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Inside the huddle: Class of 2023 quarterbacks

Florida State has three quarterbacks on the roster for the 2022 season: Jordan Travis (redshirt junior), Tate Rodemaker (redshirt sophomore) and true freshman AJ Duffy. It will be interesting to see if after spring practice FSU tries to enter the portal and bring another arm on board for the upcoming season.

For the class of 2023, FSU already has a commitment from Chris Parson of Ravenwood (Tenn.) High. He is rated as the 305th overall prospect in the country, 17th overall quarterback and 7th in Tennessee according to the composite rankings on 247Sports. Parsons is not the only quarterback that FSU has shown interest this off-season. Dante Moore from Martin Luther King in Detroit has been on campus this spring, and FSU will keep an eye on Marcus Stokes from Nease HS. We will break down all three options and give our opinion on what FSU should do. 

Chris Parson

Parson has a lively arm. He can make most of the throws asked of him. He is accurate when Parson has time to throw. We like that he looks for the big plays. He is going to try and push the ball down the field. Parson is also a very good athlete. You can design plays for him to utilize his athletic ability. Parson is a kid that with proper coaching and patience could be a very good quarterback at the college level. Parson does need to work on certain things: He has a tendency to lock on to his No. 1 target and not come off him no matter what. In college he will not be able to get away with this. It is alright to dump the ball off to your running back if the main receiver is not open down the field. If he can work on a couple of things, Parson should be able to compete for the starting job but he will need time to develop. Parson’s Hudl highlights 

Marcus Stokes

The Ponte Vedra Beach Nease standout has seen his stock sky rocket of late. This happens all the time in Florida with quarterbacks. He has a solid arm and can make most of the throws asked of him. Look for Stokes to really start to see more offers this spring once college coaches are able to come through his program. He has a bit of a hitch in his throwing motion. You can design some run plays for him to pick up some first downs. Stokes’ HUDL highlights

Dante Moore

He is a five-star. There is no question that he has talent. He has a good arm and can make the throws asked of him and can push the ball down the field. He just needs to work on consistency throwing the ball. He will make one nice throw and then come back with one where you are shaking your head. That lack of consistency is one of the things that will hold him back. He needs to work on improving his mechanics and footwork. Do that and Moore should excel. While rated high he is not a prospect that can come in and start day 1. He needs time to adjust to the college level. Moore’s HUDL highlights

Final Thoughts

FSU probably needs to take two quarterbacks in the 2022 class. Travis has another season after this but may decide after five years of college to try the pro ranks. Rodemaker is someone that has been on campus for three years now and may get beaten out by Duffy. Depth could become a concern. It will be interesting to see how it plays out but we feel that taking two quarterbacks would be the smart move as you can never have enough arms.