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Recruiting update: Quarterbacks

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It's going to be different recruiting quarterbacks in the coming years.

For the first time ever, there are more spread-type quarterbacks than pro-style quarterbacks. High schools are taking their cue from the colleges with the spread offense.

Nationally, it's an average year for quarterbacks. The top kid may be Gunner Kiel (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) from Columbus East (Ind.). His uncle, Blair Kiel, played for Notre Dame.

I interviewed him in November and I really liked him. He can play both pro and spread. He's got great arm strength, good overall athletic ability, great mechanics. I think he'll be the most sought-after quarterback in the country.

Here are some other QBs to watch:

* Zeke Pike of Edgewood Dixie Heights (Ky.), 6-5, 225. Plays in a spread offense and has a live arm, a quick release. Very good quickness for a big guy, can fit into any offense. The No. 1 player in Kentucky for sure; has close to 50 offers nationally.

* Connor Brewer of Scottsdale Chapparal (Ariz.), 6-2, 190. He's legit, more of a spread quarterback. Committed to Texas. Led his team to two straight state titles. Can run and throw.

* Bennie Coney of Plant City (Fla.), 6-2, 215. Spread offense QB; throws and runs very well. Built like a linebacker. Probably the most athletic quarterback in the state of Florida.

* Janeis Winston of Hueytown (Ala.), 6-4, 205. Passed for more than 2,000 yards, rushed for more than 1,000 last year. Also the best baseball player in the state of Alabama and may go for baseball over football. Leaning toward Alabama.

* Maty Mauk of Kenton (Ohio), 6-1, 190. Threw for 5,600 yards and 69 TDs last season. His brother Ben played for Brian Kelly at the University of Cincinnati. The most prolific junior QB in the country, he threw on every down.

* Cyler Miles of Denver Mullen (Colo.), 6-3, 210. A sleeper; top prospect in the state of Colorado. Completed 70 percent of his passes for around 2,000 yards and 20 TDs. Can run out of trouble.

* Zach Kline of Danville San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 6-2, 195. Committed to California. Not super big big, but he does everything well from the spread. Good live arm.

* Robert Gregory of Simeon, 6-4, 200. The best QB in Illinois. He's being underrated by a lot of people. I think he's the biggest sleeper in the country. Great skills and potential. Whoever gets him has got a dynamic future quarterback.

* Wes Lunt of Rochester (Ill.), 6-5, 190. Passed for 2,000 yards with just one interception last season. Slingshot passing motion, stands tall in the pocket.

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