CFB Recruiting 2013: Preseason Power Ranking the Top 10 QB Prospects
With the college football season just under two weeks away, that also means that the high school football season is set to kick off too. High school teams are preparing hard to defend or win various city, league, county, district and state titles this season.
Now, let's take a moment to reset our position boards and re-rank the top players at each position as we head into the season. Of course, as with anything in football, it all starts with the most popular position in the game and perhaps in all of sports: quarterback.
Here are the 2012 preseason rankings for the top 10 QB prospects of 2013.
10. Zack Greenlee
Zack Greenlee went into the Elite 11 Finals as a little-known QB from Northern California, but made a name for himself at the famed QB camp.
A 6'2", 190-pounder, Greenlee doesn't wow you much with a big arm, but he has good footwork, pocket presence, accuracy and field vision.
He really is among the best ball-handlers in the country and is not afraid to look the gun in the barrel to deliver the football downfield. This is a QB that you want leading your offense.
His recruitment will heat up this fall.
9. Tyrone Swoopes
Swoopes is a big and athletic dual-threat QB from Texas that stands 6'4", 220 pounds. He's very raw in his fundamentals but has the work ethic and willing attitude to learn and improve.
He's committed to be a Longhorn and has drawn some Vince Young comparisons. Swoopes has limited reps in the passing game, but shows a cannon for an arm. And once he gets his footwork cleaned up, his accuracy will jump exponentially.
Swoopes will dazzle as a runner, showing off good speed, instincts and playmaking ability.
8. Kevin Olsen
Kevin Olsen is a 6'3", 190-pounder from New Jersey that is headed down to Dade County to ball for Miami.
He's one of those types of players that doesn't have a single trait that is particularly overwhelming, yet solid at just about everything.
Olsen has solid timing and can really lather himself into a rhythm with his receivers. He shows solid arm strength, sees the field well and can get the ball to his weapons to allow them to make plays.
Olsen is a solid leader, plays steady and should be the field general Miami builds its offensive huddle around moving forward.
7. Brice Ramsey
Ramsey is from Georgia and the Bulldog commit plays for an offense that has limited his passing reps, so he's a bit behind in his development of reading defenses and going through progressions.
Yet, the 6'3", 190-pounder has a big-time arm, and when he is clicking on all cylinders, he can get pin-point good with his accuracy.
Look for Georgia to develop Ramsey into a top-tier SEC passer, because he certainly has all the tools to become one.
6. Asiantii Woulard
Committed to South Florida, Woulard won the MVP at the Elite 11 this summer. At 6'3" and 205 pounds, this is a big athlete that has excellent potential as a passer.
Woulard has grown very much in his field vision, showing a good understanding of finding holes in defenses and the arm strength to deliver rockets exploiting them.
He has solid accuracy and is mobile, showing the ability to factor as a runner.
USF has a gem here.
5. Ryan Burns
Ryan Burns is a classic pocket passer at 6'5", 220 pounds. From Virginia, he is committed to Stanford and will head to The Farm to learn what David Shaw does on offense.
Burns shows great arm strength, can change speeds to pitch and is accurate to all levels.
He can throw receivers open and has great field vision, showing the ability to read defenses and find voids in coverages.
4. Cooper Bateman
Bateman is from Utah, so I think the speed of the game in the SEC will surprise him initially, but he should get used to it after gaining some experience.
He's a 6'3", 205-pounder and has perhaps the strongest arm in the country at the prep level this year.
The football explodes out of Bateman's hand and whistles downfield to his targets. He is growing in his pre-snap reads but is also pretty accurate and flashes mobility to elude the rush to buy time.
Alabama is where he is headed, and his arm and potential should make him the QB of the future in Tuscaloosa.
3. Shane Morris
Shane Morris is our lone lefty on this list, but he's still among the top QB prospects in the country. At 6'3", 190 pounds, the Michigan commit is a charismatic leader with a quick set-up.
Morris can set up at any step in his drop and release the football with good power and velocity. He is cleaning up his footwork, which is aiding the improvement in his accuracy.
Morris also is a solid athlete that has the ability to get outside the pocket and make good throws on the run. The quickness of his release, arm strength and charisma are his best traits.
2. Christian Hackenberg
Christian Hackenberg is a potential franchise QB prospect out of Pennsylvania now playing at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He stands 6'3", 215 pounds and has a three-quarters arm slot delivery at times, but has great arm strength, release and accuracy.
Hackenberg can really sync his footwork and timing well with his receivers for perfectly timed throws on their routes and breaks. He can do many things well as a passer and has the skill set to attack three levels of a defense.
He'll need to work on his drops from center, but I'm very anxious to see what Bill O'Brien does with him at Penn State, because Hackenberg is a big-time talent.
1. Max Browne
I still have the 6'5", 215-pound Max Browne as the top passer in the country. Browne has been very productive in his high school career and is a gym rat toward the game of football.
He really is outstanding in the pre-snap phase, showing great intelligence in decoding coverages and a command of his offensive scheme. He has a quick release to get the ball downfield in a hurry and has solid arm strength.
Browne knows when to pitch a changeup and when he needs the fastball, but no matter what throw he makes it is usually very accurate and on point. He won't dazzle you as a runner and lack of speed, but he'll elude a rusher and his pocket presence allows him to get out of traffic in the pocket.
He should develop well and become the next great QB at USC.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.