2013 College Football Recruits: Quarterbacks Who Will Have the Biggest Impact

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2013

QB Jared Goff is committed to the Cal Golden Bears. (Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com)
QB Jared Goff is committed to the Cal Golden Bears. (Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com)

There are plenty of incoming freshman quarterbacks would can step right in to their new teams and start right away.

Johnny Manziel illustrated that inexperience doesn't mean that a player will struggle right out of the gate. He played in what is the toughest conference in the country, yet broke the SEC record for total yards in a season.

Being a freshman can sometimes be beneficial because opposing coaches don't have much game film  they can use to learn that player's weaknesses.

Until teams start spring practice, it's extremely hard to predict which freshman QBs will have the biggest impact.

With that said, here's three who just may do just that with their new teams.


Cody Thomas, Oklahoma

With Landry Jones graduating, there's going to be a big hole in the Oklahoma Sooners offense.

Cody Thomas is coming in as one of the more highly ranked quarterback recruits. There's a very good chance he'll be redshirted his freshman season. Until he fails to suit up at all in 2013, you can never fully know that it will happen.

If Thomas has a great spring, there's no reason that Stoops should put him on the bench for a season.

Thomas has a great combination of size, accuracy and arm strength. He also has the kind of athleticism that will allow him to elude pressure and open up more time to throw.


Jared Goff, Cal

Zach Maynard had a rather inauspicious ending to what had been a solid college career. 2012 as a whole was a year to forget for the Cal Golden Bears. They finished 3-9 and Jeff Tedford found himself out of a job as a result.

Luckily for the Golden Bears, they have a great quarterback recruit in Jared Goff who can help turn the program around.

Goff would have thrived with somebody like Tedford coaching him, but he'll be successful nonetheless. He has the prototypical size for a pocket passer, and his tools allow him to make an immediate impact.


Aaron Bailey, Illinois

Aaron Bailey is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. He'll have Nathan Scheelhaase and Reilly O'Toole in front of him when he joins the Illinois Fighting Illini, but the two were far from great in 2012.

Bailey would be able to jump over them with a solid performance in the spring. He's a fantastic athlete who can break a big play anytime he has the ball in his hands.

He also has a very strong arm, with an ability to make the throws down the field. Like most dual-threat quarterbacks, Bailey's decision-making and accuracy need the most improvement.

Those kinds of things will come the longer he's at Illinois.