Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Looking ahead: Five 2015 QBs to know
By Chantel Jennings
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With a 2014 quarterback commitment locked up for Michigan, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the following classes and the players whose names could pop up on the Wolverine’s radar.
Two 2015 quarterbacks on the national scene already have given verbal commitments. Dual-threat De’Andre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) gave his verbal to Florida State in July after just one season of high school football. And USC picked up its first commitment of the 2015 class with dropback passer David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy). And it doesn’t stop there. The 2016 class saw its first QB commitment in December with Shea Patterson (Hidalgo, Texas/Hidalgo) committing to Arizona.
Michigan has put out seven offers in the 2015 class -- three to running backs, three to athletes and one to a defensive end. The Wolverines probably won’t extend a quarterback offer in the 2015 class anytime soon, but until then, here are some names that might be worth looking into:
Campbell’s name would be the most familiar on this list to most Michigan fans. After Cass Tech’s starting QB went down during the first game of Campbell’s freshman year, the 15-year-old stepped in and led the Technicians to a state title. Then, he followed that performance with a second state title. Offensive coordinator Al Borges has already asked that Campbell camp at Michigan this summer and, as it is with any talent at Cass Tech, it can be assured the Wolverines will be a factor.
Jake Johnson Dewitt (Mich.) High School
Johnson is another local kid who was on the camp circuit last summer, including a stop at Michigan’s high school camp. He’s more of a prototypical dropback passer who might not pick up as much national interest as other guys like Campbell. He passed for 16 touchdowns and 1,200 yards in six games last season.
Kyle Shurmur Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward’s
Shurmur is the son of recently hired Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, an MSU grad who was formerly the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. As a sophomore, Kyle was the starting QB for St. Ed’s and was getting looks from schools such as Michigan State and Stanford. He’s still enrolled at St. Ed’s, though coach Rick Finotti wasn’t sure of what Shurmur would do for his next two seasons. St. Ed’s is the home of offensive lineman Kyle Kalis and so Michigan already has ties with the school.
As a sophomore, Rosen threw for 22 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards. He’s a dropback passer with a cannon of an arm and very impressive accuracy for such a young player. At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Rosen fits the mold of the taller, stronger passer that Michigan has moved toward, and Bellflower, Calif. isn’t too far from Brady Hoke’s old stomping grounds of San Diego, so he and his staff likely have quite a few contacts in the area.
Queen has dual-threat capabilities, enough to extend most plays (and sometimes break through for a big gain), but he also has a solid arm with good accuracy. Michigan hasn’t heavily recruited Georgia of late. There’s just one Georgia native on the current roster (walk-on defensive back AJ Pearson), no 2013 Georgia signees and just five offers out to Georgia prospects so far in the 2014 class. He seems like a longer shot, but his athleticism could be something that draws big offers.