The quarterback landscape takes shape in Hillsborough County

Former East Lake quarterback Tucker Gleason has been named the starter at Plant. | Special to the Times.
Former East Lake quarterback Tucker Gleason has been named the starter at Plant. | Special to the Times.
Published June 8 2018

Order was restored to Plant's quarterbacking universe this past week when Tucker Gleason was named the starting quarterback.

Gleason, who transferred from East Lake in the offseason, emerged from a spring battle that included six others vying for the job. The junior replaces Jordan McCloud, who is now at USF.

That announcement significantly changed the quarterback landscape in Hillsborough County. Two of the Panthers' starting candidates have already left for other schools, setting off a flurry of moves that has resembled a game of musical chairs among signal callers.

Former Tampa Catholic quarterback Charlie Dean, who transferred to Plant four months ago, is now at Hillsborough. The Terriers had an opening at quarterback after two-year starter Tyler Thomas left to go to Jefferson.

Thomas is the third Hillsborough player to transfer to Jefferson this offseason.

"We're very to happy to have Charlie here," Terriers coach Earl Garcia said. "It's a huge upgrade for us at quarterback."

Gabe Weldon, who was in the quarterback mix with the Panthers, transferred to Tampa Bay Tech. He has the chance to replace Mike Penix as the Titans' starter.

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