Had a chance to ask Brandon Huffman, Scout.com’s national director of recruiting, a few questions via email last week. A couple of these answers appeared in our profile of Huskies quarterback signee Jake Browning, but I figured I’d pass along the rest of the Q-and-A here before signing day.
1. In your opinion, has quarterback recruiting become more or less difficult in the past 10 years? In other words, is it less of a sure thing that a 4 or 5-star prospect will pan out than it used to be? Or has the prevalence of summer passing leagues and individual QB gurus made the scouting process more accurate?
Huffman: “It’s hard to say because you still have 3-stars flourish like Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota and five-stars become busts like Jake Heaps and Gunner Kiel. To me, the key is all in development and not trying to fit a square peg in a round hole or rushing a quarterback when he’s not ready. Individual QB gurus are good on one hand but sometimes, quarterbacks come in TOO trained and they’re stuck in their ways and coaches can’t fix them when they get to college. Read more »