed to step into his throws.
Glaser (6-foot-2, 205) put up gaudy numbers in his junior and senior seasons at Springdale High School while orchestrating a pass-first attack that bears a striking resemblance to the offense in Columbia. Despite his two-star ranking, Glaser drew attention from numerous schools late in the process thanks to his great mechanics and ability to accurately make all of the throws.
As a runner, Glaser does not quite match Dalton or possess breakaway speed, but he is by no means strictly a pocket-passer.
Nebraska – Judging from their commitment list, the Cornerhuskers also brought in two signal-callers in their 2009 class. However, it looks likely that Corona, Cal. quarterback Taylor Martinez will actually start out in the defensive backfield upon arriving in Lincoln, Neb.
Out of all of the quarterbacks committed to Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas, Nebraska came away with the highest-ranked player in Cody Green (Dayton, Tex.). Green is a dual-threat quarterback who earned scholarship offers from around the country after missing most of his junior year due to a right ankle injury.
At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Green possesses ideal size for a quarterback. He is also a dangerous runner once he gets moving north and south. As a passer, Green shows nice touch and accuracy, but it will be interesting to see how his arm strength plays at the Big XII level.
Kansas – Like Missouri, the Jayhawks brought in two quarterbacks in the 2009 recruiting class. Jordan Webb is a 6-foot-1, 198 pound signal caller from Union, Mo. and Christian Mathews is a 6-foot-3, 180 pound quarterback from Arlington, Tex.
In Webb and Mathews, the Jayhawks brought in two very different types of quarterbacks. Webb is shorter quarterback who does not wow people with his arm strength or speed. He put up great numbers in high school against inferior competition with precise accuracy and intelligence.
In a lot of respects, Webb might remind Kansas' fans of their current quarterback Todd Reesing. Neither had colleges drooling over them in high school, but both are adept scramblers and throw with plenty of accuracy.
Mathews on the other hand has great ability when he tucks the ball but is not nearly as polished as Webb when it comes to the passing game. With Mathews, the Jayhawks are getting good potential but it will take hard work for Mathews to fulfill that potential.