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RSC Recruiting Analysis - Quarterbacks

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With Jevan Snead returning and Nathan Stanley waiting in the wings, I thought that it would be very difficult to get a QB worth anything to sign with us. It's crucial that a program signs a legitimate quarterback every year. This year, we signed two quarterbacks.

Raymond Cotton - 6'4" 215 lbs. - 4.6 (self-report)
Cotton is the type of quarterback that we had to sign this year. Before the season even started, quarterback was a necessity in our recruiting class. With only one guaranteed quarterback on scholarship in 2010 (Nathan Stanley), it was important to sign a quality player to compete with him once Jevan graduates (or leaves for the NFL). Cotton is a perfect fit.
When selected to participate in the exclusive national Elite 11 camp, Cotton garnered the following praise.
"One of the nation's more intriguing quarterback prospects in the Class of 2009, possessing some incredible physical gifts. He's a rare combination of size, power, speed and arm strength. Still very raw mechanically and needs polish, but has a chance to be something very special down the road. Posted a whopping 109.14 SPARQ Rating at the New Orleans Nike Combine this spring and also threw well in drills at both the Tuscaloosa Nike Camp and EA SPORTS Elite 11 regional camp. Father is in the Coast Guard and has recently moved to Maryland after playing his junior seasons at Mobile (Ala.) Faith Academy, where he helped his team to a state title game berth."

I'm excited that he's a player with all the physical tools but is a little raw. He has two years (hopefully) to develop under Kent Austin before he will be asked to take over for Snead. Cotton's physical abilities are uncanny. He's fast, throws the ball on a rope, etc. It will be interesting to see what his decision making is like since that's not something you can really tell from a video.



Clayton Moore - 6'1" 200 lbs. - 4.75 (self report)
I don't know what to think about Moore. Well before he committed to us, I heard him being talked about as the best QB in the state. He played well as a senior, but his off the field issues overcame that. How much of a dick do you have to be if you're the starting QB and get kicked out of the playoffs? Don't you think the coach thought he needed his QB? It just spoke volumes to me. Then came the reports that his team mates voted him out of the next playoff game. Also, I think everyone forgets about that ridiculous interview he conducted on his way home from camp when our coaches hadn't offered him and he expected it. I just think that Moore has some growing up to do. I hope that he succeeds and eventually sees time at Ole Miss, but I'm not going to count on it.