Utah's Struggle To Land Elite QB Continues

Pac 12 schools continue to land elite quarterbacks while Utah struggles to catch up

Recruiting experts have been pointing to 2015 as the year of the quarterback for quite some time now. That's especially true on the West coast where eight of the top 13 signal callers hail from the region, including seven from California. The top two quarterbacks are Southern California kids and both are now committed to Southern California schools with top ranked Ricky Town headed to USC and second ranked Josh Rosen picking UCLA. Two other Pac 12 schools have top 10 quarterbacks already committed while two other top 13 kids are unlikely to pick Utah at this time and will probably head to other conference foes.

Here is what Pac 12 quarterback recruiting looks like right now for 2015:

Arizona- no commits

Arizona State- (2) Brady White #9 QB, #185 overall
Bryce Perkins #33 QB

Cal- no commits

Oregon- no commits

Stanford- no commits

UCLA- (1) Josh Rosen #2 QB, #12 overall

USC- (2) Ricky Town #1 QB, #11 overall
David Sills #30 QB (Sills will probably be dropped at some point as he committed to the previous staff and made his commitment while in the 7th grade)

Utah- no commits

Washington- (1) Jake Browning #8 QB, #179 overall

Washington State- (1) Tyler Hilinski #41 QB

Boise State also has the 10th ranked QB in the class in Brett Rypien (son of Super Bowl winning QB Mark Rypien).

Travis Waller is still on the board as the sixth ranked quarterback in the country and is Utah's top target at this time. He's had a very good spring and shot up the rankings, while offers have continued to roll in. When Cal missed on Brady White this week, they didn't waste any time in offering Waller within a couple of hours. An Oregon offer for Waller shortly shouldn't surprise anyone either.

Sheriron Jones is the 13th ranked quarterback for 2015 out of California and Arizona looks like the best bet for him at this time.

Don't forget about Blake Barnett, who is committed to Notre Dame and the 7th ranked quarterback and another Souther California native. Oregon is efforting Barnett and he appears to be a pretty good fit for that program should the Notre Dame verbal not work out.

You could be looking at a scenario where seven of the top 13 quarterbacks in the country, in a strong year for quarterbacks, end up at Pac 12 schools, and an 8th to Boise State.

With Utah's current depth at quarterback, taking one in the 2015 class isn't a necessity. But in a year when there are so many tremendous prospects out West, a miss by Utah would be telling about how prospects at the most important position on the field view Utah as school that is best for them to succeed both as player and as a team.

Utah isn't going to give up on Waller, but a commitment from him would be one of the biggest shockers in recruiting in years. Sam Darnold is an option, but Utah will take a wait and see approach before accepting a commitment at this time should Darnold want to pull the trigger.

An interesting prospect to keep an eye on is Cameron Burston, who is currently committed to San Jose State. Utah has had success flipping Spartan commits recently and Burston's recruitment has picked up since the Pylon 7 on 7 in Las Vegas in March (no one had heard of him and no one knew he was committed to SJSU).

At the end of the day, quarterback recruiting for Utah in 2015 and over the past couple of years has been a microcosm of Utah football; They hang with the big boys for awhile, but continually come up just short.

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