By Kendall Webb
Publisher, College Football America Yearbook
The Class of 2016 battle for the Dream Team quarterback position is as close as it’s ever been in our four years.
The first two years, we took a couple of kids who were considered the top prospects in their respective classes — USC’s Max Browne and Stanford’s Keller Chryst — and neither has seen the field much early in their careers. This spring, we took a kid who was a little lower-ranked (Zach Gentry) that flipped from Texas to Michigan in the final days of the recruiting cycle.
But the Class of 2016 has us looking back to the top with Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson of the IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) Ascenders and Georgia recruit Jacob Eason of the Lake Stevens (WA) Vikings going head-to-head. There are others in the mix including Patterson’s 4-star teammate at IMG, Malik Henry, but the reality is, it will probably come down to those two 5-stars at the top.
It appears we’ll get multiple looks at Patterson — probably before August ends — as College Football America Yearbook Associate Publisher Chuck Cox will get a look at the future Ole Miss Rebel in a trip to De Soto, Texas, followed by Publisher Kendall Webb’s trip to Florida to see the Ascenders a week later. A firsthand look is hard to beat, but Eason puts up the kind of film that isn’t easy to ignore.
Suffice it to say, this battle could go deep into the fall before a CFA Dream Team Class of 2016 quarterback emerges.
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