Modern college football is largely dominated by quarterbacks. Uptempo offensive attacks and pass-heavy schemes require a talented and savvy player behind center.
Quarterbacks have claimed 12 of the past 14 Heisman Trophies (including Reggie Bush), and, more often than not, having an elite player at the position is a prerequisite to contending for a national championship.
As heralded playmakers like Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Teddy Bridgewater depart for the NFL, a new crop of young quarterbacks is on the way.
The 2014 recruiting class features a slew of star-quality passers who spent their high school careers picking apart defenses. Some of these prospects will undoubtedly end up playing at the professional level, which leads us to compare their projected skill sets to current NFL quarterbacks.
Star ratings courtesy of 247Sports composite rankings.