The 2014 college football recruiting class is filled with talented offensive linemen and defensive players, but the top quarterbacks of the class sometimes get lost when talking about this year's top talents.
There are talented pro-style and dual-threat quarterbacks, though the class' top signal-callers happen to be of the pro-style variety. That being said, mobile QBs like Jerrod Heard (Texas) have the potential to make lasting impacts in their collegiate careers.
Heard is the No. 1 dual-threat QB in the nation and the No. 79-ranked prospect overall according to 247Sports. He rushed and passed for over 2,000 yards each in 2013. That type of talent is hard to come by.
That being said, it will be the pro-style QBs who become the talk of this class. Here are the top three to monitor.
Kyle Allen, Pro-Style
Kyle Allen may become the next great Texas A&M quarterback.
Following Johnny Manziel's declaration for the NFL draft, A&M may be looking for Allen to take over at quarterback right from the start. Bleacher Report's own Barrett Sallee breaks down what he thinks Allen needs to work on to win that role:
Allen is both talented and humble. Rob Cassidy of SI.com is full of praise for the young signal-caller:
Kyle Allen is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in America. His arm? Outstanding. His footwork? Impressive. His mechanics? Flawless. His ability to take a compliment, on the other hand, needs polishing.
Filling the shoes left by Manziel won't be easy. Should Allen take the starting job, fans will need to adjust to seeing a pocket quarterback as opposed to a mobile playmaker like Johnny Football. A&M may be going through a small rebuilding period of sorts after losing Manziel, Mike Adams and Jake Matthews to the NFL, but Allen is a good candidate to build around.
Keller Chryst, Pro-Style
Stanford landed Keller Chryst from Palo Alto, California on national signing day, and 247Sports is very high on the young quarterback's accuracy, delivery and intangibles.
Chryst has elite footwork and great presence in the pocket. This resulted in him torching high school defenses for big yardage through the air (via Andrew Kulha of Bleacher Report). He won't be able to make it look so easy at the collegiate level, but he's in a good position to succeed whenever he's handed the job at Stanford.
He can make any throw in—or out—of the pocket.
The best thing about Chryst is that he fits the Cardinal offensive system perfectly. He has all the tools to be the next great Stanford quarterback. While it might not be fair to say that he can be the next Andrew Luck just yet, he certainly has the tools to make that happen in the future.
David Cornwell, Pro-Style
Andrew Gribble of AL.com breaks down what will stand in David Cornwell's way of starting for the Alabama Crimson Tide this upcoming season:
Alabama, if you haven't heard, is looking for a new quarterback for the upcoming season, and Cornwell is certainly among those who will be considered. A couple of things are working against him, though. Nick Saban has yet to let a true freshman quarterback take a single snap since he arrived at Alabama.
That being said, Cornwell has the advantage because of his size. He's by far the largest quarterback on the roster and has no problem seeing over the top of defensive lines. Couple that with the fact he was mobile enough to rack up over 700 yards and six rushing touchdowns as a senior in high school, and you've got yourself a potential star.
If he pans out like 247Sports projects he will, then Alabama will have found its heir apparent to A.J. McCarron.
*All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise stated.
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