Add to that mix incoming freshmen Dominique Sullivan and Arsenio Favor, and you have a full house of signal callers.
However, the quarterback position, especially in the wide open spread offense is always in need of athletes who can learn and run this up-tempo system. GEP.com today will give you a run down of who has an offer from Southern Miss, and a few that we want to put on the radar that could be soon looking at an offer.
For those that have an offer, we'll give you our take on where we see them ending up. It is likely USM only signs one quarterback in this class. So, who does it look to be?
Those who hold a USM offer :
1. Matt Floyd (Milton HS, Milton FL)
Strengths: Matt, a dual threat quarterback, was named 2nd Team All-Area last season after passing for 1, 711 yards and 14 TD's while rushing for another 421 yards and 9 TD's., He possesses a very strong arm, has high football IQ, and good footwork.
Offers: Florida International, Louisville, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Central Florida
GEP's take: Louisville seems to have taken a big jump on the Florida Quarterback. He is still wide open and is waiting the process out to see who all will offer. Right now, USM is not high on his list. While USM's offense would be a good fit, we don't see Floyd ending up committing to the Eagles.
2. Broderick Hall (Paul W. Bryant HS, Cottondale, AL)
Strengths: Hall is widely considered one of if not the best quarterback prospect in Alabama. He has all the tools necessary to make a complete leader at the next level. Strong arm, quick feet, good decision making, and toughness all characterize this great athlete.
Offers: Mississippi State, Memphis, Southern Miss
GEP's take: Broderick Hall is leaning to MSU, but his offer is a verbal offer at this point. He will have to do a good job at camp in order to make that offer committable. One of his best friends, Malcolm Johnson, signed with State this year.
3. Ameriol Finley (Spanish Ft. HS, Spanish Fort, AL)
Strengths: Finley is another raw talent who will take some development to be a factor at the next level. However, he possesses the tools to get there. If his drive can match his talent, he has the chance to compete for a spot on a Division One roster.
Offers: Memphis, South Alabama, Southern Miss
GEP's take: Finley is difficult to get a read on. He stops short of naming USM a leader, but does not seem to be favoring another school ahead of the Eagles. Finley will be one to watch, and if these are the only offers, we could very well see him committing to Southern Miss.
4. Ricky Lloyd (Concord HS, Concord, CA)
Strengths: As a 2009 junior at Concord (Calif.), Lloyd led all quarterbacks in statistics, including yards, touchdowns, completion percentage and QB rating. He was a unanimous choice for First Team All-Diablo Valley Athletic League Quarterback. He threw for 2,732 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Offers: Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss
GEP's take: Lloyd has flown under the radar, but with some good showings at California camps, more school are beginning to take notice. He is more of a drop back quarterback, but could adapt to a system like USM's. With Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech offering early, that will hold some weight with Lloyd. However, it is likely his desire will be to stay closer to home, so if an offer out west comes, expect him to remain out there. Southern Miss is an early leader, but we expect more offers this summer.
Those without offers but on the USM radar:
--Maikhail Miller (Itawamba Agricultural HS, Fulton, MS)
GEP's take: Miller is leaning to Ole Miss. His dad played QB at Memphis and his uncle played QB at Ole Miss.
--Ben Stevens (West Jones, Laurel, MS)
GEP's take: Ben Stevens is wide open and would love a Southern MS offer. He will be on the road a lot this summer to see what he can do to get his talents in front of college coaches. If an offer comes, expect Stevens to commit to USM.
--Domonique Harris (Southaven HS, Southaven, MS)
GEP's take: Domonique Harris is leaning to MSU, but he wants to see what he can come up with this summer after his camp trips. USM has work to do here but is still in play.
--Bryant Baucum (South Jones HS, Ellisville, MS)
GEP's take: Baucum was high on Southern Miss in the spring, and though he does not have an offer, USM has been showing a lot of interest. He attended junior day, came to visit in the spring, and plans on attending USM's camp in the summer. Keep an eye out for a possible offer here.
--Elliot Brashier (Clinton HS, Clinton, MS)
GEP's take: Brashier is familiar with USM, and the two have had mutual interest. Brashier will be attending USM's camp, and with a good showing certainly has a chance at an offer.
--Michael Johnson (Briarcrest Christian, Memphis, TN)
GEP's take: The 6'6 Johnson has all the tools USM could be looking for. They had very high interest, but more and more schools have taken notice. Johnson is very up in the air, but as always is one to watch.
Others that have shown interest :
--Damien Fleming (Jean Ribault HS, Jacksonville, FL)
--Ty Moore (Union Grove HS, McDonough, GA)
--Brandon Wells (Calera HS, Calera, AL)
--Anthony D'Angelo (Long Beach HS, Long Beach, MS)
--Clint Hatten (Stone HS, Wiggins, MS)
--Brian Ensminger (Hahnville HS, Boutte, LA)