With Tate Martell’s commitment to Ohio State, the quarterback landscape for the Class of 2017 again shifts because Martell is generally ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback.
While it is still a long way from now until National Signing Day in February and more decommits abound, quarterbacks are always among the first to commit and often serve as ambassadors to urge other players to follow them. Many quarterbacks also are early enrollees and head to campus to take part in spring practice.
Among dual-threat quarterbacks, 12 of the top 15 in the 247Sports Composite rankings are committed, and 22 of the top 25 pro-style quarterbacks are announced a college choice. Most of the teams in the Power Five conferences have quarterbacks commits, and in some cases such as LSU, Clemson and Ohio State, schools have two commits at the position.
“In most cases you can only get one quarterback,” said longtime quarterback tutor Steve Clarkson. “It’s unlike wide receiver or offensive and defensive linemen where you can recruit multiple players there. What schools try to do is recruit the best available quarterback for their system each and every year and let the best man win.”
With Martell off the board, the focus turns to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) quarterback Kellen Mond. Mond, a Texas native, recently decommitted from Baylor and is ranked as the No. 3 dual-threat QB.
He told USA TODAY Sports at the Elite 11 Finals that he was down to Auburn, Ohio State and Texas A&M. He had made visits to Auburn and Ohio State and hoped to see Texas A&M.
Auburn is the favorite with Mond saying that he saw the Auburn system as the “perfect fit.” He wants to get his mother to campus after having traveled with his father during his previous trip.
“(It’s a) spread offense, and Coach (Gus) Malzahn is one of the best,” Mond told AL.com in late April. “I definitely feel like I could run the ball in the offense, throw the ball down the field in the offense so it’s definitely a perfect fit.”
Next among uncommitted dual threats is Jason Shelley from Lone Star (Frisco, Texas). He is ranked No. 12 and has 11 offers with Utah considered the favorite. Jaylen Gipson from Mexia (Texas) is No. 14 and his offers include Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor and TCU.
The biggest name remaining among the pro-style passers is Jack Sears from San Clemente, Calif. He told USA TODAY Sports recently that he didn’t have a favorite, but was looking at a number of schools. He was scheduled to attend a camp at Tennessee last weekend.
Texas A&M, Duke, USC, UCLA, Washington, and Utah are among the contenders. He said he hope to make a decision in July.
“For me, I’m looking for the best fit and how I see myself in their offense,” he said. “Everyone has something different to offer. A lot of them run similar offenses, so it’s more the coaching staff and how I see myself there.”
Chase Garbers from Corona Del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif.) returned for another visit to Washington, where many predict he will eventually land. He is ranked as the No. 18 pro-style QB.
Nick Sipe from Villa Park (Calif.) is No. 24. Purdue is his long Power Five conference offer reported to this point and he is scheduled to visit this weekend. Sipe could see interest increase after a strong performance at The Opening Regionals.