2013 QB Recruits Who Could Be the Next AJ McCarron

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 22, 2013

2013 QB Recruits Who Could Be the Next AJ McCarron

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    AJ McCarron has won two consecutive BCS titles and has a chance to win a third one next season. He is the QB of an Alabama team that will come into the 2013 campaign looking to entrench itself in the record books and as an unquestioned dynasty.

    He also dates a woman that is very attractive, especially to Brent Musberger.

    McCarron serves as a fine example of a QB prospect that simply is a winner. Some may put up better numbers than McCarron and others may have better physical tools, but the Mobile native has two BCS rings on his hand.

    Which 2013 QB prospect could be walking into a situation where he will be coached properly and surrounded by the talent to do things similar to McCarron? How about we look into that right now.

J.T. Barrett

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    Commit: Ohio State

    Barrett is one of the top dual-threat QB prospects in the country and Braxton Miller won't be in Columbus forever.

    Combine the 6'1", 205-pounder's good talent and skills along with the fact that Urban Meyer will definitely stock the Buckeye roster with talent, and you start to see how Barrett may be the future pilot of a playoff team. 

Hayden Rettig

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    Commit: LSU

    LSU is always in the championship conversation and Rettig has the size at 6'3", 205 pounds and poise to be the kind of QB Les Miles digs. Rettig can get into a rhythm with his receivers, make solid decisions and not command the spotlight.

    The Tigers have a wealth of talent of their roster and recruit well every year. They'll be a team that contends annually and Rettig could be the QB who leads them. 

Max Browne

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    Commit: USC

    Browne will have to overtake Max Wittek and Cody Kessler on the Trojan QB depth chart, but there's no denying his skills and the fact that USC always recruits well. The Trojans will find a way over time to get fully out over their scholarship reductions.

    That will only re-increase their recruiting and talent level, and by then Browne should be the starter. He has the skills and potential to help throw the Trojans into contention. 

Kohl Stewart

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    Commit: Texas A&M

    Stewart, like Browne, faces an uphill climb up his college depth chart. Yet, like Browne, he does possess the talent to one day be a good starting QB.

    The Aggies have loaded up well via the recruiting trail the past two years, and there's no reason to believe they won't continue to ascend. Johnny Manziel is definitely the face of the program right now, but the young talent on the Aggie roster will need a new QB and Stewart will be in the thick of things. 

Shane Morris

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    Commit: Michigan

    Morris is already a celebrity in Michigan and Brady Hoke has clearly invested in protecting his future prized starting QB. Hoke has signed a wealth of top-flight OL prospects the past two years and has also done a good job of adding good offensive skill position talent for Morris and the future.

    The Wolverines will be among the most talented teams in the Big Ten and probably the country in a season or two. They could be poised to make several playoff runs, and Morris will be the QB calling the shots. 

Cooper Bateman

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    Commit: Alabama

    Who better to predict to be the next AJ McCarron than the guy who could be his heir apparent?

    Bateman is a 6'3", 200-pounder from Utah with a rocket arm and great straight-line speed.

    He could be the next guy up at Alabama to steer a ship that has and will continue to have an amazing amount of talent. The Crimson Tide have several great recruiting classes waiting in the wings, and those groups will help keep Nick Saban's club as a prime contender year in and year out.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He 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 and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly 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.