Assuming no further indecision on the part of the somewhat indecisive Mitch Mustain and Ole Miss hauling in Brent Schaeffer, then SEC schools will have signed both of Rivals.com's five-star pro-style quarterbacks and both of their five-star dual threat signal callers. In addition, Auburn and South Carolina locked up the two four-star pro-style quarterbacks in Alabama, Neil Caudle and the hopefully not aptly-named Chris Smelley. Fully half of the teams in the conference will be bringing in highly-touted starters, which will make comparisons over the next 4-5 years very entertaining. Also, two of the major powers in the league - Tennessee and LSU - brought in hyped quarterbacks last year: Jonathan Crompton and Ryan Perriloux, respectively. That leaves Alabama as the lone major program in the SEC that has not brought in a hyped quarterback in the past two years, although Bama fans swear by the athleticism of Jimmy Johns, a three-star quarterback they brought in last year, and they have visions of him being their Vince Young. (Sure, Vince was a mega-recruit and Johns was not, but don't let Bama fans stop with their delusions of grandeur. They still think that their two decades of good, but not great football are the aberration, as opposed to their two decades with the best coach in college football history.)
The interesting question is whether the influx of quality quarterbacks will cause SEC offenses to start throwing the ball more, like they did in the second half of the 90s when Steve Spurrier was doing his Coach Bryant impression (with slightly better diction and slightly fewer national titles) and the rest of the conference was desperately trying to keep from being left behind. Since Spurrier, with Nick Saban's LSU and Mark Richt's surprisingly defensive Georgia taking leadership mantles in the league, games have become more and more defensive, with this year possibly being the zenith of offense in the SEC (or the apex of SEC defense, depending on your perspective.) This summer, I foolishly predicted an offensive renaissance because of the number of offensive-oriented coaches coming into the league. I'm still thinking that such a move will happen and the quality quarterback crop of February 2006 could be a reason why, although their impact will not be felt for a while.