- Jamie Newberg, RecruitingNation
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With national signing day (Feb. 2) around the corner, here is a look at the top uncommitted quarterbacks.
Jacoby Brissett (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 25 | Grade: 78 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 220 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: Brissett is one of the most physically impressive quarterback prospects this class has to offer. He is tall, strong and can make all the throws you want from within the pocket. He is a good athlete, but we would not necessarily call him a dual-threat. He plays under center in the shotgun, has the size to scan the field and is an imposing figure within the pocket. Reminds us of former LSU QB JaMarcus Russell.
Recruiting update: The Badgers could be the team to beat right now if Brissett leaves the state. Miami and coach Al Golden are coming on strong, while new Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis recently made a big impression on Brissett. He potentially has two more visits, and the Gators, Huskies, Gamecocks and Hurricanes are possible candidates.
Cameron Coffman (Peculiar, Mo./Ray-Pec)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 33 | Grade: 78 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 175 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: There is an awful lot to like about the gritty signal-caller. He is a sneaky athlete who is much more of a runner than you might think. He has great feet and pocket movement with awareness of pressure and the tools to elude it. He has a live arm, not elite, but powerful enough to take some shots downfield and fit the ball into tight spots underneath because of his quick delivery.
Recruiting update: Unless someone comes in late, it's basically down to Arizona State and Alabama for Coffman. He has already visited the Sun Devils, and he made an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa over the summer. If the Crimson Tide have room, they could take him.
Cardale Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 34 | Grade: 78 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: Jones is a big-time athlete with a huge arm and terrific measurables, and his physical tools are very impressive. He has great size, is tall and well-built, and has long arms and big hands. He plays in the shotgun spread exclusively and displays the ability to make a variety of throws both from within the pocket and out on the perimeter. Possesses one of the strongest pure throwing arms in the class and can make every throw on the field.
Recruiting update: Jones visited Penn State this past weekend and is also very interested in Ohio State and LSU. Since LSU already has two signal-callers in this class, this will likely be a Big Ten battle; however, the Buckeyes have not extended him a scholarship offer yet.
Dexter Foreman (Alvin, Texas/Manvel)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 50 | Grade: 77 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 200 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: Foreman is a great-looking athlete. He has a thick, sturdy build and is deceptive on the move. He possesses above-average height and very good arm strength. Foreman plays out of the shotgun spread offense and is at his best in the quick passing game or when rolling out and throwing on the move.
Recruiting update: Foreman committed to Colorado early in the process, but then Dan Hawkins was fired. He recommitted to the Buffaloes' new staff only to have Colorado not show up for a scheduled in-home official visit. Foreman is currently looking for a college home.
Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Jacoby Brissett and Cameron Coffman highlight the best available quarterbacks in the 2011 class.