One of the best things that head coach Dave Clawson did when he got to Wake Forest was bring in two unique quarterback prospects. Yesterday we profiled North Carolina's own Kendall Hinton, and today we go to the west coast to look at the three-star Kyle Kearns out of Pleasanton, California.
Kearns is 6-3, 195 pounds, and rated as the No. 23 pro-style quarterback in the nation according to 247Sports. He was committed to the Southern Methodist Mustangs until December 4th when he decommitted following June Jones sudden resignation. He followed that up with a commitment to Wake Forest on January 24th.
Michigan was also very interested in Kearns and came after him pretty hard, especially early on in the recruiting process.
He was a four-star according to Rivals, and the 12th ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2015 class. During his senior season he threw for over 2500 yards, with 29 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions.
Kearns joins Hinton as two high profile freshman quarterbacks vying for the starting job vs. incumbent John Wolford. It is still very early on in the process, but I would imagine that it would take quite an effort from either freshman to knock Wolford out of his starting role for the first game of the season.
While Hinton is known for his legs, Kearns is very much known for his arm, and doesn't have the same "package" type considerations that Hinton may have. What he does have is the ability to use his arm and leadership qualities to be a general on the field. That bodes well for the future and his chances of becoming the No. 1 guy moving forward to the future.
There is a lot to be decided on the practice fields over the next few months, and the quarterback position is one of many that we will be watching with great intensity.
You can follow Kyle on Twitter @kkearns15.