Pac 12 Recruiting - Quarterbacks

We've hit the lull in the recruiting calendar that happens at the end of June, so we figured we'd start a new series where we look at each position and update where each conference school is at with regards to commits, offers and progress. Today we look at the quarterbacks, a position that typically is wrapped up for most schools by the time fall camp rolls around...

Washington - The Huskies got their 2017 quarterback, Jake Haener, a little over a week ago when they offered him a scholarship, not wanting to wait any longer for Jack Sears and Chase Garbers to make their decisions. 

Arizona - Braxton Burmeister committed twice to the Wildcats, once back in the fall and the second time in early May after opening up his recruitment. Burmeister flirted with UW and a couple of other schools, but ultimately chose to stick with the first school he fell in love with during the process.

Arizona State - ASU snuck in and stole Ryan Kelley from Oregon back in early May. The dual-threat passer is being viewed by many as the ultimate answer to the Sun Devils' questions at quarterback.

Cal - The Golden Bears had been a struggling as far as quarterbacks are concerned, but they had Garbers fall into their laps last week after the talented signal-caller visited Berkeley and Washington wound up taking Haener instead of waiting on his decision.

Colorado - When Tyler Lytle decided to commit to the Buffs, he became the latest piece and one of the cornerstones of what appears like a turning-point class for head coach Mike MacIntyre and his staff.

Oregon - Since losing Kelley, Oregon has been in a bit of a scramble mode, hoping to find a replacement. Some thought they might try and get in the mix with Tate Martell or Tua Tagovailoa, but, at least currently, they don't appear and never did appear to even be in the conversation for either of these prospects. Where they turn is anyone's guess at this point.

Oregon State - Aidan Willard, a three-star quarterback out of Northern California, committed to the Beavers back in May and he appears to be a nice fit for what head coach Gary Andersen wants to do on offense.

Stanford - Stanford is the only school to go out of region for a signal-caller, plucking Davis Mills, a five-star quarterback ranked number two in the nation, out of Georgia. 

UCLA - Sears appears to be UCLA's to lose, but he won't decide until July at some point.

USC - The Trojans have struck out on a lot of QB targets, but they were in the running for Tagovailoa before he committed to Alabama and there is some word that he could be re-thinking his decision and flip to USC. Another name to remember is Martell. Sure, he just committed to Ohio State, but if you have followed his recruitment, you know that there is still a chance he flips before Signing Day and the Trojans would have to be considered a favorite to land him if they haven't gotten a QB commit up to that point.

Utah - The Utes have been quiet on the QB recruiting front, but they have made offers to several signal-callers that fit their offense including Jason Shelley and Kamron Fields from Texas and James Blackman from Florida and Sears.

Washington State - The Cougs did a good job of targeting several quarterbacks and they reeled in Connor Neville out of Oregon back in April. Neville is a terrific fit for the Air Raid system and he could flourish there. There was some thought that WSU could wind up being in the market for another quarterback in this class, but the addition of JUCO standout Anthony Gordon back at the end of May likely mitigates the need.


Go East My Son

The top three quarterbacks in the West -- Martell (Ohio State), Tagovailoa (Alabama) and Dylan McCaffrey (Michigan) -- all headed to schools east of the Mississippi. Last year, the top signal-caller on the West Coast (Jacob Eason) headed to Georgia and the third and fourth-ranked prospects - Malik Henry (Florida State) and Patrick O'Brien (Nebraska) -- also headed east as well.

Worth noting is that the fifth rated signal-caller out west, Tristan Gebbia, also chose to leave the region, committing to Nebraska back in April.

This is an alarming trend for a conference who prides itself in developing NFL quarterbacks.

Rising To The Task

Sears saw the steadiest improvement in his stock this spring, garnering offers from several schools including Tennessee, UCLA, UW, Cal, Texas A&M and USC among others in early May. 

After the first tier of West Coast signal-callers started to make their decisions, Sears' stock soared and he rose from a relative unknown to the 11th-ranked quarterback in the country.

Dearth Of Top-End Quarterbacks

Most scouts and evaluators have said that other than the top three or four signal-callers out West, there really aren't any program changers in the group that is still available.

While Neville, Haener, Gebbia, Lytle and Gebbia are accomplished passers, most scouts see them as career back-up types who are "place holders" for younger, more highly-rated quarterbacks.

The question is, will they resign themselves to this or will they work to prove the naysayers wrong?

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