Quarterback recruiting is far from settled in the Pac-12, as only a handful of teams are set at the position and programs are chasing a number of prospects in the 2017 class. Here is a look at how the position is shaping up in the Pac-12 North.
Cal signed two top-30 dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2016 class, though Max Gilliam will stay at the position while Victor Viramontes could play a number of other positions, so there is definitely a need for a quarterback in this class. Myles Brennan holds a Cal offer and the Golden Bears hope the work they’ve done in Mississippi, along with assistant coach Jacob Peeler’s connections there, can work to bring Brennan across the country. Cal has also offered in-state prospect Tyler Lytle.
Three quarterbacks were added to the roster in the 2016 class, as graduate transfer Dakota Prukop will have one year on campus, while Terry Wilson, the nation’s No. 6 dual-threat quarterback, and pocket passer Justin Herbert will be added to the mix. Oregon has already hit it big in the 2017 class, grabbing a commitment from Ryan Kelley, the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat prospect. It will be interesting to see if a recruiting battle heats up for Kelley, as the talented quarterback could look to take visits this fall.
The Beavers added Mason Moran, the nation’s No. 67 athlete, to the quarterback room in the 2016 class. But there has been plenty of turnover at the position recently, so grabbing a signal-caller in the 2017 group would seem to be a priority. The Beavers have offered former Arizona commit Braxton Burmeister, as well as fellow ESPN Junior 300 prospect Tua Tagovailoa. Oregon State has also offered Utah prospect Taylor Katoa and California preps Lytle and Jack Sears.
After not taking a quarterback in the 2015 class, Stanford has hit it big in the next two cycles. The Cardinal signed the nation’s No. 2 pocket passer, K.J. Costello, in the 2016 class and now holds a commitment from the No. 8 pocket passer, Davis Mills, in the 2017 class.
The Huskies obviously made the right call in pushing hard for Jake Browning in the 2015 class, but it’s already time to start looking for his replacement. Washington brought in dual-threat quarterback Daniel Bridge-Gadd in the 2016 class and has been very deliberate with its quarterback recruiting in the 2017 cycle. Burmeister, Tagovailoa and Sears hold offers from the Huskies thus far.
There was some tough luck with quarterback recruiting last year for the Cougars, as Washington State lost two committed signal callers -- Ian Book signed with Notre Dame and Quentin Davis signed with Fresno State. The Cougars brought in a couple of high school quarterbacks, but they’ll likely begin their college careers at other positions. The Cougars are on the board in the 2017 class, as Connor Neville made a spring commitment to Washington State.