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January 15, 2013

Who is the top Dual Threat QB in 2014?

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While everyone is focused on signing day for 2013, it's time for us to look at the 2014 prospects for the FlaVarsity160.

First up - the quarterbacks. Florida has a plethora of good signal callers on the docket for 2014, but 2015 may be an even better year.

But breaking down the signal callers is no easy task. We decided to start off with the dual-threat quarterbacks. The ones defensive coordinators stay up late at night worrying about. Here's a look at five to watch for the upcoming season. To find out more information on each player, just click on the player's name for a complete Rivals.com profile.

Dual Threat Quarterbacks
Treon Harris

5-foot-11 | 180| Washington (Miami, Fla) | Dual-threat QB

Buzz: Listed as an 'athlete' because Harris is - just that. A proven leader, taking his team to the 4A state title two years in a row and winning it in 2012 over Jacksonville Bolles 35-7. Harris is a game-changer. When you think you've got him - he disappears with cat-like quickness and elusiveness. He's a threat to take off and pick up yardage and has an incredibly strong arm. Look for the Tornados to be back in the championship game in 2013 - and possibly compete for the national crown - no small thanks to Harris.

Schools in the mix: Miami, Florida State, USF, UCF, Illinois

Zack Darlington
6-foot-2 | 190 | Apopka (Apopka, Fla.) | Dual-threat QB

Buzz:Darlington has matured masterfully over the last nine months. He started the 2012 season with a disappointed 1-2 start, including losses to Dr. Phillips and Olympia - but led the Blue Darters to 12 straight wins and a state crown. He missed four games with a severe ankle sprain, or could have easily become the first 2000 yard passer and 1000 yard rusher in Apopka history. Darlington accounted for 379 total yards in that 8A championship game. He's able to move around the pocket and knows when to throw it away. Don't spy on him and he'll beat you with his legs.

Schools in the mix: Tennessee, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Nebraska

D.J. Gillins

6-foot-3 | 185 | Eagle's View (Jacksonville, Fla.) | Dual-threat QB

Buzz: Rated as a four-star prospect, Gillins suffered a season-ending injury midway through September last year and the biggest question will be - can he recover quickly. Gillins is a dual-threat QB with a cannon for an arm. His running ability may be his best asset, that along with his size. He stands in the pocket very well, but when it collapses - he makes things happen with his legs. Comparable to West Virginia QB (and Florida product) Geno Smith. The biggest question is - can Gillins come back 100 percent from his injury.

Schools in the mix: Texas Tech (soft verbal) South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia

Kilton Anderson

6-foot-3 | 200| Naples (Naples, Fla.)| Dual-threat QB

Buzz: Anderson led the Golden Eagles to 12 straight wins and a state semi-final berth against eventual 6A champion Miami Central. Naples jumped out to a 24-3 lead but could not hold on. Anderson was teamed with sr. RB Manny Morgan in the backfield, and still rushed for nearly 1000 yards while throwing for another 1300. Naples offense lit up opponents last year behind Anderson. With Morgan gone, Anderson will take more of a role offensively.

Schools in the mix: Arizona, Minnesota, Nebraska, LSU, South Carolina

Quinton Flowers

5-foot-11 | 185| Jackson (Miami, Fla.)| Dual-threat QB

The Buzz: Size doesn't matter when you have pure athleticsm. That's what makes Quinton Flowers on this list. Flowers took the Generals to within one game of the state title -in an improbable run that saw Miami Jackson knock off (in succession) American Heritage-Plantation, Miami Norland, Glades Central before a loss to Immokalee ended the Generals' season. Flowers makes things happen with his legs and arm - and very well be the top-rated dual-threat QB before the season gets started.

Schools in the mix:Alabama, Oregon, LSU, USF, Miami

Others that are 'on the list' - Alin Edouard - Hialeah; Nicodem Pierre - Coral Reef; Dimitri Leverett - Bartow; Tyquan Fields - Pompano Beach Ely

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