Arrington Maiden, a three-star quarterback out of College Station Texas, signed with head coach Ryan Silverfield and the Memphis football Tigers on national signing day. Maiden is the 1,148th player and the 72nd quarterback in the 2024 class (247). After signing the 5th best recruit in program history in Keonde Henry, the Tigers have locked down their offense of the future. Here’s what you need to know about Arrington Maiden.
Who Was the Competition?
The race for Maiden’s signature was one led heavily by the AAC. With offers from in state schools North Texas and UTSA, it is impressive Silverfield pulled this off. Maiden’s lone power four offer was Boston College.
Junior Year: 13-3 record, Texas 5A D-1 state runner ups, 2,279 yards, 18 TDs, and 5 INTs, 4 rush TDs
Senior Year: 11-2 record, Texas 5A D-I third-round playoff appearance, 2,803 yards, 30 TDs, and 7 INTs, 67% comp, 4 rush TDs
After scouring Maiden’s Hudl page, here is what stuck out to me on tape:
-Pro Frame and Athleticism, At 6’3, 205 Maiden has the frame to gain a 10-20 pounds as well as a 4.75 40 yard dash and a 35 inch vertical. His 435 pound squat is nothing to squawk at either.
-Effective Under Pressure, Maiden is excellent at stepping up in the pocket when under pressure. His best work comes on designed rollouts, something Memphis offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey heavily incorporates.
–Arm Talent, Maiden is a very natural thrower of the ball as a couple things stick out to me. First, he has great touch on the deep ball often hitting his receivers in stride on deep balls. He has very good upper body mechanics as it looks like he’s just whipping the ball out, giving him the ability to get rid of the ball in small spaces. He also has excellent velocity on the ball, giving him the ability to hit tight window throws.
–IQ, Often times high school quarterbacks with the arm talent and athleticism of Maiden are one-read players meaning when their first read is covered, they just tuck it and run. I don’t see that with Maiden. His ability to read the field, feel pressure, then make a play is rare.
The 2024 season is clearly Henigan’s but after that, it’s an open competition with Tevin Carter’s transfer. Expect Maiden to be buried on the depth chart his freshman year but he will battle with Harris Boyd for the starting job in 2025 in beyond. Luckily for Maiden, he has an upper hand because he will be the most naturally talented signal caller on the team in 2025.