Gunner Kiel and 5 QBs SEC Fans Should Be Excited About

Eli Nachmany@EliNachmanyCorrespondent IIIDecember 28, 2011

Gunner Kiel and 5 QBs SEC Fans Should Be Excited About

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    Wednesday morning, top quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel committed to SEC powerhouse Louisiana State University.

    Kiel is another top-notch signal-caller that SEC fans should be excited to see in coming years, joining other field generals who decided to take their talents to the NCAA's best football conference.

    As if the SEC didn't have enough to smile about, the next few years will feature top-level quarterbacks lighting up the scoreboards, which is always fun for fans to watch.

    Here are five young quarterbacks that SEC fans should be looking forward to seeing play in a few years.

Gunner Kiel

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    Originally a verbal commit to Indiana, Kiel changed his plans and retracted his commitment for the opportunity to play SEC football at LSU.

    The top quarterback recruit in the nation, Kiel has good size at 6'4", 215 lbs and has a very strong arm that will be on display at the highest level of college football in a few years.

    I especially like Kiel's touch on big-time throws and I know that Les Miles will find a way to get the very best out of this quarterback's skill set.

Jeff Driskel

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    Entering his sophomore year as a Florida Gator, Driskel may be the starter as soon as this year.

    After watching the tape on this young quarterback, he's a true dual-threat player who has a cannon for an arm, a knack for the big play and a willingness to stay on his feet as a ballcarrier.

    Driskel has amazing footwork and does all of the little things correctly, like checking down when he needs to and taking shots deep when appropriate.

Maty Mauk

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    Maty Mauk ran a bit of a gimmick offense in high school, but there is no denying the rare arm strength or seldom-seen accuracy that this young football player possesses.

    In college, Mauk will take full advantage of Missouri's wide-open spread offense and he should put up prolific numbers, even against SEC opponents.

    This quarterback is a competitor and should win games for Missouri at the next level, helping to ease their transition into the SEC.

Matt Davis

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    Thanks to conference realignment, Mauk (Missouri) and Matt Davis (Texas A&M) are both considered SEC recruits.

    Davis is a running back as much as he is a quarterback, with great ballcarrier vision, excellent speed and tough running skills.

    Throwing the football, Davis is a step or two behind these other quarterbacks, but he makes good passes on the run and has nice arm strength for his size (6'1", 215 lbs).

Zeke Pike

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    When talking about Pike, it's important to realize that this quarterback needs some seasoning before he can be handed the reins to an SEC team, as the young signal-caller has a tendency to run his mouth.

    On the field, though, scouts love Pike's combination of size (6'5", 220 lbs), accuracy and arm strength. The Auburn-commit really has everything that a pro-style quarterback recruit could want to possess.

    Pike is another special player worth talking about in the host of high-level quarterbacks set to take over the SEC.