UCLA, West QB Recruiting Gets Interesting

May 5 -- The nation's #1 QB prospect decommitted; the nation's #5 committed: the #9-ranked QB decommitted, and another west coast quarterback continues to collect big-time offers. UCLA, too, is right in the middle of it all...

There are several talented quarterbacks out West this year and it seems like every day, a new twist appears on the scene that affects multiple players and college programs.

When you have a group of quarterbacks being recruited by many of the same colleges, it definitely makes things interesting. Here's our look at who's still on the board, where they could be leaning and who could be the next quarterback to commit.

Lets start with the quarterbacks who are off the board. As mentioned, Tua Tagovailoa, a long time USC lean, announced for  Alabama on Monday and that commitment looks pretty solid right now. Also Tristan Gebbia is locked in with Nebraska and that looks solid as well as does Connor Neville with Washington State.

This is where things get interesting. Longtime Texas A&M pledge Tate Martell backed off his commitment on Wednesday night and will now re-open his recruitment. Martell's de-commitment wasn't too much of a shock for those who had followed his recruitment closely.

Tate Martell

Once former Aggie OC Jake Spavital (Martell's lead recruiter) left the Aggies and headed to Cal, it didn't seem like the signal caller really had the same connection to the school he had before. New A&M OC Noel Mazzone never recruited Martell while at  UCLA  so you had to wonder what kind of match the two would be.

The irony here is UCLA is believed to be a school Martell will look hard at and that was magnified last week when several Bruin commits tweeted to Martell. Ohio State is another program we know he has very high interest in and if Oregon decides to pursue and offer him, we think the Ducks would be a very intriguing option for him. 

Speaking of the Ducks, they're now in the mix for a QB after Ryan Kelley de-committed on Tuesday. Kelley chose the Ducks over Arizona State and UCLA and we've already heard whispers that the Sun Devils could be the team to beat. UCLA will likely reach back out to him and A&M, with the aforementioned Mazzone now on staff, shouldn't be discounted here either.


Jack Sears

The player who's stock is really rising fast right now is Jack Sears. National programs like Tennessee and A&M have offered along with most of the Pac-12. Utah was on Sears before anyone and Washington threw their hat in the ring with an offer a few weeks back.

UCLA offered early in the evaluation period and he'll be on campus Saturday for a visit and USC and North Carolina both offered on Wednesday. The Trojans offer comes on the heels of Tagovailoa choosing Bama. USC saw Sears throw late last week and already have one former Triton QB on the roster in red-shirt freshman Sam Darnold

Sears said he's in no hurry to make a decision right now and is still open to all of the schools that have offered. We hear that often from recruits but with Sears, we actually believe him. He said he didn't grow up a UCLA or USC fan and looks to have sincere interest in schools all over the region and beyond. 

One QB we do think could be close to pulling the trigger is Tyler Lytle. Lytle just visited Colorado over the weekend and it sounds like the Buffs are in a very good spot. Lytle said he loved the trip, likes the direction the program is going as well as the opportunity to compete for playing time right away.

ASU is another school that has been very high on Lytle's list and he was wowed on a recent trip to VanderbiltOregon State has also been very aggressive recruiting Lytle but at the moment, we like where the Buffs are at and won't be surprised if a decision comes sooner than later. 

Chase Garbers is another QB who has seen his stock really blow up this spring. Washington offered earlier in the week and that's one we know Garbers was hoping for. He took a visit to the Husky campus over Spring Break and we actually thought an offer might come at that time.

Cal and Vandy recently offered as well and Garbers just visited the Bears for their Spring Game two weeks ago. ASU has also offered and the signal caller enjoyed his visit to Tempe and even though they have a commitment from Neville, Garbers had a great visit to Wazzu and said the Cougs would be open to taking two quarterbacks this class. 

Few players out West play things closer to the vest than Garbers and he has given no indication of a leader. UCLA recently watched him throw and we know USC has shown some interest and that could pick up as well moving forward. If we had to guess, Washington and Cal are two schools Garbers is most serious about but again, that's a guess since he has yet to publicly name a leader or even top five. 

Braxton Burmeister's recruitment has been a very interesting one to follow as well. He was an early commitment to Arizona but backed off in early March. The Wildcats never stopped recruiting him and Burmeister took an unofficial visit last month.

You don't often see a player commit, de-commit and then re-commit to that same school but it would't shock us if that happened here. Cal recently offered Burmeister but the QB has yet to commit to taking an unofficial visit to Berkeley yet. Washington has also been on him hard for some time and we know Burmeister has real interest in the Huskies at the moment. 

Outside the west, Burmeister visited Indiana and South Carolina and both schools are in the mix here. Utah is another school that is an option for Burmeister and has stayed in steady contact. The QB has no timetable for a decision and it could honestly come anytime between now and August. 

We definitely can't forget about Kaymen Cureton, who was just offered by Alabama last week. Cureton is a dual-threat QB who could play multiple positions in college but is being recruited primarily as a quarterback.

He committed to San Jose State early in the process and despite offers from schools all over, remains committed to the Spartans. He does plan to visit LSU, who offered as a QB/ATH and will also check out South Carolina and Alabama over the summer.

Although it's tough to see the Spartans holding on to Cureton with some of the elite national programs coming after him, they continue to battle and the QB has yet to back off his commitment. Cureton is still waiting for his first Pac-12 offer to roll in and it will be interesting to see what summer camps he attends and if an offer from a school closer to home gives him something to think about.


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