2014 QB Recruits Who Have Opened Senior Year on Fire
Kansas State commit Aaron Sharp is lighting up the scoreboard. (247Sports)
The next crop of star college quarterbacks is currently busy blowing up defensive game plans at the high school level. Several senior passers are off to scintillating starts, justifying immense expectations.
Some of these standouts are already nearly a month into their regular season campaigns, while others are in earlier stages and still developing chemistry with receivers. They're torching teams through the air with powerful throwing arms and on the ground with fleet feet.
Here's a peek at 10 top quarterbacks in the 2014 recruiting class who are currently enjoying consistent success despite being in the crosshairs of every defense they encounter. These players have given their future college coaches plenty of reasons to feel confident.
5-Star Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.)
Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier entered his senior season surrounded by tremendous hype. That's what happens when you toss 69 touchdowns as a junior and commit to a top-tier SEC squad.
The 6'3", 180-pound Florida commit is putting up video game numbers again this year.
Grier opened his season with a seven-touchdown performance (six passing) against Albermarle, per 247Sports. He followed that effort with seven passing touchdowns in one half against North Raleigh Christian.
Then came a 334-yard, seven-touchdown outburst against Providence Day. Grier added 185 yards rushing in that matchup.
His latest victim was Harrells Christian Academy, whom he torched for 422 yards passing and five scores on 30 completions, according to MaxPreps. For those keeping track at home, that's 26 total touchdowns in the past four games.
3-Star Aaron Sharp (Humble, Texas)
Summer Creek High School standout Aaron Sharp is headed to Kansas State next season, although his presence at the Alabama-Texas A&M game may be cause for concern in Wildcat Country. He certainly looks deserving of consideration among the nation's elite so far this season.
The 6'3", 190-pound passer led his squad to an undefeated regular season as a junior and continues to cruise in 2013. Sharp was practically flawless in an opening win over South Houston.
He completed 14 of 16 pass attempts for 229 yards and three touchdowns in a 78-13 victory, according to yourhoustonnews.com. Sharp also picked up three touchdown passes against Port Neches-Groves.
He added 283 yards in that contest, leading Summer Creek to a 38-17 win.
Sharp decommitted from Utah in June before making a verbal pact with Kansas State.
3-Star Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Mason Rudolph leads a high-octane Northwestern offensive attack. The Oklahoma State commit is carving up opponents with precision passing.
The 6'4", 210-pound pro-style quarterback accounted for five scores (three rushing) in a 38-17 victory over Charlotte Catholic. Rudolph completed 25 of 34 passes for 267 yards in the win, per the Charlotte Observer.
He went on to compile 289 yards and five touchdowns on 18 completions against South Aiken, according to 247Sports. Rudolph recently rallied Northwestern to an upset win over South Carolina football bully Byrnes.
He completed 25 passes for 267 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-35 win, according to groupstate.com. Rudolph hit his receiver for the game-winning score in the extra session.
4-Star Treon Harris (Miami, Fla.)
Treon Harris is heating up for one of the top high school squads in America. He leads South Florida power Booker T. Washington with his dual-threat capabilities behind center.
The 5'11", 180-pound Florida State commit came up big in a win over Miami Central. He completed 12 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-17 win, per MaxPreps.
Harris also rushed for 93 yards a score, tallying each of Booker T. Washington's offensive touchdowns.
He torched Carol City throughout a 45-0 win. Harris hit 14 of 18 pass attempts for 239 yards and three touchdowns, according to CBS Miami.
Considered a top college prospect at several positions, he committed to the Seminoles this summer.
4-Star Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Georgia commit Jacob Park opened his senior season in style, throwing for 224 yards with three touchdowns in a 29-10 victory over Berkeley High School, per 247Sports. The Stratford High School standout is among the most heavily recruited quarterbacks in the country, holding offers from Florida State, Auburn and Alabama, according to 247Sports.
He caught fire again against Sumter High School, racking up 334 yards through the air, according to WCSC News. Park delivered three touchdown passes in the 42-28 victory.
4-Star Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.)
Deshaun Watson will always have a place among Georgia's elite high school passers. He established a new state record for career passing yards during his junior season and continues to pile on the achievements this year.
The 6'3", 200-pound Clemson commit opened he season with a dominant performance. Watson connected on 20 of 30 pass attempts for 294 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 48-12 Gainesville victory over Chattooga, according to 247Sports.
He also rushed for 92 yards and two scores against Chattooga.
In mid-September, Watson became the first Georgia quarterback to eclipse the 10,000-yard mark, per the Barrow County News.. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns in a 68-0 victory over Winder-Barrow, while gaining another touchdown on the ground.
4-Star D.J. Gillins (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wisconsin commit D.J. Gillins is a dangerous playmaker in the rushing and passing game. He proved it again against Jackson on Sept. 13 when he racked up 295 total yards and three touchdowns, per Jacksonville.com.
The 6'3", 190-pound Ribault High School standout gained 73 yards rushing in a 32-6 win.
He returned from a significant 2012 knee injury to pass for 143 yards, including a 59-yard scoring strike, in a season-opening win, per firstcoastnews.com.
3-Star Foster Sawyer (Fort Worth, Texas)
The 6'5", 215-pound passer was excellent in a Sept. 13 matchup with Dallas Greenhill. Sawyer led Fort Worth All Saints to a 56-14 win with 273 yards and four touchdowns through the air, according to 247Sports.
His offer list features Oklahoma, Missouri, UCLA and Alabama.
4-Star Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas)
Jerrod Heard is among the top Texan offensive threats and has been a Texas commit since the summer after his sophomore season. He leads Denton Guyer High School with an outstanding arsenal of skills.
Heard passed for 179 passing yards and rushed for 103 yards in a season-opening loss to Cedar Hill. He followed that contest with an even more convincing performance.
The 6'3", 190-pound playmaker completed 14 of 22 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. He added 137 rushing yards on 21 carries, per 247Sports, proving he is capable of taking on an expansive role in both offensive elements.
5-Star Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Allen led Desert Mountain to a 45-3 win over Notre Dame. He completed 14 of 16 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown, per arizonasports.com, with 194 of those yards coming in the first half.
The 6'3", 185-pound prodigy picked up five touchdown passes in a 54-28 win over Willow Canyon, per MaxPreps. Allen gained 356 passing yards on 21 completions.