UT Recruiting Update: Quarterbacks

Under new head coach Tim Beckman, expect Toledo's offense to be a bit different than it has been the last few years. With a multi-look spread formation, you need a strong quarterback that can lead the offense. With that in mind, Coach Beckman's first recruiting class will surely have a couple of quarterbacks that fit the mold. So who can we expect?

Under new head coach Tim Beckman, expect Toledo's offense to be a bit different than it has been the last few years. Beckman plans to run a spread offense, like Toledo has done in the past, but also different than what Toledo has done in the past.

Expect Toledo to spread the field more and add more shotgun formations and downfield passing to go along with some screens and running plays by both the running back and the quarterback.

With a multi-look spread formation, you need a strong quarterback that can lead the offense. With that in mind, Coach Beckman's first recruiting class will surely have a couple of quarterbacks that fit the mold. So who can we expect?

Austin Boucher committed to Toledo over the summer, and has remained committed to Beckman and his staff. He has received some recent interest from Ohio State, Georgia Tech, and Iowa, but right now Boucher seems happy with his commitment to Toledo.

Austin led Archbishop Alter high school to a 13-2 record and Ohio Division IV state championship this year. Their two losses were actually wins in the first two weeks of the season that they had to forfeit because of the use of an ineligible player. Boucher is 6-1, 190 pounds, and runs a 4.7 forty yard dash.

Patrick Nickely of Willoughby South High School is another quarterback with an offer from Toledo. Nicely originally gave his verbal commitment to Bowling Green last summer, but opened things back up after the coaching change at BG. The coach that had been recruiting him at Bowling Green was Matt Campbell. Campbell moved to Toledo when Tim Beckman became the head coach, and immediately started recruiting Nicely for the Rockets.

Patrick took an official visit to Toledo on December 12th and will take one to Akron and possibly Ohio University in January. He appears to be looking at Toledo and Akron the most, but Ohio University and even Bowling Green might still be in the mix as well.

Devontae Payne (6-6, 240) is another quarterback that is in the mix for Toledo. He has offers from Toledo and Akron, and is also receiving interest from Syracuse. He visited Toledo this past weekend, December 19th. "I met Coach Beckman and I liked him," said Payne about his visit. Payne was in attendance for the UT men's basketball game against Houston on saturday night as well.

Devontae already took an official visit to Akron on December 5th. He is considering taking an official visit to Syracuse in January, if he receives an offer from them. Otherwise he will likely choose between Toledo and Akron sometime in January.

Nicely and Payne appear to be the top two quarterback prospects still on Toledo's board as they look for another QB to join Austin Boucher in this class. It is very possible that one of those two could end up at Toledo, with the other at Akron.

Other student-athletes that played quarterback in high school, but are likely to play other positions in college are also on the radar. Springfield High School standout Eric Page committed to Toledo back in October, and remains committed to the new coaching staff. He rushed for over 2,300 yards and 34 touchdowns and passed for another 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns as Springfield's quarterback this past season. He is being recruited to Toledo as an athlete and expects to play slot receiver and return kicks for the Rockets.

Fostoria's Micah Hyde, 6-1 and 165 pounds, also has an offer from Toledo. He is being recruited as an athlete that could play either wide receiver or defensive back, as well as kick/punt returner.

Stay tuned to Rocket Digest over the coming weeks as we keep you updated on all Toledo Rocket football prospects as Signing Day 2009 approaches.



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