Chris Parent/LSU Athletics
It’s always important to have QB depth, and to use your lower ranking offers on guys with serious physical abilities. Unfortunately with the QB position, physical gifts are ancillary criteria for QB success, and are more of a mere luxury than anything else. That said, TJ Finley is a physical freak, tall, athletic, bulky, and cannon armed. LSU’s QB room is going to get crowded over the next couple years, so I ultimately expect Finley to transfer or change positions, but right now he’s number 3 on the depth chart it seems.
There was never much of a doubt of where Finley would end up. This dude committed to LSU as a sophomore and never really looked back. He did field several other offers, but the Ponchatoula product never looked back, signing with LSU.
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TJ Finley’s high school statistics are definitely concerning, and it’s impossible to scout weaknesses by highlight tape. From what I have available, he has the ability to make some impressive plays on the high end, but his lackluster production (under 50% completion, which is exceedingly bad) suggests he has trouble on a down to down basis. The SEC is a completely different animal, and it’s hard to see him suddenly figuring it out against stiff competition in such a crowded QB room. That said, he really does have an impressive arm, and can really put some cool stuff on a highlight tape. With his physical makeup, he could be a candidate for a change to DE or tight end if he gets too buried at QB.
Probably a transfer, but I wouldn’t rule out a position change either. I think if he transfers to a lower level or even the FCS, he could potentially find some success. He may also stay and provide QB depth at a school he’s been set on for a long time.
High end: Provides depth at the QB position for LSU or changes positions.
Low end: Transfers
Realistic: I think it depends on what he’s willing to do, if he is set on potentially starting at QB somewhere, I think a transfer to a lower level will happen.