Top Prospects: Quarterbacks

Top Prospects: Quarterbacks

On the offensive side of the ball the quarterback position is vital. Find out more about the top quarterbacks in Tennessee in 2008. There are several getting a lot of attention in hopes of gaining offers as their senior season rolls around.

Jamal Ramsey, 6-1.5, 174 pound quarterback from Franklin–Battle Ground Academy (Tenn.) has offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, and Miami Ohio. Ramsey is a very athletic quarterback with a good arm and an ability to make plays. Look for him to have a big season and potentially roll in a few more offers in the near future. His mobility will allow him to be a successful quarterback at any of the schools that have offered.

Even though he probably will not play quarterback at the next level, Marsalis Teague, 5-10, 174 pounds from Paris-Henry County (Tenn.) will be a great high school quarterback to watch in 2008. Teague reports offers from Miami, Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest to name a few. He has a good combination of breakaway speed combined with quick feet that allow him to make some great moves on the field. Look for Teague to have a big season and potentially lead his team to a state championship appearance.

As a third year starter Will Gilchrist, 6-2, 190 pound quarterback from Savannah-Hardin County (Tenn.) hopes to use his experience to lead his team. Gilchrist, who boasts offers from Louisiana Tech, Navy, Middle Tennessee, and most recently Ohio. Like many quarterbacks across the state he is a dual threat. As a junior he threw for a school record 2072 yards and rushed for 463 yards on just 94 attempts averaging 4.93 yards per carry.

Southern Miss will have a year to watch their quarterback of the future in commitment Chris Campbell. Campbell who will lead his Memphis-Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.) this season decided to jump on a good opportunity early in the process. He was being courted by a number of schools, but felt most comfortable with Southern Miss in the end. He maintains good size, a good range, and a good arm. Campbell along with teammate Austin Long plan to navigate through a tough field of teams into the playoffs.

The year 2008 is a strong year for the quarterback in the western part of the state. Another prospect from out west is Nathan Jolley from Germantown-Houston (Tenn.). Jolley is a prospect who shows good range in his passes and is able to throw the mid level routes well. The schools that seem to be showing him the most interest at this point are Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, and Western Kentucky. Jolley impressed Coach Dave Clawson of Tennessee at their summer camp and is still receiving some attention from the Volunteers. As a junior he split time at the quarterback spot, but this season as the full time starter Jolley will be asked to lead the offense. He will have a good chance with an offense that features other quality class of 2009 prospects like running back James Walker and wide receiver Nick Nelms.

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