1 thing to know about every B1G QB who signed Wednesday
The Early Signing Day was an eventful one, and not just for an HBCU signing the No. 1 overall player in the country. There were 12 B1G teams that signed quarterbacks on Wednesday. Here’s 1 thing to know about each of them, starting with the highest-rated in the 247Sports Composite:
No. 4 Drew Allar, Penn State: Stayed true despite pressure from Ohio State
Allar is going to be one of the most talked-about players in the coming years partly because he is the B1G’s highest-rated QB recruit in this class. But the bigger reason is that he’s an Ohio native who stuck by his commitment to Penn State despite Ohio State making a strong push for him after Quinn Ewers reclassified. With Sean Clifford coming back for another year, Allar has time to learn in 2022 before potentially taking over in 2023.
No. 6 Devin Brown, Ohio State: Could have been a Trojan
Brown initially committed to USC, but with that coaching staff turning over, he reopened his commitment and landed on a final 3 of Ohio State, Texas and Ole Miss. Even though he played high school ball in Texas and Nevada, the connection to Ohio State makes sense since he was coached by Joe Germaine, who played QB for Ohio State in the 1990s.
No. 13 Katin Houser, Michigan State: Late bloomer whose best days are ahead
It’s a credit to Houser for persevering through some challenging times. He only played 4 games as a sophomore due to injury, then transferred out to play in California as a junior, which was terrible timing because his season got delayed to the spring because of the pandemic. The payoff could be huge for Michigan State, because Houser came on the scene late when most teams already had a QB in this class.
No. 15 Brady Allen, Purdue: The hype is already building
This was huge for Purdue to keep the likely Indiana Mr. Football in his home state. After winning his school’s first state championship this fall, the 6-foot-5 Allen will have big expectations over the next 4 years, especially considering some of the numbers that other QBs have put up at Purdue.
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No. 28 Alex Orji and No. 30 Jayden Denegal, Michigan: A surprising 2-QB class
With the coaching change at Virginia Tech, Orji became the second QB in Michigan’s 2022 class. It’s the first time since 2015 that Jim Harbaugh has taken 2 QBs. The coaching staff obviously likes Orji since it made a late push to get him. What does that mean for Denegal, a fellow 3-star signee who was expected to sign Wednesday but still hadn’t at time of publication? He probably comes to Ann Arbor with a chip on his shoulder. It’s going to be interesting to see how it plays out, considering they are so close in the recruiting rankings.
No. 29 Carson May, Iowa: Looks like a lot of other Hawkeye QBs
Even as other programs become more apt to take smaller, mobile QBs, Iowa certainly seems to stick to its type, and May fits the mold. He is a pro-style QB at 6-foot-5, the same height as Spencer Petras and within an inch of Ricky Stanzi and Nathan Stanley. I’m not judging a book by its cover, just noting that Iowa obviously likes what it likes.
No. 31 Beau Pribula, Penn State: Could provide good depth
Pribula is an in-state kid who committed before Allar and also served as insurance in case Allar flipped to Ohio State. It isn’t necessarily common for programs to take 2 QBs in one class, but it’s not unheard of (Ohio State notably did this last year). It’s probably going to result in someone transferring eventually, and given the rankings, that could be Pribula. But the lifelong Penn State fan seems committed to finding a role with the Nittany Lions, so we’ll see what happens.
No. 41 Myles Burkett, Wisconsin: Trying to prove he’s a B1G QB
According to Burkett’s father, an Iowa assistant told the family that he couldn’t play QB in the Big Ten, and Burkett did get 5 MAC offers. The in-state signee will be eager to prove the doubters wrong. He’s 6-foot-2, but that’s hardly a deterrent anymore with how well smaller QBs have played in the NFL. Leadership matters most, and that’s what Wisconsin likes about Burkett.
No. 44 Jayden Suaray, Maryland: QB of the future?
Suaray is only the third scholarship QB on the roster, behind Taulia Tagovailoa and VMI graduate transfer Reece Udinski. That means Suaray has a head start on the battle to be Maryland’s QB in 2023 or 2024.
No. 49 Jacob Knuth, Minnesota: Top recruit in South Dakota
Knuth is the No. 1 recruit from South Dakota in this year’s class, but the question is going to be about the competition he faced in high school and whether that translates into the Big Ten, which always has excellent defenses.
No. 58 Richard Torres, Nebraska: Only played 4 games as a senior
Torres isn’t going to make any headlines right now, especially after he played only 4 games in his senior season due to injury. It’s going to be interesting to see how a guy recruited by the now-departed QB coach Mario Verduzco can fit in. The guess here would be that Torres is years away from being in the mix since he’s coming off an injury and playing for a position coach who didn’t recruit him.
No. 71 Donovan Leary, Illinois: Bret Bielema’s first hand-picked QB
As first-year head coach Bret Bielema tries to turn Illinois into a winner, it’s worth monitoring the types of players he goes after. Leary won’t start, as Syracuse transfer Tommy Devito and and Art Sitkowski will battle it out for that honor. But Leary will have a good chance to develop under offensive coordinator Tony Petersen.
No. 116 Jack Lausch, Northwestern: Under-recruited QB flips from Notre Dame
Lausch was going to walk-on at Notre Dame for football and also play baseball, but with Brian Kelly bound for LSU, the Chicago Sun-Times High School Player of the Year just committed this week to Northwestern. It is unknown if he’ll play baseball in college with Northwestern.