The trend continues for quarterbacks to commit earlier in the recruiting cycle than most other positions. However this year, several other positions seem to be catching up.
Solomon is a tremendous pickup for Rich Rod and the Cats.
Often colleges will only take one quarterback in a recruiting year, but there are several occasions where multiples are taken.
Here's a quick snapshot at where each school in the Pac-12 currently sits with their quarterback recruitment. (in alphabetical order)
On Sunday the Cats snared a big time commitment from Bishop Gorman (Nev.) slinger Jarrett (Anu) Solomon. He is the first quarterback commitment for Arizona in the 2013 cycle. It is expected Arizona will take at least one more quarterback in this class after a depleted depth chart leaves them no other option.
The Sun Devils have yet to really kick start their 2013 recruiting class but it doesn't mean that can't be changed in a hurry. As is the case with recruiting a school can get hot and snare several commitment in a short span. ASU does not have a quarterback commitment thus far. They currently seem to be most interested in Troy Williams, Tyler Bruggman and Brayden Scott among others. Look for the Sun Devils to take one in this class.
The Bears have secured a solid commitment from Marin Catholic (Calif.) quarterback Jared Goff. If Goff had not committed so early in the process he may be in a much bigger national spotlight. However it appears the Bears are done at the position for 2013 and are building some depth behind starter Zach Maynard and incoming freshman Zach Kline.
Oregon will host Anthony Jennings next week as Chip Kelly searches for a QB.
The Buffs made a big splash with the addition of a regional sleeper in Sefo Liufau. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Liufau did not have many offers but was quick to chose his future home during an unofficial visit in Mid-April. It's expected Colorado has landed their lone quarterback commitment and picked up a great one in Liufau.
Surprisingly the Ducks have yet to make their quarterback splash. As is customary for Oregon to start a bit slower, they only have two commits, both coming in-state. Anthony Jennings is expected on campus next week and the Ducks will continue to explore all options. I'd also keep an eye on Johnny Stanton and Brandon Cox if the Ducks need to dig a bit deeper. After signing two in 2012, expect Oregon to sign a single quarterback in the class of 2013.
The Cardinal reached back into the NorthEast and snared a big-time commitment from Ryan Burns. The past success of Andrew Luck continues to pay dividends for Stanford who are likely one and done at the position this year.
The Bruins have seemingly had a quarterback commitment since about the time they hired Adrian Klemm to coach offensive line. Klemm has a very close relationship with Eddie Printz and his father which is exactly why they followed him from SMU. The Bruins have 'flirted' lightly with the thought of another quarterback but seem pretty unlikely to move hard after another. With Devin Fuller coming in the Summer and Printz in 2013, the depth chart is getting some much needed depth.
USC has tremendous depth at the QB position for years to come with 5-star Max Browne.
Can you say quarterback U? The Trojans were almost always the team to beat for five-star Max Browne since the early stages. They have him firmly in the fold, and with limited scholarships to use, and a very talented depth chart, there is no need to pursue another quarterback in 2013. In fact, Browne could almost be considered a pure luxury in this class, if that's even fair to say about the No. 1 rated quarterback in the country.
The Utes don't have a quarterback commitment in the 2013 class so far. But it's certainly not for a lack of trying. Utah has been sending out offers in bunches hoping to lure in some top talent. The good news is the West is still loaded with quality arms and most of the Pac-12 is already done at the position. This could be a landing spot for Johnny Stanton, Kolney Cassel, Chad Kanoff or Andrew Elffers among other top names still on the board.
Last year the Huskies landed two big-time arms in the class of 2012. This year they are in the luxury of not having to have a quarterback, however they seem intent on taking one. Troy Williams is headed to town this weekend and Washington will have it's shot at making an impression. If the Huskies miss on Williams, like Utah mentioned above there are still tons of quality options on the board including in-state sleeper Kolney Cassel.
Surprisingly the Cougars don't have a QB commitment yet in 2013. It's surprising given the success of Mike Leach and his wide-open attack on offense. It's not surprising in the same instance that it is still Washington State. However, Leach has one of the top arms in the country leading his team, Jeff Tuel. And yep, you read that right, top in the country. Kid's good and will explode onto the CFB scene this year.
Johnny Stanton may be one of the best kept secrets out West. His recruitment could rise significantly.
Washington State will more than likely attempt to lure two commits at the QB position in a much-needed attempt to build some depth.
No Shortage of options
Perhaps there are not a great number of 'can't miss' type quarterbacks out West this year, but it's still deep on options. There are a number of talented options still on the board, and an array of styles. It's amazing to me some of the recruits and their talent and yet they are still looking for some bigger options as June approaches.
Keep an eye on Kolney Cassel, Johnny Stanton, Isaac Dotson, Luke Del Rio, Brandon Cox, Khari McGee, Cameron Birse and Kelly Hilinski among others to wind up attracting some more buzz and ultimately find a landing spot. Utah, Arizona and Washington State are just a few programs that could benefit from this depth of quality arms out West this year.