Sizing up the signal-callers

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The commitment of Venice, Fla., quarterback Trey Burton seems to have solidified Florida’s needs at quarterback for the 2010 class. But it’s still a bit early to say that Burton will be the only quarterback recruited for this class. There are a couple of factors that could play into UF’s decision to bring in at least one
more passer.

The Robert Marve factor: The former Miami quarterback’s father has hinted at the fact that his son is interested in possibly walking on at UF and competing for the quarterback spot. If he were to come this summer, he would sit out the fall, giving UF’s staff the opportunity to use Tim Tebow and John Brantley as they please. They could also use incoming freshman Jordan Reed if they wanted, but that’s too many quarterback bodies on the field if you ask me. Once Burton arrived, the Gators would have he, Brantley, Reed and Marve. Done. End of quarterback recruitment. Marve would have three years to compete, Brantley would have two and Burton and Reed would have four.

Reed’s Maturation: It will be imperative that he catch on quickly in this offense. Tebow leaves after this season and if Reed isn’t confident in the offense by the 2010 spring practice, then you have Brantley as the only one ready to go, with no immediately qualified backup (let’s assume Marve is not in the picture for this one). If the coaching staff can see during summer and fall practices that Reed isn’t catching on, it might be safe to bring in another quarterback along with Burton just to be on the safe side.

Here’s a look at some quarterbacks that have interest in UF in the 2010 class:

Christian Green: Tampa, Catholic – 6-foot-2, 200 pounds – As a junior he had 1,200 yards passing and 14 touchdowns and ran for 656 with six touchdowns. He’s one of the most athletic prospects – regardless of position – in the state of Florida and he could be the perfect guy to come in with Burton. He’s a little more athletic and like Burton, he’s a bit raw at the position. He could turn into an athlete-type player who could move around on the field. While tons of schools have offered, UF is definitely in the running.

Nash Nance: Calhoun, Ga. – 6-foot-4, 192 pounds – He’s more a pro-style quarterback, but when I saw him over the summer at UF’s camp he was the best pure passer out there. He’s more of a Brantley-type and would be a good change of pace in UF’s future offenses. UF has yet to offer, but Nance has said he’s very much interested in the Gators. His only major offer is from Mississippi State.

Barry Brunetti: Memphis, Tenn., Memphis University School – 6-foot-2, 210 pounds – He’s got great speed and a big arm. As a junior he had 1,251 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. He also ran for 704 yards and 18 scores. He hasn’t picked up a UF offer yet, but if he makes it in for a camp this summer, I’m sure he will. Getting him away from Tennessee could be hard, but from the start he has told multiple media outlets that he’s wanted to play in UF’s system.