March 1, 2007

Five to Follow: Quarterbacks

GatorBait.net kicked off its coverage of the class of 2008 with our Ten Top Targets and a comprehensive, in depth look at Florida's first Junior Day of this recruiting cycle. The next big event on the calendar is the Junior Day to be held March 24. From now until then we will unveil our pre-spring top targets position by position in our Five to Follow series.

Unlike last year, quarterback won't be as much of a priority this time around. However, in the past recruiting coordinator Chuck Heater has said that the Gators will try to land at least one signal caller each and every recruiting cycle. This past week, in an interview with Marty Cohen, offensive coordinator Dan Mullen reinforced that fact.

The question is, after signing three Rivals100 high school quarterbacks and a junior college transfer in the last two years, realistically can Florida expect to sign a top player at the position this recruiting cycle?

An easy answer would be not likely, but then again, with the way this staff recruits, nothing is out of the question.

With that in mind watch the Gators to try to sign one top prospect (high four or five star) or at least a player who plays quarterback in high school, but could project to another position on the next level.

For our purposes and rankings at the quarterback position, we are going on the assumption, based on the three dual-threat quarterbacks Urban Meyer has signed while with the Gators, that he prefers a quarterback who is able to make plays with his arm and legs.

A couple of highly rated prospects such as Cleveland (Ohio) Heights athlete Travis Kelce and Jeannette's (Pa.) Terrelle Pryor could easily have made the list. Both fit the bill as players who could project to another position on the next level, but landing one of these two out of area kids looks to be (even as early as it is) the longest of longshots.

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