Alex Malzone, freshman
Passing stats (Brother Rice/Birmingham, Mich.) 2998 yds, 38 TDs, 5 INT
Zach Gentry, freshman
Passing stats (Eldorado/ Albuquerque, N.M.): 2,978 yds, 26 TDs
Rushing stats: 1,057 yds, 22 TDs
Michigan signed two quarterbacks in its 2015 class, adding to an already sizable group.
Alex Malzone committed to Hoke and company after being offered last summer. The hometown product — he starred for Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) the past two years — kept his pledge throughout the Wolverines’ coaching change.
He’s been a hot commodity in southeastern Michigan for since taking over at Brother Rice. Malzone led the team to a state championship in 2013 and won Michigan’s Gatorade Player of the Year honors this season.
Zach Gentry flipped from Texas to Michigan in late January, becoming Harbaugh’s first quarterback commit in Ann Arbor. At 6-foot-7, 242 pounds, he easily has the size of an NFL-caliber signal caller as an incoming freshman.
As Speight did last year, both Malzone and Gentry have the chance of competing for the starting nod.
Malzone enrolled early and has the benefit of participating in spring practice and the spring game.
But Gentry, a four-star quarterback, is a talented specimen with a high ceiling.
“(Gentry’s) got an NFL arm. I’ve seen him flick the wrist and it’s effortless, he doesn’t have to wind up, the release is tight and he can throw it,” Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins told MLive.com in January. “A lot of times you see young quarterbacks try to get more velocity by winding up, and they lose accuracy. With him, it’s effortless. He just flicks the wrist and the accuracy and mechanics stay the same. Mechanically he’s strong, and I love his arm strength.”
It would be smart to redshirt both quarterbacks to preserve eligibility until they are ready to start.
Ineligibles and walk-ons
John O’Korn, redshirt sophomore
2013 passing stats: 13 G, 446 attempts, 259 completions, 3,117 yards, 28 TDs, 10 INTs, 58.1 pct.
Houston transfer; eligible in 2016.
Joe Hewlett, sophomore
Garrett Moores, junior
Brian Cleary, senior
Matt Thompson, sophomore