This is unfortunately not an alternative facts article. Taylor Powell, arguably the best player in Wake Forest’s 2017 recruiting class, has decommitted from Wake Forest and committed to the Missouri Tigers. His commitment comes just one day after receiving an offer from Mizzou.
Taylor Powell had a damn good senior season, as he threw for 3,473 yards and 44 touchdowns and also led his team to a second consecutive Class 7A state championship in the state of Arkansas. Powell was named Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year for his heroic efforts. Being from Arkansas, Missouri is a much better option from a geography standpoint.
Powell is a consensus 3-star prospect and is the 33rd best pro-style quarterback in the country, according to 247 Sports. He initially chose Wake Forest over offers from Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Purdue, and Vanderbilt. I was very high on Powell and am upset to see him flip his commitment. This doesn’t impact Wake Forest in the near future, but I thought that Powell had a great chance of being a very solid quarterback for Wake in the future.
Where does Wake Forest go from here? I’m truly not sure. Wake Forest has another quarterback commit in the 2017 class in Tayvon Bowers, but he is a greyshirt, so he will not be on the team next season. Every quarterback on 247 that lists a Wake Forest offer is already committed. Given that Wake will likely start a sophomore at quarterback this year, and will also have redshirt freshman Jamie Newman and redshirt sophomore Kyle Kearns on the team, Wake may choose not to take a quarterback in this class. This would enable them to use the scholarship on a position of more immediate need. If they do offer another quarterback before National Signing Day, then I’m guessing it will be someone currently committed to a school in a conference like the MAC.
Please stay tuned to Blogger So Dear for the latest Wake Forest football recruiting news. It’s just over a week away and promises to be a wild ride until the very end.