Tulsa Golden Hurricane head coach Phillip Montgomery received quite the Christmas present on his new job when Temple (Texas) quarterback Chad President committed to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Thursday:
Let's ride!!! Tulsa it is!!!! Oklahoma here I come! pic.twitter.com/AvwiPvjycB— Mr.NVO (@ChadPres10) December 26, 2014
President had been a longtime pledge to the Baylor Bears, but decommitted on December 23, days after head coach Art Briles took a commitment from consensus five-star Stephenville (Texas) Jarrett Stidham. A decision by President about his future had to come quickly because he will enroll early.
So, because of Stidham's pledge to Baylor, the 6'3, 195-pounder decided to follow the coach who had recruited him at Baylor to mark a historic commitment for Tulsa -- the Golden Hurricane had landed only one four-star prospect since the recruiting rankings began in earnest in 2002 when quarterback Shavodrick Beaver signed in 2009.
Tulsa also had another former four-star prospect on the roster in Cody Green, a quarterback transfer from Nebraska.
Neither player ended up contributing much for the Golden Hurricane -- Green struggled during his two seasons at Tulsa and Beaver transferred in 2011 after losing out on the starting job in the spring to Texas transfer GJ Kinne, who did go on to a successful career and was himself a high three-star prospect.
But President should have a better opportunity playing in Montgomery's version of Art Briles' offense.
President is a consensus four-star prospect and is rated as the No. 240 player nationally, the No. 29 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 35 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Despite the classification as a wide receiver or an athlete, President will play quarterback at Tulsa.
When President pledged to Baylor in 2013, he also held offers from Houston, Texas, and Texas Tech, though it seemed that only the offers from Houston and Tulsa were committable after his decommitment.
The former wide receiver could have had more options had he been willing to switch positions, but after playing quarterback for parts of two seasons -- he missed most of his junior year with a knee injury -- President proved he could play the position after putting up over 2,500 total yards as a senior.
His highlight video is available here.
On some throws as a junior, President looked like the raw prospect that he is, throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown and sailing a swing pass over the head of his receiver. In those moments, it's evident he had a long way to go to contribute in college at that position at that time.
At other times, President looked like a legitimate quarterback prospect, throwing an out route to the far side of the field, sticking a deep slant route right on his receiver, and showing his strength to overcome a face mask penalty to find a receiver in the flat under heavy pressure.
So in terms of the physical skills necessary, President has them, but needs to continue to refine his mechanics and become more consistent. At Tulsa, he should have that opportunity, as Montgomery will undoubtedly remain patient with his star quarterback.
As a runner, President can flash the ability that made him such a dangerous target at wide receiver, with good speed for his size and some ability to make defenders miss in the open field. And at 6'3, he can also break some tackles with his strength, making him a true dual-threat prospect.
President is the 10th pledge in the Tulsa class, which ranked No. 112 in the country and No. 11 in the AAC prior to his commitment.
Now having a big-time quarterback commit in place, Mongtomery and his staff should be able to close out the 2015 cycle with some skill position talent that could be drawn to playing with President. in that sense, the pledge of President could be hugely important for the start of Montgomery's tenure.