B/R CFB Recruiting: The Best 2022 QBs Who Remain Uncommitted

Brad Shepard@@Brad_ShepardFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2021

B/R CFB Recruiting: The Best 2022 QBs Who Remain Uncommitted

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    Zion TurnerCredit: 247Sports

    Quarterback recruiting for the 2022 class has largely stalled, as most of the major talent at the position is off the board. 

    The top 33 signal-callers on the 247Sports composite rankings have verbally committed to their programs of choice. Those pledges are non-binding, of course, but there is normally little movement from committed quarterbacks.

    Now, it's just a matter of which guys shine late and hop onto the national radar.

    Several prospects are banking on strong senior seasons to catapult them into receiving a dream offer. Others are star athletes looking to prove they can play football's spotlight position in college.

    Scouring the nation for some quarterback sleepers and potential late-risers isn't easy, but the players below have strong upsides and are at least in the conversation to catch on with a Power Five program. 

    Let's take a look at the top uncommitted QB prospects left in the 2022 class.    

A.J. Bianco, Honolulu

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    When you hear a quarterback's name out of Honolulu's prestigious St. Louis High School, you'd better listen.

    That's the alma mater of Marcus Mariota, Tua Tagovailoa, Timmy Chang, Jeremiah Masoli and others. The newest Crusader to watch is A.J. Bianco, who isn't nationally recognized yet but may be soon enough, especially if he posts a big senior season.

    The 6'3", 210-pound signal-caller boasts offers from his home state's flagship university, as well as Washington State and Nebraska. He's not rated in the 247Sports composite rankings and is the 88th-rated QB on 247Sports.

    But he's better than that.

    With the Cornhuskers getting a commitment from 2022 recruit Richard Torres, it may mean Bianco isn't on their mind anymore. But several Pac-12 schools could come calling with an offer, and he was at least on Washington State's radar as of earlier this month, according to CougFan.com's Braulio Perez.

    College coaches have made their way to the islands in the past to pluck quality quarterbacks, so Bianco will get plenty of looks if he performs. He has the size to make some noise, and he may be in line for some bigger offers soon.

Ridge Docekal, Scottsdale, Arizona

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    Another quarterback from the West who could see his interest list sprout is Scottsdale, Arizona, signal-caller Ridge Docekal.

    The state has produced some quality quarterbacks in recent years, such as brothers Brock and Chubba Purdy, Spencer Rattler, Jack Miller and Oregon incoming freshman Ty Thompson. The 6'3", 210-pound Docekal doesn't have the same recruiting pedigree or list of suitors.

    But he could still surprise and join a Power Five roster in 2022.

    Programs such as Houston, Appalachian State and Idaho have courted him. He recently threw for UCLA, according to 247Sports' Greg Biggins, and he was the quarterback MVP at the Under Armour Camp Series in Phoenix earlier this year.

    With Bruins head coach Chip Kelly possibly looking for two signal-callers and having none yet, they could go after Docekal. Other Pac-12 or Mountain West programs could come calling later too.

    He won't be a headline-grabbing quarterback since he isn't even listed in the 247Sports composite rankings, but he still could shoot up boards.

Zan Dunham, Chester, South Carolina

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    There's no question Zan Dunham is a Power Five-caliber player.

    Whether he's a Power Five quarterback is the major question, though.

    The 6'2", 215-pound athlete is listed as a dual-threat quarterback (No. 57 in the 247Sports composite rankings), but he might not venture far from his Chester, South Carolina, home to play for coach Shane Beamer's Gamecocks.

    If he does that (or goes somewhere like Virginia Tech, West Virginia or some of the other bigger-name programs going after him), it likely won't be to throw the ball. He's most likely a college defender, and South Carolina is recruiting him to play linebacker, according to Gamecock Central's Chris Clark.

    Defense may be Dunham's ticket to the Power Five, but he's also got offers from programs such as Coastal Carolina and Tulane. Would those schools give him an extended look under center? If they do, would it be enough to sway Dunham to a Group of Five program?

    He will lead Chester's offense this year as a signal-caller, and there's still a lot up in the air with his recruitment.

    Still, there's no indication he's demanding a shot to play college quarterback.

Dylan Gebbia, Mission Hills, California

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    If the name Gebbia looks familiar, it should.

    Dylan Gebbia is the younger brother of Oregon State starting signal-caller Tristan Gebbia, who was a 4-star prospect from Calabasas, California, and marked a big-time recruiting win for Nebraska before he transferred.

