It is not an overly deep year for quarterbacks in the south, but there are several interesting storylines with the game's glamour position.
First, the talent at the top of the heap is as good as its ever been. Mitch Mustain and Tim Tebow are big time talents.
Second, it's interesting that schools in the SEC have gone out of region to get their quarterbacks while schools from out of the region have come to the south to get theirs. For example, Georgia and Florida went to Texas to get quarterbacks Matt Stafford and Jevan Snead respectively. LSU went to Utah to get Alex Cate. While Ohio State and Michigan came to the Peach State to get quarterbacks Antonio Henton and David Cone.
Third, Cobb County in the state of Georgia is what I've called the heart of suburbia (I've lived there most of my life). There are five or six 5A schools within 10 minutes of my house. Why is this interesting? Well, it's not, except that Cobb County has turned into ACC Quarterback Country.
T.J. Yates of Pope is headed to North Carolina. Ross Applegate of Walton is committed to Boston College, and Zach MacDowell of Harrison is committed to Wake Forest.
Walton and Pope are within a stone throw of one another. In fact when Pope opened in 1987, it drew about 30% of its students from Walton, and Harrison and Walton play one another in the first round of the state playoffs on Friday night at Harrison.
Yates, Applegate, and MacDowell have been playing against one another for a long time, and it's going to continue for the next four or five years.
On to the Region's Top Quarterbacks:
Rather than list the players' height, weight, and speed, I have listed the school they are committed to if any. Click on their player page to see more information including scouting videos and schools of interest.
If you have any feedback on the formatting, or questions about the rankings, please come see us on the Scout Recruiting Message Board:
|1||Mitch Mustain||(Springdale) Springdale, AR||Arkansas|
|2||Tim Tebow||(Nease) St Augustine, FL|
|3||Neil Caudle||(Spain Park) Hoover, AL||Auburn|
|4||Antonio Henton||(Peach County) Fort Valley, GA||Ohio State|
|5||David Cone||(Statesboro) Statesboro, GA||Michigan|
|6||Byron Ingram||(Redan) Stone Mountain, GA||Georgia Tech|
|7||Chris Smelley||(American Christian ) Tuscaloosa, AL|
|8||Justin Roper||(Buford) Buford, GA|
|9||Dwayne Harris||(Tucker) Tucker, GA|
|10||T.J. Yates||(Pope) Marietta, GA||North Carolina|
|11||Matthew Malouf||(Oxford) Oxford, MS|
|12||Steven Ensminger||(West Monroe) West Monroe, LA||Auburn|
|13||Zach MacDowall||(Harrison) Kennesaw, GA||Wake Forest|
|14||Thaddeus Lewis||(Hialeah-Miami Lakes) Hialeah, FL|
|15||Ross Applegate||(Walton) Marietta, GA||Boston College|
|16||Herb Bynes||(Boyd Anderson) Lauderdale Lakes, FL|
|17||Chris Paul-Etienne||(Miami Edison Senior) Miami, FL|
|18||Billy Lowe||(Lakeland Senior) Lakeland, FL|
|19||James Patterson||(Noxubee County) Macon, MS|
|20||Robert Love||(Pahokee) Pahokee, FL|
|21||Dexter Davidson||(North Broward) Coconut Creek, FL||Pittsburgh|
|22||Adam Milligan||(Hardin County) Savannah, TN|
|23||Daniel Stegall||(Greenwood) Greenwood, AR|
|24||Walter Howard||(Citrus) Inverness, FL|
|25||Harry Betsey||(East Gadsden) Havana, FL|