Georgia Tech Football Recruiting: Options for the second quarterback spot

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 11: TaQuon Marshall
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 11: TaQuon Marshall /

Georgia Tech received it’s first quarterback commitment in the 2019 recruiting class on Monday and are expected to take a second quarterback in the recruiting class.

With just four quarterbacks on this year’s roster and TaQuon Marshall being a senior, the Georgia Tech football program could enter next season with just four scholarship quarterbacks again. While it’s a survivable scenario and barring devastating injuries would never be a problem, programs often like stocking up at a few positions in order to keep their options open and one of those positions is quarterback.

With Demetrius Knight’s commitment, the Jackets are getting a relative unknown to most of the college football universe and while he does have tremendous upside he is still a bit of a project at the next level.

With that all being said, the Yellow Jackets are expecting to take a second quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class. But who are the remaining options left on the board (right now) for the Yellow Jackets? Let’s take a look.

Peter Parrish – Phenix City, Alabama (Central)

One of the more highly recruited prospects the Jackets are recruiting this cycle, Parrish is a quarterback with a ton of potential. 247Sports consensus rankings rank Parrish as the 11th best dual-threat quarterback and the 315th best player overall.

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The Jackets at one point had decent ground on Parrish but have slowly slid down his list of options it seems over the past few months. Currently, the odds on favorite for Parrish appears to be Mississippi State, who like the Yellow Jackets are looking for their second quarterback in their own recruiting class.

Other schools that are considered players for Parrish right now is Cincinnati and Florida State. The Seminoles haven’t offered Parrish yet but could be in the upcoming days or weeks. If the Seminoles offer, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Parrish end up in Tallahassee.

It probably goes with out being said, but Parrish is the most talented quarterback left on the Yellow Jackets board but it just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. That being said, recruiting is strange and anything can happen.

Chance of commitment:  <10%

Jahquez Evans – Atlanta, GA (Mays)

Out of Atlanta, Evans represents arguably the Jackets best chance for a second commitment but it’s nowhere close to being over (more on that later). Evans despite being ranked lowly by 247Sports composite rankings is a rather talented prospect and his offer sheet shows that.

The Georgia native holds offers from various notable programs including Kentucky, Pittsburgh, USF, and West Virginia though they may not all be offering Evans as a quarterback. Overall, the 1,317th ranked Evans holds 21 scholarship offers while being ranked the 24th best dual threat quarterback in the nation.

Many would consider the Yellow Jackets to be the front runner for Evans and rightfully so. The two sides have had great relations according to reports so far and if he had to decide today, Evans would choose the Yellow Jackets in my opinion. That being said, the recruitment is nowhere near over, and as said before, recruiting is strange. In reality, don’t expect a commitment any time soon from Evans. Last week, Evans tweeted that his recruitment is “100% open”.

Chance of commitment: 60%

Robert Harvey Jr – Orlando, FL (Edgewater)

A Florida native, Harvey Jr represents a player that the Yellow Jackets may take a commitment from but it wouldn’t be one they accept right away. While he is talented, he represents a player much like Knight, in that he does have upside but also could be a project for the Yellow Jackets. While every quarterback has to take their time to learn the triple-option, the Yellow Jackets probably would not prefer to take two quarterbacks that may take three-years before they could see the field even as a backup.

Currently, Harvey Jr. holds 13 scholarship offers with most of them coming from “Group of Five” college programs such as Appalachian State and East Carolina and FCS schools. Power five programs that offered Harvey include North Carolina, Syracuse, and Virginia.

With a 4.41 forty-yard dash, Harvey certainly has the skill set to thrive in the Jackets offense but he does have the option to go schools where he could be a starter by his sophomore season. Overall, Harvey would be a good addition to the Jackets class but at this time, he’s probably the third option of the three quarterbacks selected.

Chance of commitment: 25%

Next: Georgia Tech Football Recruiting: What the Jackets are getting in QB Demetrius Knight, a relative unknown

Of course, other options may present themselves as time goes on for the Yellow Jackets. Nobody saw Demetrius Knight coming a month ago and that could very well happen again for the Jackets. The good news is while it would be a small group, the Jackets quarterback room with just Knight in the 2019 recruiting class would still be talented to say the least. However, you can never have enough quarterbacks and having the extra competition will never hurt as well.