It’s no secret that Miami has struggled to recruit the quarterback position over the last couple of years. Mark Richt almost whiffed in 2018 before snagging Jarren Williams away from Kentucky and — had Richt stayed — Miami could have gone quarterback-less in the 2019 class.
Peyton Matocha, who's biggest offers outside of Miami were Wyoming, UMass, and Army, was a late addition to Manny Diaz’s class and could be considered a filler by some.
As a senior at St. Thomas High School (TX), Matocha threw for 3697 yards with 35 touchdowns to 13 interceptions with a 57.5% completion percentage and was named Houston’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year. The potential is there, but it’s hard to sell as a home run at the moment.
In 2020, the Hurricanes top quarterback prospect is Jacksonville Mandarin’s Carson Beck, a former Alabama commit who defeated Miami Christopher Columbus in the state championship game.
Beck is one of many talented gun-slingers residing in the state of Florida this cycle and Miami is relying on his relationship with former Alabama quarterbacks coach and the Canes current offensive coordinator, Dan Enos, to solidify his commitment.
The issue with that is that he is probably going to Florida. Beck was once committed to the Gators when he played baseball before deciding that playing football was in his best interest and he committed to Alabama. He recently named Florida as his leader, and Bud Elliot of SBNation claims he could become a Gator as soon as his next scheduled visit in March.
So if the Hurricanes miss on Beck, which is likely, where do they go next? There are a few options that reside in Miami’s recruiting grounds:
Anthony Richardson (Gainesville Eastside) — Richardson is a former Gator commit that also holds offers from Georgia, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Louisville. He was invited to attend Nike’s Elite 11 camp for the nations top quarterbacks after The Opening Regional Orlando. He will be visiting the Bulldogs soon. And if you're wondering what kind of athlete he is...enjoy this clip.
Tucker Gleason (Tampa Plant) — Gleason stands at 6-2 and has offers from Georgia, Duke, and Illinois. Last year he had 2001 passing yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for over 1000 yards on 122 attempts.
Katravis Marsh (Miami Central) — Marsh has a big frame at 6-5 185 pounds and has collected G5 offers such as UCF, Tulane, and Southern Miss. He was in attendance for the Hurricanes Junior Day on February 3rd. Marsh threw for 1335 yards and 15 touchdowns at American High School in Hialeah last year and has since decided to transfer to Central where he should get better exposure.
Garrett Greene (Tallahassee Chiles) — Greene’s offer list speaks louder than his current ranking on 247, which is N/A. Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss have given bids to the 5-11 quarterback. His 2018 stats aren't anywhere, but he impressed Bud Elliot at The Opening Regional Orlando. He could be a guy to keep an eye out for.
For more on the quarterbacks, here is an article by Bud Elliot on 2020 recruits to know.
There is no telling how the quarterback board is going to shape out over the next couple of months and deep into the 2020 cycle, but if we can find a legitimate quarterback without having to go too far, that would be the ideal situation.
And for the sake of being prepared for the worst, Miami should start exploring their options with some of the other quarterbacks in this class and start building relationships as soon as possible.