The article to which this is a part is a conceptual mess, but what does come through is how bad the SEC as a whole has been of late evaluating and developing quarterback talent. Check it out:
Between 2007 and 2016, current SEC schools signed 67 blue-chip quarterbacks — either 4- or 5-star prospects per the 247Composite rankings. Out of that group, only 32 stayed with their original school. Thirty-three transferred, while two signed to play baseball before arriving on campus.
From 2007 to 2014, 60 percent of the SEC’s blue-chip quarterback recruits transferred. The 2015 and 2016 seasons were not included in that statistic because several of those quarterbacks have yet to get on the field.
Astonishingly, all nine quarterbacks signed in 2011 and 2012 finished their careers at different schools — Jeff Driskel, Kiehl Frazier, Jerrard Randall, Christian LeMay, Jacoby Brissett, Matt Davis, Maty Mauk, Zeke Pike and Patrick Towles.
The article implies that a rash of transfers is what’s caused the recent decline at the position, but the transfers aren’t the cause. They’re the effect. Georgia didn’t fight to keep LeMay on the roster, because LeMay washed out at the position. That’s why all nine of those quarterbacks are gone. Of course, if you’re a head coach facing a hole at the position from that sort of departure, you’ve got little choice but to take a shot at asking a kid leaving another program to parachute in to provide depth, if nothing else. Necessity, mother, and all that.
In any event, it’s fair to say revolving doors aren’t a guarantee of great quarterback play. Just ask Florida. In fact,
Ultimately, failing to commit to a long-term project eventually catches up with teams. Only one transfer quarterback since 2004 led the conference in passer rating — some kid named Cameron Jerrell Newton at Auburn in 2010. Otherwise, every other passing leader has been a homegrown prospect.
Hmmm… maybe there’s something to Kirby trying to stockpile recruits at the position.