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November 8, 2002When it comes to having talented quarterbacks the West and the Southeast regions always seem to come out on top for one reason or the other. And looking at the new Rivals.com Southeast Top 25 Quarterbacks, it's easy to see that there are many future stars on the list - including Kentucky commitment Andre Woodson, who is ranked as the region's No. 3 signal-caller.
Woodson is just one of the stars from the Southeast for the Class of 2003 and he's had both an impressive junior and senior seasons to back up that lofty ranking.
And you have to be impressed with the Wildcats' ability to land Woodson when he was recruited as hard as any other player in the Southeast.
"I've had a gut feeling for a while that it was going to be Kentucky," Woodson said told The Kentucky Sports Report. "But you do have to wonder about playing out-of-state when some of these other schools start calling you.
"But UK has been there so long. It feels like they've been the right team for a long time."
At No. 1 on the list is Robert Lane of Monroe (La.) Neville. The future LSU Tiger is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound dual-threat quarterback that can kill defenses with his rock arm and his ability to also make things happen with his feet.
At No. 2 on the list is JaMarcus Russell of Mobile (Ala.) Williamson. Russell is a rare combination of athlete and quarterback. At 6-5 and 225 pounds, he has the ability to see over defenses, but can also use his athletic ability to maneuver and find the open receiver.
South Carolina's top quarterback is at No. 4 on the list in Syvelle Newton, who is 6-2 and 210 pounds. Florida has a commitment from the No. 5 quarterback in the region - Justin Midgett. Midgett was the first nationally recruited quarterback to make his decision way back in the spring.
There are some fast-risers on this list - but one player that has really caught Rivals100.com's eye is Oliver Bozeman of Ft. Lauderdale Dillard.
Bozeman, who is 6-3 and 170 pounds, is a lefty that currently leads all passers in the state of Florida with just over 2,000 yards through the air and 21 touchdowns. On the season, Bozeman has moved around to the total of about 600 yards on the ground and another eight scores.
"I take a lot of pride in my passing. I consider that my first option," he said. "But I can move around if I have to. And I do."
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Marshall have offered Bozeman, who is ranked as the region's No. 16 quarterback.