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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
#AskLoogs: The next Baker Mayfield

By Tom Luginbill

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@TomLuginbill @RecruitingESPN #askloogs Baker Mayfield played great this week for Tech. Any sleeper QB out there like Mayfield was last yr?

— Christian Scott Page (@cpage2911) September 4, 2013


Sleepers at any position can often be the most difficult to project because often times there are multiple reasons why they are sleepers, particularly with QBs. Lack of height, quirky mechanics, poor scheme in high school or lack of foot traffic in the area from a recruiting standpoint are just a few of the reasons why guys slip through the cracks. Projecting growth, maturity and, maybe most importantly, the prospect landing in the right scheme (much like Baker Mayfield) all have a low probability of actually panning out for most prospects. I have chosen four players that I feel could be quality players at the next level that have received very little recruiting attention for the most part. QB-PP Clay Holgerson, a Memphis verbal commitment in our opinion would be a highly sought after prospect if he were taller. His release alone is attractive enough for programs to further investigate. Another fellow Texas prospect, QB-PP Jarrett Hildreth, is a late-bloomer that has seen significant physical development from his junior to senior season and looked like a different prospect this past summer than the year before. QB-PP Wade Freebeck just transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas and is coming off an offseason injury, but we would expect that he blossoms as a senior and garners more attention. QB-DT Clayton Thorson, a Northwestern commit, is the highest profile guy that most aren’t that familiar with. It is a bit of a head scratcher to us. The ESPN300 prospect couldn’t be a better fit the for Wildcats offense and is a blend of current Northwestern QB’s Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian.