Ole Miss Recruiting: Quarterback

Dan Werner is in his second stint at Ole Miss. The quarterback position was in shambles before he arrived but the position is now becoming a team strength. What is he looking for in the future?

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The Rebels have implemented the spread attack at Ole Miss but coach Werner has an interesting take in the perfect quarterback he is looking for to run that system.

"My ideal quarterback would be a pro-style quarterback who can throw and also run," Werner said at Ole Miss media day on Friday. "We feel like we want to throw the football. Obviously we run out of quarterback a decent amount so he has to be able to run. Not only designed run plays but also when the pocket breaks down and things like that to get first downs for us. The number one thing is we want a guy who can really throw the ball. We don't want an athlete who happens to play quarterback. I want a quarterback who is a good athlete."

The Rebels currently have one quarterback committed in Kendrick Doss and it looks like the Florence, Ala., native will be the only QB Ole Miss signs in the 2014 class.

"We want to take one quarterback in this class. Since the situation with Maikhail Miller went down we haven't really talked about it to any extent yet, but I think the number we take will depend on how the young guys (Devante Kincade/Ryan Buchanan) do this year."

In an ideal world would Ole Miss take one quarterback per class?

"Definitely, yes. There's no doubt that's what we're shooting for. It just balances it out for your team and gives you five scholarship quarterbacks on your team. You have to also understand that it's really hard to convince good quarterbacks to sign when they have another one signing with you. Last year we were very fortunate to be able to do that. We obviously had some depth issues going into this season, and I think they realized that, but that won't be the case in the future."

Next year there are three quarterbacks in Mississippi who are expected to sign with BCS programs in Gardner Minshew, J'Mar Smith, and Ross Trail. Would they like to add one?

"We want to definitely recruit Mississippi and win this state. That's the number one goal in our recruiting philosophy, but we also want to get the best player so if there's a better player out of state we will go that route. All things being equal we would take the guy out of Mississippi. I'd love to add somebody from Mississippi. Some of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game came out of Mississippi so I'd like to keep that going."

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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