By Andrew Gorringe
The second of two new quarterbacks that the Utes will have on campus for spring ball is Hallandale High School quarterback Tyler Huntley. Huntley is an early enroller from Hallandale Beach, Florida, and is the first quarterback prospect that Utah has landed from the Sunshine state. Huntley committed to Utah back in August of 2015 after unofficially visiting Salt Lake City, as he decommitted from Florida Atlantic University and committed to the Utes. In addition to FAU, Huntley held scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Toledo and Temple, while also receiving interest from North Carolina and NC State.
Huntley brings a lot of excitement to Salt Lake City, as he put up video game type numbers during his senior season, which led him to being named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Florida. He also was named player of the year by multiple Florida newspapers, which was very fitting, as he finished his senior year throwing for 3,636 yards, 42 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and completed just over 61% of his passes. Huntley has a similar playing style as Utah’s other quarterback in the 2016 class, Troy Williams, as he’s a great athlete and is able to make plays with his feet, but would much rather sit in the pocket and distribute the football to his teammates. One of Huntley’s best attributes is his ability to keep his eyes down field while on the move. He does a great job of keeping his head up when flushed from the pocket, and that allows him to find open receivers down field. Another great quality of his is his ability to change the velocity on his throws. He shows great command of the football and knows when he needs to throw with power and when he needs to throw with touch. Huntley has good speed for a quarterback and will be more than capable to run the read option elements of the Utah offense, but will thrive in Utah’s system by getting the ball to his receivers.
With Huntley being on campus for spring ball, he’ll be able to get plenty of work in with quarterback’s coach Aaron Roderick, and will be able to work on acclimating to the speed of college football. He’s also someone that will greatly benefit from a college strength program, as he needs to add weight to his 6’1-180lb frame. Huntley has good speed for a quarterback and will be more than capable to run the read option elements of the Utah offense, but will thrive in Utah’s system by getting the ball to his receivers.