Although the recruiting process for the class of 2008 is still a month or two away from really getting hectic, it's never too early to begin to evaluate the top prospects out of the class of 2009. After reviewing film on junior quarterback Tate Forcier, there is no question he's easily among the best pure throwers in any class right now.
Forcier, 6-1, 185 pounds can flat out spin the rock. We first saw him at the NorCal NIKE Camp two years ago following his freshman season and he was already throwing the ball better than just about anyone at the event. Mechanically, Forcier is nearly flawless and has everything you're looking for in a signal caller.
The quarterback takes a great drop, has a quick release and the ball comes out of his hand so effortlessly. There is no wasted motion in Forcier's delivery and he has an absolute cannon for an arm. He's very accurate and can throw on the run or outside of the pocket equally well.
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Forcier does a great job of avoiding the rush and making that first guy miss and he has more than enough athleticism to be a threat to run for 1st down yardage at any point on the field. He also shows great poise in the pocket and plays with a swagger that you like to see from a field general.
Some will knock Forcier because he's 6-1 and not 6-4 but there have been multiple quarterbacks excel at the next level and even beyond who weren't much bigger. It's important to understand quarterbacks are throwing through passing lanes and not over the top of a 6-6 lineman anyway and with the depth that Forcier gets on his drops, we don't see his size being a factor.
On the recruiting front, Forcier has early offers from Arizona, Wisconsin and Stanford and said in a recent interview that his top five schools at this time are Penn State, Florida, Stanford, Michigan State and Wisconsin. He'll likely make his college commitment sometime early in 2008.