With the 2020 college football season on the horizon and incoming freshman already working to carve out a role, it's important to bring up some names to add to your devy watch list.
Out of the top ten quarterback recruits, these are the players that I'll be closely watching as they battle for a starting spot in training camp.
Please note that I am not saying you should forget about great recruits in this class like DJ Uiagalelei at Clemson, CJ Stroud at Ohio State, Hudson Card and Ja’Quinden Jackson at Texas, and Luke Doty at South Carolina. The goal here is to give you early eyes at players that have a good chance to produce right away. Getting that advantage over your leaguemates makes for great trading chips.
Additionally, I would try to stay away from the Card and Jackson mess, as Texas is the only team to recruit two top ten quarterbacks in the same class in quite some time. Early reports have Card being a step ahead and Jackson possibly playing different positions at Texas.
Let's take a look at some players that have a great chance to see the field starting in late August.
Bryce Young, QB Alabama
Young has an instant opportunity to start as a freshman at Alabama. Not only is he the number one dual threat quarterback, but he is the number two overall recruit in the country.
As expected with a dual-threat quarterback, he has the ability to escape pressure and extend plays with his legs. He does not run as often as people might think, but he uses his athleticism to set up passing lanes to get the ball to his receivers.
The most important thing for a quarterback of this age is a high football IQ. It has been noted by 247 sports that he will have no issue understanding and running a college system.
Throughout his time as a four year starter, he amassed over 13,000 yards, 152 touchdowns and just 21 interceptions. In his last year alone, he had a crazy four-and-a-half touchdowns per game while boasting a 56-to-6 (9.3) touchdown to interception ratio. Add in his mobility of over 1,000 rushing yards in high school, and you are left with an incredible athlete that will do anything to win.
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Great article. Quick question, did your research lead you to any thoughts on Haynes King at all? Just grabbed him in a devy league and wonder your thoughts on his potential.
I like Haynes King. I just didn’t include him in this article because he does not really have a chance of starting this year. The offense will be run by Kellen Mond this year. I am interested to see if we can hear any hype around King during the spring workouts. Thanks for the question!