    The 2022 class' Gebbia is nowhere near as coveted a prospect. The 6'2", 184-pound, 3-star quarterback is unranked in the 247Sports composite and is still looking for his collegiate home.

    Lane Kiffin thought enough of Gebbia to extend an offer to him to play across the country at Ole Miss, but there hasn't been a lot of buzz reported with the quarterback and the Rebels lately. He also has offers from San Jose State and Colorado State, so jumping on a quality Group of Five program is an option too.

    Gebbia will take over for USC signee Miller Moss at Alemany High School this year, so he'll have a big stage. According to Bruin Report Online staff, Gebbia is one of several signal-callers throwing for UCLA too.

    In addition, he was recently listed by the Los Angeles Times as a quarterback to keep an eye on.

    He's definitely on the radar. 

Devin Kargman, Camden, New Jersey

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    One of the top uncommitted prospects in the 2022 class is Devin Kargman.

    In April, the 6'3", 200-pound Camden, New Jersey, product wowed at the Elite 11 regional camp in Pennsylvania, leading 247Sports' Brian Dohn to write the quarterback boasted "one of the strongest arms in the country." He also lauded his accuracy and ball placement.

    There's a lot to like about Kargman, which makes it even more puzzling why he hasn't landed with a program yet.

    With Greg Schiano and nearby Rutgers going out of state to pluck Kentucky quarterback Gavin Wimsatt, Kargman is looking at more than just the Jersey school. West Virginia and Temple (in nearby Philadelphia) are two programs that could fit him.

    Kargman reportedly has drawn interest or offers from schools such as Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, per Hawkeye Nation's Rob Howe, but Kargman needs a big senior year to crystalize that interest and ensure more firm offers.

    He has the size and skill set to be one of the top risers in the 2022 class. The No. 36-ranked quarterback might be on the cusp on proving he's worthy of consideration.

Chad Mascoe, Osceola, Florida

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    At one point not too long ago, Chad Mascoe's collegiate future was all mapped out.

    The 6'0", 220-pound dual-threat signal-caller was heading to Florida State after committing in 2018. But head coach Willie Taggart was fired in November 2019, which along with a topsy-turvy high school career, has changed things.

    Once one of the most coveted QB recruits in his class, Mascoe is at Kissimmee Osceola High School after starting his career at Thomasville (Georgia) High School. In between, he played at IMG Academy where he was a 5-star quarterback and a pledge to the Seminoles, according to Orlando Sentinel reporter Chris Hays.

    Injuries derailed that excitement, and he had a decent season a year ago but nothing that drew the biggest suitors. Now, according to Hays, Mascoe has a top group of Louisville, Florida Atlantic (where Taggart is coach), Florida International and Temple.

    Though his offer sheet has programs such as Georgia, Auburn and Indiana on it, it's unclear where he is a legitimate consideration.

    "I'll commit pretty soon," Mascoe told Hays. "In my head, I already know what school I'm going to, but I'm not trying to tell the world yet until I get everything figured all the way out. I'm 100 percent open, but I have a good feeling of what school I will go to."

    Mascoe could be one of the biggest sleepers left in the class.

DeQuandre Smith, Columbia, South Carolina

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    Like another South Carolina product quarterback/athlete on this list, DeQuandre Smith could roam SEC defensive back sevens for the home-state Gamecocks or other Power Five programs.

    Schools such as USC, Auburn, Maryland, North Carolina, LSU and others are giving him looks as a defensive back who could make waves in the best of secondaries. The 6'1", 200-pound athlete is that kind of talent.

    But, unlike Dunham, he seems set on playing under center.

    Those college options are not quite as good. According to the Post & Courier's Phil Kornblut, Georgia Southern, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic have offered him exclusively as a quarterback. He's rated as the No. 73 signal-caller in the 247Sports composite rankings and No. 50 on 247's in-house list.

    Though he hasn't made a decision, Smith told Kornblut what playing quarterback in college means to him: "Yes sir, it kind of does matter to me. Quarterback. I work really hard at it, so that's what I want to be."

    Smith may have to decide if he wants to play at the highest level or be a star on a smaller stage. However, if he can show out this year, one of those Power Five programs could give him an opportunity to play the position.

    This is a showcase season for him.

