Quarterback a top priority for Nebraska

Nebraska failed to land a quarterback in the 2005-06 class and have started early in trying to identify some top targets in the nation for 2006-07. Letter of intent day was just days ago, but already Nebraska has offered at least five quarterbacks. Who has Nebraska targeted early for a spot in 2007's class?

The situation at Nebraska for quarterback will be very attractive to seniors to be. Zac Taylor will be entering his senior year and after a very successful year this year at the helm he has cemented himself as the starter next year.

Behind Taylor is Harrison Beck who burned his redshirt year for one game, but that game was a Nebraska win. Beck should enter the spring and fall as the solid number two.

After Taylor and Beck though is a bit of a hodge-podge. You have Jordan Adams who is a junior and Joe Ganz and Beau Davis who are both sophomores. Davis has seen the most action of the three when he entered a hostile situation in Lubbock and threw four interceptions.

This year Nebraska could take two quarterbacks, but instead of creating another logjam at a position it is more likely that Nebraska will only take one. Nebraska has already offered six quarterbacks that Big Red Report knows of. Here are those six.

Ryan Mallett - Mallett is not just be the top signal caller in the Lonestar State, he is also one of the top in the nation. He is a prototypical prospect with good size and a strong arm. Mallett comes in at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds. Mallett had a completion percentage of over 60% on the season throwing for 2,279 yards and throwing 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Baylor was the first to offer Mallett, but Nebraska, Arkansas, Texas and Michigan have also followed suit. Texas and Arkansas might be the frontrunners for Mallett as of right now and with the recent signing of Mitch Mustain it could give an advantage to Texas.

G.J. Kinne - While many have tabbed Mallett as the top quarterback in the state of Texas do not overlook Kinne. Kinne was named Mr. Texas Football as just a junior beating out not only Mallet, but Matt Stafford, Jevon Snead and Greg McElroy. Kinne threw for 4,200 yards as a junior and for over 8,000 in his career. Kinne isn't tipping his hand too much about who the offers are from, but it has been disclosed that Baylor, Alabama, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. Kinne has some ties to Baylor now with his father taking an assistant coaching position there after being G.J.'s high school coach the past three years.

Phillip Bates, Jr. - Bates has been offered by Nebraska as a quarterback, but if you ask those that have seen him play he might be better suited to play at another position in college. He has good size and speed (6-foot-2, 190 pounds and a 4.6/40), but what people say about Bates is that his best days playing football are yet to come. He is an active quarterback at Omaha (Nebr.) North and totaled over 2,000 yards rushing and throwing with 22 total touchdowns and just five interceptions. He has a live, strong arm who can hurt you throwing it deep or tucking it and running. He is the cousin of former Husker, Clinton Childs, and son of former Husker, Kansas City Chief and Detroit Lion, Phillip Bates, Sr.

Latravis Washington - Washington also has ties to Nebraska through his cousin, Fabian Washington, who was a first round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders. Washington is another that seems determined to play quarterback in college, but his playing days could come sooner at another position considering his athleticism. Washington is 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds with 4.5/40 speed. Washington has hauled in offers from Nebraska and Michigan State, both of which he camped at last summer. It seems that the Virginia coaches have gotten to work on Washington early and are his early favorite.

John Chiles - Chiles comes from a Dallas-metro area school known for turning out college talent. He is one of three quarterbacks from Texas to already hold Nebraska offers. Chiles has a live arm as well and can tuck it and run. He is another player that while he would prefer to play quarterback in college he may not end up playing there at all. He is 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds with a 4.45/40. When you see him play you might think that you are looking at a future tailback because of his ability to cut, but don't rule out the possibility that a college team could look at him as a wide receiver or as a defensive back.

If something can be said about the players that Nebraska has offered you might begin to see a trend, other than with Mallett, for a quarterback that is more "dual-threat". Kinne, Washington, Bates and Chiles all possess speed in the 40 of at least 4.6-seconds. Could it be a return to the option quarterback at Nebraska. Not likely as all quarterbacks that have been offered that could be titled as dual-threat seem to be more pass first and run second. They also all have live arms and have been productive as a quarterback.

While many will sit back and wait what is in store for Nebraska and recruiting quarterbacks in 2007, it seems that Nebraska is already off and running with having identified at least five quarterbacks to offer already.

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