Recruit ratings: Where Nunez ranks among Spurrier QBs

05/09/2014 2:39 PM

01/06/2015 3:32 PM

South Carolina quietly made some recruiting history with the commitment of its quarterback for the 2015 class.

Lorenzo Nunez of Kennesaw, Ga., made his pledge to the Gamecocks on Thursday evening just before the NFL draft began. He is the fourth four-star quarterback commitment for the Gamecocks under Steve Spurrier, according to Rivals.

In fact, according to Rivals' player ratings, Nunez is right there at the top with 2007 signee Stephen Garcia. Both have Rivals ratings of 5.9, the highest of any quarterbacks recruited to USC by Spurrier.

Rivals assigns a score rating after evaluating prospects, ranging from 4.9 to 6.1 (6.1 = 5 stars; 5.8 to 6.0 = 4 stars; 5.5 to 5.7 = 3-stars; 5.2 to 5.4 = 2-stars).

Garcia was rated the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback and No. 90 overall prospect in 2007. Nunez is considered the No. 6 dual-threat QB by Rivals in the class and the No. 96 overall prospect.

Ratings can still change, so Nunez could make a move up or down before he signs with the Gamecocks in February.

Nunez (6-2, 190) plays for Harrison High in Kennesaw, about 30 minutes northwest of Atlanta. Last season he passed for 1,148 yards and 5 touchdowns and rushed for 786 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Rivals reporter Jake Reuse recently gave his take on Nunez:

Strengths: "The Kennesaw native's measurables, 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, suggest a buildable frame that will be easily developed when making the transition to college game. Additionally, he is a quick decision maker who finds his spots and unloads with a flick of the wrist. Speed is another factor Nunez brings to the game, allowing him to extend plays and create headaches for defensive coordinators he pulls the ball down to run."

Weaknesses: "At this point in his development, Nunez's next step will be working on developing consistent mechanics. The signal caller can be too reliant on his legs at times, and his film shows how often he is under duress. His ability to play from within the pocket will be a key in his game going forward."

Rivals considers Nunez the No. 11 player and No. 1 quarterback in the state of Georgia for this class.

The following is a list of the quarterbacks recruited/signed under Spurrier at South Carolina, including Thursday's commitment of Lorenzo Nunez.

Four stars

5.9 - Stephen Garcia (2007)

5.9 - Lorenzo Nunez (2015) - committed, not yet signed

5.8 - Connor Mitch (2013)

5.8 - Chris Smelley (2006)

Three stars

5.7 - Connor Shaw (2010)

5.7 - Tanner McEvoy (2011)

5.6 - Brendan Nosovitch (2012)

5.6 - Aramis Hillary (2008)

5.5 - Michael Scarnecchia (2014)

5.5 - Andrew Clifford (2009)

5.5 - Reid McCollum (2008)

Two stars

5.4 - Dylan Thompson (2010)

5.4 - Cade Thompson (2005)

5.0 - Tommy Beecher (2005)

More on the Rivals rating system

The ranking system ranks prospects on a numerical scale from 6.1-4.9.

6.1 Franchise Player; considered one of the elite prospects in the country, generally among the nation's top 25 players overall; deemed to have excellent pro potential; high-major prospect

6.0-5.8 All-American Candidate; high-major prospect; considered one of the nation's top 300 prospects; deemed to have pro potential and ability to make an impact on college team

5.7-5.5 All-Region Selection; considered among the region's top prospects and among the top 750 or so prospects in the country; high-to-mid-major prospect; deemed to have pro potential and ability to make an impact on college team

5.4-5.0 Division I prospect; considered a mid-major prospect; deemed to have limited pro potential but definite Division I prospect; may be more of a role player

4.9 Sleeper; no expert knew much, if anything, about this player; a prospect that only a college coach really knew about


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