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Top 3 Upper Midlands JUCO QB's
1.) Kylen Binn (Hutchinson CC) - He's the only one of the three has yet to earn an offer but I believe his time is coming. This Fall could be the coming out party for Binn. He has the ideal size for the position at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds. You won't find too many signal callers with the build that he possesses and that will catch the eye of many schools this season. During the Spring, the practices were watered down a bit and didn't give Binn the option of tucking the ball and taking off but word is that is a key part of his arsenal. Being able to put that skill on full display in the upcoming season could pay dividends for his recruiting stock. He doesn't have a cannon for the position but made every throw that was asked of him of the practices I was able to watch. His supporting cast could be a blessing and a curse. The offense around Binn is loaded and should give him the opportunity to put up huge numbers this season, but will also lend to the question if he is dependent on them. He'll get the chance to silence the doubters this fall, but he could be the junior college prospect that benefits the most from an outstanding campaign in the Fall. The physical tools are there and it will be intriguing if the mental side of the game can catch up with his skill set. 2.) Deondre Ford (Dodge City CC) - If we are having a conversation that is judging only the arms of the quarterback, Ford wins the contest. He has the best arm of any of the signal callers in the discussion, in regards to accuracy and arm strength. What holds me back some from going all in on him as the top junior college quarterback in the region, is his height and release point. When it comes to size, he's at a disadvantage. Ford is only about 6-foot with a bit of a lower throwing motion. Because of that, angles and throwing lanes are more difficult to create. However, he grips and rips it with the best of them. His touch could use some work on the deeper routes, but he consistently puts the ball on the mark better than the others listed. If Ford was a couple inches taller, it'd be an easy decision to make him the top quarterback in the region, and surely he'd have several offers. As it stands he is a bit more limited with his height, and currently only holds one offer, from Central Arkansas. I still expect more offers to come his way if a program decides to take a gamble on a signal caller at the junior college level. 3.) Tay Bender (Iowa Western CC) - He's third now but can easily rise to the top of the list with a strong final campaign for the Reivers. When considering the whole package that he brings to the table, it's hard to place him behind the others in the discussion, especially considering that he's the only one of the three that holds an FBS offer. Bender is a terrific athlete and could be a fantastic get for a program looking for a dual-threat quarterback that is exceptional at executing the read-option offensive attack. He doesn't have an incredible burst as a runner, but he's deceptively elusive, and once he hits his top gear, he's a struggle to catch in the open field. What gives me slight pause and placing him third on the list is my desire to see him more potent in the passing attack. Almost all of his big plays last year came on the ground, with only a small number of his impact coming through the air. It's not to say Bender can't become a serious threat throwing the ball. He's 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, with a quick release and great throwing motion. The mechanics and tools are there. I just hope to see him make more of an impact on the game in that area, and show that he can make a lot more throws than what was required of him a year ago.
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