Air Force is known for running the football, just like its service academy brothers from Army and Navy. That is why it comes as a bit of a shock to learn the Falcons have received the verbal commitment of Ryan Brand, a pro-style quarterback gaining national exposure as a recruit.
Brand is not currently ranked by Rivals.com, but he has qualified as a finalist for the Elite 11 and will be heading to The Opening, one of the premiere offseason camps for recruits. Mountain West Connection notes Brand is rated three-stars in recruiting rankings compiled by ESPN and 247 Sports. The 5′-10″, 190 pound quarterback has some mobility to his game as well, which will likely result in Brand being a good fit in Air Force’s triple-option offense.
Perhaps having a quarterback with improving skills could lead to some new twists in Air Force’s offensive plans. The offense could use a spark. Air Force ranked 123rd in the nation in passing offense in 2013. Only Navy and Army finished behind the Falcons. Air Force has finished in the bottom ten in the nation in passing offense each season dating back to 2007. Much of that is due to the physical size Air Force players must adhere to for military purposes, and the service academies will never be able to pull in recruiting classes of the caliber of Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon, etc. So Air Force (and Army and Navy) make the best with what they have.
If the talent can be placed around Brand at other positions though, Air Force could potentially have something Army and Navy tend to lack; diversity in the offense.