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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 Headlines

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Star basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins will announce his decision on Tuesday. Update: He chooses Kansas over Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina.

2. Which team has the most to gain by landing Wiggins? Jeff Borzello examines.

3. Clemson quarterback commitment Deshaun Watson discusses his recent offer from Alabama.

4. Two Florida signees have already enrolled in classes to get an early start on summer workouts.

5. Florida continues to receive attention for its creative social media efforts in recruiting.

6. Tight end Jeb Blazevich discussed why he committed to Georgia’s 2014 class.

7. Kentucky scored a big recruiting win with the commitment from quarterback Drew Barker.

8. Clemson is battling several SEC schools and others for wide receiver Trey Quinn from Lake Charles, La.

How about an Andrew Wiggins highlight video?

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 5/11/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. South Carolina loses out on highly-rated quarterback Drew Barker - what’s next for the Gamecocks?

2. Kyle Tucker on Barker committing to Kentucky: “A ton of credit goes to offensive coordinator Neal Brown…”

3. John Clay: Of all the positive moves (coach Mark) Stoops has made so far, locking the in-state gates ranks among the most impressive.

4. Defensive end Justin Thornton will announce his decision on Sunday.  Could be Auburn’s fourth player in the 2014 class from the Mobile area.

5. JUCO safety Derrick Moncrief has committed to Auburn.  He also had offers from Kentucky and Oklahoma State. Moncrief’s teammate -  D’haquille Williams – has committed to LSU. He’s the Tiger’s 10th commitment in the class of 2014.

6. Texas A&M has offered Plaquemine (La) defensive end Davon Godchaux. “I know Florida and A&M would be in my top three. USC, Florida State and Ole Miss are schools I like, as well. Everybody wants me to go to Alabama or LSU but I have to make a decision for my own self. I’m really liking Texas A&M right now”

7. Tennessee has a verbal commitment from 2015 offensive line in-state prospect Jack Jones.

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Quarterback Barker Picks Kentucky

Four-star 2014 prospect Drew Barker says he’ll play his college football at  Kentucky.  Barker, a quarterback from Hebron, Kentucky, made the announcement just moments ago. Barker’s decision came down to Kentucky or South Carolina, with Tennessee also in the mix (those three hats were on the table) and even some whispers about Ohio State.  Regardless, Barker says he’s headed to Lexington and that’s good news for coach Mark Stoops.

Kentucky had made Barker its No. 1 priority since Stoops was hired as coach.  He’s considered a top contender for Mr. Football in Kentucky next season.

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