Te'Sean Smoot, Springfield, Ohio

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    Another player who is trying to prove he's a college quarterback is Ohio athlete Te'Sean Smoot

    The 6'0", 170-pound athlete from Springfield has progressed through the camp circuit this summer, and he's getting his name and game out there. 

    Smoot went to camps at West Virginia, Ohio State, Western Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina State. He also mentioned to the Springfield News-Sun's Marcus Hartman that Illinois and Vanderbilt are looking at him as a receiver or defensive back.

    Smoot told Hartman: 

    "A lot of them liked me and maybe I could have gotten an offer but they were full at quarterback so just being able to get good feedback here and there, I was one of the best QBs at some of the camps I was at. They tell me they like my poise, my confidence and my belief in myself in all my throws. Thinking I'm going to make a throw and knowing I'm going to make a throw."

    A handful of Mid-American Conference teams, as well as Air Force, Army and others are looking at him, too, and perhaps he could play quarterback for a mid-major squad. But if he can continue to improve his accuracy and prove he can play QB at a high level, a big-time program could give him a look.

    Much like Smith and Dunham, it's just a matter of what position he lands at. 

Zion Turner, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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    Zion Turner is a name you need to know.

    Not only does the 6'2", 185-pound signal-caller have a quality dual-threat game, he is also a winner, having led powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to back-to-back state championships.

    The No. 34-ranked quarterback will go for a three-peat this year and earn a quality college spot in the process.

    Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Florida International, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Pittsburgh, Southern Miss, Texas A&M, Toledo and West Virginia are all schools that have been mentioned in relation to Turner, and he visited the Mountaineers in June.

    "I feel like my skill set matches up with any offense," he told WVSportsNow's Mike Vukovcan. "I feel like I can do it all and West Virginia has the coaches and staff there that can help me become a better quarterback and help me elevate my game. The strength of my game is my ability to make plays and use my legs to help stretch out defenses keep them honest."

    Turner may not have an elite offer sheet, but he's a star athlete playing on the biggest high school stage there is in 7A football in Florida. If he has another huge year, he'll have a lot of big-name programs on his offer sheet.

Davin Wydner, Cocoa, Florida

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    Staying in the Sunshine State, Cocoa's Davin Wydner doesn't have the spotlight on him quite the way Zion Turner does.

    But he toured the camp circuit and worked out for teams such as Florida, Central Florida, Georgia Tech and South Florida this summer.

    At 6'5", 218 pounds, the nation's No. 65-ranked quarterback on 247Sports' composite and No. 39 on its in-house rankings has the size. He also has the arm strength. His recruiting profile shows "warm" interest in Northwestern, which would indicate the Wildcats are in the lead for his services.

    Other schools such as Florida International, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Florida Atlantic, Maryland are interested too. If he winds up with Northwestern, it would be a great fit for both parties.

    The Wildcats are arguably the most competitive program to offer Wydner, and Northwestern's quarterback room is on the older side with seniors Hunter Johnson (the newly named starter) and Andrew Marty two of the three major participants in a three-man competition along with South Carolina transfer Ryan Hilinski.

    After transferring to Cocoa High School, Wydner has a group of capable receivers, and Florida Today's Jon Santucci mentioned Wydner's strong arm and physical running ability as big-time pluses.

    He'll be a good pickup for some team, and he's going to have several opportunities with a nice final high school season. 

Luther Richesson, Nashville, Tennessee

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    One of the biggest sleepers on this list happens to be coached by one of the unlikeliest Super Bowl champion quarterbacks in NFL history.

    Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, has been making noise and scoring points since Trent Dilfer took over the head coaching duties in 2019, and he's got a strong-armed quarterback who is turning heads in recruiting circles.

    Luther Richesson is a 6'3", 204-pound signal-caller who will lead the Mustangs as they battle for a state title. Michigan State and Cincinnati are among his top suitors.

    There will be more, according to Dilfer, who told Main Street Nashville's Tyler Palmateer plenty of SEC, ACC and Big Ten teams are calling.

    "Recruiting isn't about how good you are; it's about how exposed you are," Dilfer said. "That's the myth. That's what the general public doesn't understand. Because you're highly recruited doesn't mean you’re better; you've been exposed more than other guys."

    Dilfer actually believes Richesson may have an NFL career someday. Coming from somebody who played the position at the highest level and has dealt with top-tier quarterbacks at the Elite 11 camp, his words should be heeded.


    All stats courtesy of CFBStats.com and Sports Reference. Recruiting rankings via 247Sports' composite rankings unless otherwise noted.

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