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Top Five Quarterback Signees For 2014

RECAPJohnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray are all gone.

And that’s just the start of it. The SEC will look very different at the quarterback position next season thanks to the departure of so much talent.

The good news for the league is there will be plenty of talented quarterbacks arriving this fall.

Here are the top five quarterback signees in the SEC in the 2014 class.

1. Kyle Allen – Texas A&M

Allen enrolled early at Texas A&M with the hope of competing for the Aggies’ starting job. He won’t be the same kind of quarterback as Johnny Manziel, but that’s OK. Allen (6-3, 200) has all the tools to be a big-time college quarterback. Allen was ranked the nation’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. He earns our No. 1 spot as well.

2. Sean White – Auburn

White turned heads last summer when he was named the Elite 11 MVP. Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said White “paints a picture” when he throws the ball. White (6-1, 200) will likely have to wait his turn behind returning starter Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson, who showed plenty of ability as a freshman last season. But White will be in good hands as he learns from coach Gus Malzahn.

3. Will Grier - Florida

Grier was Florida’s most important prospect in the 2014 class. The early enrollee could see the field early depending on how Jeff Driskel plays when he returns from his leg injury this fall. Grier (6-2, 190) is exactly what Florida needs – a talented passer with the ability to run. He rushed for close to 3,000 yards during his high school career. Grier will have quarterback competition in his own class after Florida stole Treon Harris away from Florida State on signing day.

4. Brandon Harris – LSU

Harris will bring versatility to LSU’s offense. Coach Les Miles raved on signing day about Harris’ ability to throw the ball down field and make plays with his feet. Harris (6-3, 180) was ranked the nation’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals. Harris enrolled at LSU for one reason: “to compete and start as a freshman,” he said last summer. He’ll have a chance to do that this fall.

5. David Cornwell – Alabama

Like most quarterbacks on this list, Cornwell enrolled early to get a head start on his college career. Cornwell made it clear earlier this month he plans to compete for the starting quarterback position this fall. Incoming transfer Jacob Coker might have the upperhand in the competition, but Cornwell will have an opportunity. Cornwell (6-5, 240) is a big prospect with a tremendous arm. His skill set should fit in perfectly with coach Nick Saban’s offense.

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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Miller Adds To Alabama’s Strong Class

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxAlabama ended its short-lived recruiting drought on Thursday when it received a commitment from linebacker Christian Miller from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C.

Miller, a former Florida commitment, chose Alabama over Georgia.

“It was for a number of reasons,” he told ESPN.com. “They have a lot to offer. Defensively, I fit in perfect with their scheme and how they’re going to use me. Their player development, particularly if you look at linebackers, they’re well known for that.”

Alabama has become well known for its elite recruiting. It’s almost considered a surprise if Alabama doesn’t have with the nation’s top-rated class on signing day.

Alabama’s 2014 class happens to be ranked No. 1, according to the 247Sports composite team rankings. Tennessee is ranked second, followed by Florida State, Georgia and Miami.

Miller is the 16th prospect to commit to Alabama’s 2014 class, with the most recent commitment coming from offensive lineman Montel McBride from Plant City (Fla.) High School on July 2.

The Crimson Tide had a strong month of recruiting in June. Alabama landed six commitments during that time, including highly-touted quarterback David Cornwell from Norman, Okla.

Miller is ranked the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker by ESPN. His scouting report reads in part:

“This is a prospect with the length, range and quickness on the outside that will make him attractive as a future OLB or DE. Could also play a tweener role as hybrid depending on scheme and is eventual size.”

Alabama will continue to recruit the nation’s top prospects, including defensive back Lorenzo Carter from Norcross, Ga., running back Leonard Fournette from New Orleans and offensive lineman Cameron Robinson from West Monroe, La.

Alabama is also focused on keeping its committed players on board.

Running back Bo Scarbrough, Alabama’s first commitment in the 2014 class, has shown interest in Florida. Cornerback Stephen Roberts told TideSports.com this week he continues to receive interest from Auburn and Miami and is considering visiting both schools this fall. Still, Roberts maintains he’s committed to Alabama.

“I wouldn’t say I have a percentage on where I stand with my commitment,” he said. “I will just say I am fully committed to Alabama. I think Alabama has some great commitments. I know most of them. I have been keeping in touch with a few guys like Shaun [Hamilton] and Marlon Humphrey.”

Humphrey, a cornerback from Hoover, Ala., isn’t committed to Alabama but is strongly considering the Crimson Tide. His father, Bobby Humphrey, played running back at Alabama from 1984-87.

 

Florida lands two

The Gators received commitments this week from offensive/defensive lineman Dontae Angus from Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia and defensive end Justus Reed from Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic High School.

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Georgia Lands Quarterback Park

Quarterback Jacob Park from Stratford High School in Goose Creek, S.C., has committed to Georgia.

Park, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 9 pro-style quarterback, gave his pledge to the Bulldogs after receiving an offer from Georgia last weekend.

“He had narrowed it down pretty dead even between Georgia and Alabama but there were just a few things about Georgia he liked better,” Stratford coach Ray Stackley told PalmettoSports.com. “He struggled with the decision and talked to both schools several times since Monday.”

Alabama received a commitment on Friday from quarterback David Cornwell from Norman, Okla.

Georgia’s commitment from Park likely signals the end of the Bulldogs’ recruitment of Gainesville, Ga., quarterback Deshaun Watson, who’s committed to Clemson. He previously expressed an interest in Georgia but only before the Bulldogs offered a scholarship to Park.

Park is Georgia’s 10th commitment for the 2014 class.

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Quarterback Cornwell Commits To Alabama

Alabama has received a commitment from quarterback David Cornwell from North High School in Norman, Okla.

“Officially committed to the University of Alabama! Roll Tide!” Cornwell wrote on twitter.

Cornwell, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com, chose the Crimson Tide over offers from Auburn, Missouri, Tennessee, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech.

Cornwell is the 11th prospect to commit to Alabama’s 2014 class, which is ranked No. 7 in the nation by Rivals.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 6/9/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Weekend haul at Ole Miss with four commitments in the past few days.  Rebels now have 13 commitments in the class of 2014.

2. Georgia gets two commitments from its weekend camp.  Class of 2014 now stands at seven.

3. After decommitting from Florida State, cornerback J.C. Jackson now wants to be a Florida Gator.  ”It’s very solid. I’m going to stick with the Gators.”

4. Texas A&M picks up a commitment Saturday from tight end  Koda Martin. Martin had offers from Alabama, LSU and several other schools. He is the Aggies 13th commitment in the class of 2014.

5. Top quarterback prospect David Cornwell granted fifth year of eligibility.  Visited Alabama’s summer prospect camp last week.

6. Georgia is Auburn’s “second home.” Eight of nine Auburn commitments are from Alabama or Georgia.

7. Auburn reportedly extended an offer to Duncan, South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley on Friday. Bentley just finished his 8th grade year – part of the 2017 recruiting class.

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