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Recruiting: State teams like their quarterbacks of the future

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A fresh start. A new beginning.

Another leader.

Above all, that’s what recruiting means to a college football program. And as excited as a fan might get from the attached stars to, say, an athlete or a defensive tackle, it is quarterbacking that drives recruiting, too. Fans want to know about the new passer in town and whether he can achieve greatness.

That’s true at FSU. It’s true at Florida. It’s true at Miami.

For the Seminoles of Jimbo Fisher, the future appears to be California quarterback Malik Henry, a player who was once the No. 1 quarterback in the nation and a five-star. According to, he has slipped a bit to No. 4 and four stars, but he’s still a get in FSU’s third-rated class.

He’s either going to be horrible or be great. There’s no in-between,” scouting director Mike Farrell told the Tallahassee Democrat. “He’s not going to be an average quarterback at Florida State.”

The Gators, who sputtered at quarterback once Will Grier was suspended last year, have signed the nation’s No. 4 quarterback in Feleipe Franks. They also have a commitment from three-star Kyle Trask from Texas.

Scouts say that Franks will need time to develop.

Florida has the nation’s seven-rated class under Jim McElwain.

Miami already has quarterback Jack Allison on board, eventually to replace star Brad Kaaya. That means the top three state schools all signed quarterbacks in the top 11. Miami is 17th in the nation under new coach Mark Richt.

Henry, Franks, Trask and Allison have all enrolled already.

USF doesn’t need a quarterback for. the short-term with Quincy Flowers returning for his junior year and transfer Asantii Woulard becoming eligible, but the Bulls have a commitment from Chris Oladokun.

UCF has not announced a quarterback commitment.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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