The dominoes are starting to fall with regards to quarterback recruiting for the 2014 cycle.
Most believe that Stanford will land the nation's top-ranked pro-style quarterback, hometown prospect Keller Chryst.
At this position, the top prospects in the country tend to commit much earlier because most programs sign just one per cycle and they offer more than that, so even one of the most talented prospects in the class could lose their spot at a program they are considering. For 2014, things have actually gone a little slower than most cycles, but we are starting to see things fall into place.
Chances are, at least eight of the top 10 pro-style quarterback prospects in the 2014 class will be committed by the beginning of football season, perhaps more.
Last week, the nation’s No. 4 pro-style quarterback according to the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite rankings, Caleb Henderson (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) and the No. 8 pro-style quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) committed to North Carolina and Oklahoma, respectively. With Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) committed to Florida, Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.) to Clemson and Clayton Thorson (Wheaton, Ill./North) to Northwestern, only five of the top prospects in the 2014 class remain uncommitted.
The top five remaining pro-style quarterbacks are expected to end up playing in conferences from coast-to-coast.
Keller Chryst, Palo Alto (Calif.)
Chryst is the top-ranked pro-style quarterback prospect according to 247Composite and is an Under Armour All-American. Most believe the son of San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst will stay in the Bay Area and attend Stanford, though USC and others have offered and he’s visited there and Alabama.
What does the 247Sports Crystal Ball say? Stanford 100 percent
David Cornwell, Norman (Okla.) North
Cornwell, a five-star prospect according to 247Sports and the No. 3 pro-style quarterback prospect in the 247Composite rankings, has a laundry list of offers, most of which he has obtained following the first of the year, when he stood out at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Combine in San Antonio. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound strong-armed Under Armour All-American signal caller has visited a number of programs and doesn’t give away much about what he’s thinking in terms of favorites.
That being said, 247Sports Crystal Ball has a consensus opinion on where he will land. Alabama 100 percent
Kyle Allen, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Allen, a U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection, is the No. 1 overall prospect in Arizona according to 247Composite and the sixth-ranked pro-style quarterback nationally. Allen has a host of offers from programs across the country, but is expected to remain from Texas west when all is said and done. Arizona State and UCLA are the two programs that our analysts feel you should watch with regards to Allen’s recruitment.
What does the 247Sports Crystal Ball say?- UCLA 71 percent, Arizona State 29 percent
Drew Barker, Hebron (Ky.) Connor
Barker, a U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection, is the No. 7 pro-style quarterback prospect in the class according to 247Composite. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder looks destined to play in the SEC East as Kentucky, South Carolina and to a certain extent Tennessee are battling for his services with a decision likely just around the corner. Most believe it will come down to heading to Columbia to play for Steve Spurrier or staying closer home at playing for Mark Stoops in Lexington.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball is somewhat torn here South Carolina 71 percent, Kentucky 29 percent
Note- Follow 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst’s Steve Wiltfong’s Barker Crystal Ball prediction very closely. Wiltfong has not made a call yet and there’s a reason for it. Also keep an eye on the projection of 247Sports National Analyst Keith Niebuhr.
Jacob Park, Goose Creek (S.C.) Stratford
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Park is extremely gifted physically with good size, a big arm and athletic ability to make plays with his feet. Though Alabama and host of other programs have offered, signs right now point to him landing at Virginia Tech with offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, who nearly had Park committed when he was on the staff at Auburn. Should the Crimson Tide move heavy on Park, things could get interesting, though.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball has a consensus- Virginia Tech 100 percent
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