Gunslinger Buzz Daily - March 29, 2023
College football QB news from Tuesday
Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
Today’s newsletter hits on another commitment date announced with more QB recruiting and ongoing quarterback competitions this spring. Let’s get right into it.
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🏈 Recruiting Report
🏈 NFL Draft Report
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL QB REPORT
Jaxson Dart sees himself as Ole Miss’ starting QB
SCOOP: Ole Miss Athletics
Ole Miss added transfer QBs Spencer Sanders (Stats) and Walker Howard (Stats) to compete with Jaxson Dart (Stats) this offseason. Dart beat out Luke Altmyer (Stats) last year in a competition that went into the regular season and is one of the Rebels’ most improved players this spring, according to head coach Lane Kiffin. It feels like Sanders is the favorite based on his four years of starting experience, but this will be an interesting quarterback room to monitor.
2024 4-star Jake Merklinger will commit this week
SCOOP: Jake Merklinger
Anywhere you look shows Tennessee as the favorite to land Jake Merklinger (GA). He’s coming off a weekend visit to Knoxville and will announce his college decision on Thursday at 12:05 p.m. ET. Merklinger has more than two-dozen scholarship offers from FBS programs, and the four finalists include the Vols, Michigan State, Georgia and North Carolina.
3 Michigan State QBs receiving equal reps
SCOOP: Spartans Illustrated’s Ryan O’Bleness
Michigan State’s two-year starter Payton Thorne (Stats) is being challenged by Noah Kim (Stats) and Katin Houser (Stats) for the starting spot, and the reps are about equal this spring, according to offensive coordinator Jay Johnson. The staff doesn’t have a timeline on a decision a few weeks into spring practice. Thorne is still likely the favorite considering nobody beat him out last season, but we’ll keep an eye on this competition.