It is less than a week until National Signing Day and many coaches are racing to thefinish trying to win over the last few top recruits. The SEC is the leader in recruiting as evident by thesix straight BCS Championships. You win with players and the old saying "its all about the Jimmys and Joes comes directly from the south. The ACC has done well in recruiting as evident by number of players at the Senior Bowl and the fact that Boston College has the most players in the Super Bowl. Its a fun time of the year where fans can keep score one more time until the summer magazines come out with predictions. Its a lot like the NFL Draft, in that you will hit some home runs, but there will be the miss or two. The best coaches minimize the misses and accentuate the home runs. Eli Manning will be representing the SEC in the Super BowlSEC QuarterbacksThe league has been called a lines of scrimmage conference and no one will deny that around the country. In recent years game managers have been good enough to lead their team to the top of the standings. Its been a while since the pure passing days of Peyton Manning and Danny Wuerffel. Tim Tebow was far from a game manager but his numbers were certainly a product of the spread run as opposed the spread pass. But this past year I see a couple of guys emerging as legitimate first round draft picks from the quarterback position. Remember, these guys are playing against the best defenses week in and week out. Matthew Stafford, Georgia had a big year, Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt is still producing big in Chicago and oh yeah Eli Manning, and Mississippi is playing in the Super Bowl.Tyler Bray needs to stay healthy and help Derek Dooley's job status.3rd Down Quarterback Ranking by RatingTyler Bray, Tennessee AJ McCarron, Alabama Jarrett Lee, LSU Tyler Wilson, Arkansas Aaron Murray, Georgia Clint Moseley, Auburn Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt Connor Shaw, South Carolina John Brantley, Florida Tyler Russell, Mississippi StateThese are the guys who played the most and it is impressive to see that eight of the ten will be back in 2012. The Top five quarterbacks all ranked in the top 40 in the country in passing on third down. Tyler Bray and AJ McCarron ranked 13th and 14th nationally. I like the fact that if Bray can stay healthy that he along with Shaw, Rodgers and of course Murray gives the SEC East some quality at quarterback. Tyler Russell and Connor Shaw should go into the season as full time starters and look to improve their standing. Tidbits on SEC Quarterbacks-AJ McCarron completed 64.9 of his passes on third down-Both Aaron Murray and Tyler Wilson completed only 57 of their passes.-Jordan Rodgers threw six interceptions on third down the most in the league.-Rogers also led the league with eight 25 yard plus completions on third down.-Jarrett Lee was the number one rated SEC passer in the red zone.-The 2-5 in Red Zone ratings were Bray, Russell, Murray and Shaw.-Aaron Murray had a 21-0 touchdown to interception ratio in the red zone.-Tyler Wilson was 15-0 in the RZ while Tyler Bray was 13-1.-Connor Shaw had the best 4th quarter completion percentage with 74.Zach Mettenberger will try to add some stability to the LSU QB situation.I really think the quarterback play in the SEC is underrated. McCarron has more a chance to be real good and is physically more gifted that Greg McElroy at Alabama. Aaron Murray and Tyler Wilson will both be Heisman Candidates. Rogers, Russell, Shaw and Bray have a chance to be real good in 2012. The "wild card" is a guy who could surprise, former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger at LSU.Follow me on twitter @bradyack.
SEC returns a strong QB Class
January 26, 2012, 1:23 pm