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May 1, 2006

Quarterback puzzle

With quarterbacks committing on what seems to be a daily basis, the quarterback puzzle is starting to take shape. Each commitment seems to affect another signal caller and this game of musical chairs is getting more and more intense as May approaches.

So the question, as always, is who's next? There are still quite a few talented gunslingers out there looking to make their decisions, but things will get more confusing for some as additional offers come in.

Pat Bostick, Lancaster (Pa.) Manheim Township
The Lancaster (Pa.) Manheim Township prospect is clearly leaning towards Pitt right now. The Panthers are looking for a marquee quarterback and Bostick fits the bill. Despite offers from many others including Georgia, Louisville, Maryland, NC State and others, expect Bostick to commit to Pitt in May.

Best guess now: Pitt
Watch out for: no one else
Click here for video of Bostick in action

Jason Munns, Kennewick (Wash.) Southridge
Munns will become quite a bit more popular when some of these other quarterbacks choose schools. Arizona State, Washington State, Utah and Brigham Young have offered early but expect PAC 10 schools like Oregon, Oregon State and possibly others to jump in this race soon. Munns, from Kennewick (Wash.) Southridge, currently plans on taking all of his official visits, but that could change if the right offer comes along.

Best guess now: Washington State
Watch out for: Cal or USC if they offer
Click here for video of Munns in action

Matt Simms, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep
Like many, Simms liked Notre Dame quite a bit. But now that the Irish are no longer an option, Louisville, Rutgers and Boston College would be among his top choices if Paulus chooses North Carolina. All three programs have signed Don Bosco Prep players in the last couple of years and have connections to the school. South Carolina and Tennessee could try to jump in here as well. Simms has mentioned no timetable specifically but it's doubtful his father, former NFL great Phil Simms, won't want to put Matt through what brother Chris went through.

Best guess now: Boston College
Watch out for: Louisville or any new big offer
Click here for video of Simms in action

Stephen Garcia, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson
Will this come down to the Old Ball Coach versus his replacement once removed in Florida for the Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson standout? It's looking that way. The Gators are desperate for two quarterbacks in this recruiting class and losing John Brantley hurt. Steve Spurrier wants a marquee guy to build his offense around it would be a bonus to get one from Florida. If Garcia picks South Carolina, they'd be done. If he chose Florida, the Gators would still be in the hunt for another signal-caller and the Gamecocks could turn their attention to Simms.

Best guess now: South Carolina
Watch out for: Florida
Click here for video of Garcia in action

G.J. Kinne, Gilmer (Texas)
The Gilmer, Tex. product is the son of former Baylor linebacker and current assistant coach Gary Joe Kinne so the Bears will be in the mix. Oklahoma, Florida and Alabama are also in there and USC could turn their attention to Kinne if they miss out on Paulus. OU is looking for a replacement for Rhett Bomar, Florida and Alabama have very little depth under center and USC is USC. Kinne said he'll sit back a bit and wait for some more quarterbacks to commit before making a decision and plans on visiting Florida, Oklahoma, Baylor and Southern Cal this summer.

Best guess now: Oklahoma
Watch out for: USC if they offer and Florida
Click here for video of Kinne in action

Josh Nesbitt, Greensboro (Ga.) Greene County
Georgia and Georgia Tech are certainly attractive to the Greensboro (Ga.) Greene County star, but Florida State, North Carolina and Auburn will make him think long and hard. Some question whether Nesbitt is a true quarterback and there is some thought that he'd make a fine wide receiver or safety. He prefers to play under center and will carefully consider all his options. Now that Paulus has picked North Carolina, the Heels are out. Beyond them, everyone else will be in the mix after May.

Best guess now: Georgia Tech
Watch out for: Georgia and Florida State
Click here for video of Nesbitt in action

Tyrod Taylor, Hampton (Va.)
Everyone assumes the Hampton Roads prospect is a lock for Virginia Tech because of a couple of guys from the area named Vick. But this is a wide open race between a bunch of teams. Virginia is now out with the commitment of Lalich and UNC is out as well with their commitment from Paulus. But Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Penn State, NC State, Florida and many others all have a shot. Taylor doesn't seem to be in any hurry and will be the most sought after quarterback in the country if he waits. I could picture Taylor at numerous schools and this one might go well into the winter, but the Hokies still have to be the team to beat.

Best guess now: Virginia Tech
Watch out for: Florida
Click here for video of Taylor in action

Chris Forcier, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Wait a minute. Why is a committed quarterback on this list? Forcier, from San Diego (Cali.) St. Augustine, already committed to UCLA so he shouldn't be listed here, right? Not so fast. Southern Cal didn't get Jimmy Clausen and couldn't sway Mike Paulus from the east coast, so who will they turn to next with an offer? It could be Forcier and it will be interesting to see if he changes his mind if that offer comes. USC might be the only school that could make Forcier think twice.

Best guess now: UCLA
Watch out for: USC
Click here for video of Forcier in action



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