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Power Ranking Top 10 QB Recruits in Class of 2015

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMarch 3, 2014

Power Ranking Top 10 QB Recruits in Class of 2015

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    Florida quarterback Torrance Gibson.
    Florida quarterback Torrance Gibson.Credit: 247Sports

    The 2015 recruiting class is uniquely loaded at quarterback. Recruits from across the country bring a full range of skill to the position, presenting an abundance of elite prospects for collegiate programs to target.

    We studied game film of the nation's top players in an effort to identify the best of the bunch. Here's our examination of quarterbacks ready to succeed on the big stage, based on production and potential.

     

    All prospect information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

Best of the Rest

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Through three seasons of high school football, dozens of 2015 quarterbacks have emerged as Division I prospects. We narrowed our list down to the top ten, but there are several passers on the fringe of earning top-tier status at the position.

    Here's a look at five players who could rise with strong senior seasons.

    Jarrett Stidham (Stephenville, Texas)

    The dual-threat playmaker accounted for 44 total touchdowns last fall. Stidham (pictured) is a serious force in the open field once his 6'3.5", 190-pound frame gets churning.

    He compliments his quickness with pinpoint passing on the run. Stidham has largely flourished in a short yardage passing scheme and there are questions about his velocity.

    His offers include Oregon, Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama and Texas Tech.

     

    Ty Storey (Charleston, Ark.)

    The 6'3", 216-pound passer is still developing downfield accuracy but completes a high percentage of passes in the intermediate attack. Storey puts speed on throws but remains unrefined when it comes to elbow motion in his delivery.

    He threw for 4,200 yards and 52 touchdowns as a junior. The Arkansas commit is a true pocket passer who won't do much damage outside of the pocket.

     

    Zach Gentry (Albuquerque, N.M.)

    Gentry is among the most skilled offensive recruits in the southwest. The 6'6", 230-pound prospect is impressively mobile for a player of his stature and rushed for 16 touchdowns as a junior.

    He has significant progress to make in the accuracy department. Gentry remains in a relatively raw stage as a passer but is a project worth investing in.

    Tennessee and Oklahoma State rank highly on his expansive offer list.

     

    Dwayne Lawson (Tampa, Fla.)

    Lawson stands tall in the pocket at 6'5", 210 lbs. The Hillsborough High School standout is an effective runner in short yardage situations and delivers quality touch on downfield passes.

    He rushed for more than 1,000 yards last fall while passing for 2,100 yards and two touchdowns. Accuracy is a point of emphasis for Lawson, who holds offers from Florida, Ohio State and UCF.

     

    Brandon Wimbush (Jersey City, N.J.)

    Wimbush stars at powerhouse St. Peter's Prep High School. He is strong, quick and showed off a powerful throwing arm in limited opportunities as a junior.

    The 6'2", 205-pound quarterback is an outstanding athlete who is still learning how to orchestrate an offensive attack. Wimbush could skyrocket in rankings with a strong start to his senior season.

10. Jake Browning

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    Size

    6'2", 185 lbs.

     

    School

    Folsom High School (Folsom, Calif.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Jake Browning led his team to a sectional title during a historically scintillating junior campaign. He set California single-season records for passing yards (5,737) and touchdowns (75), per MaxPreps.

     

    Scouting Report

    Browning announced his arrival on the recruiting scene with a national record-tying 10 touchdown passes in his 2012 varsity debut. He's remained consistent since and is now well established as an extremely accurate passer and strong leader.

    He directs traffic as well as any quarterback in the country, checking his reads even while evading pressure. Browning doesn't fold under duress and refuses to quit on plays.

    His penchant for delivering passes through traffic makes him exciting in high school but presents a double-edged sword for his prospect status. Browning has the touch to make completions in tight coverage but his velocity may not be great enough to zip those passes past collegiate defensive backs.

     

    Recruitment Status

    He received an offer from Washington during a campus visit last summer. The Huskies remain a top option despite head coach Steve Sarkisian's departure.

    Browning also holds offers from Boise State, Utah and Oklahoma State, among others.

9. Brett Rypien

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Size

    6'2", 185 lbs.

     

    School

    Shadle Park High School (Spokane, Wash.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Brett Rypien delivered Shadle Park to 12 victories as a junior. He eviscerated defenses throughout a dominant campaign that featured 57 touchdowns and more than 4,200 yards through the air, per The Seattle Times.

     

    Scouting Report

    Rypien has a well-crafted drop back that features impeccable footwork and is consistent every time. He lacks top-level speed but still shows off legitimate elusiveness when pressure arrives.

    His throwing motion is just about as tight as the footwork. Rypien's shoulders remain square as he goes through his progressions.

    He is very accurate finding receivers across the middle and displays touch when working the sideline. There are concerns about his power, which may limit his ability to stretch the defensive backfield.

    He is a nephew of former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Rypien remains uncommitted. He has spent time with a slew of programs, including Arizona State, Washington, Boise State and Washington State.

8. Tyler Queen

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Size

    6'2", 229 lbs.

     

    School

    North Cobb High School (Kennesaw, Ga.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Tyler Queen continued to build off a spectacular sophomore season. He threw for 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns, adding six additional scores on the ground, according to The Kennesaw Ledger-News.

     

    Scouting Report

    Queen connects with consistency on passes in the 40-yard range. His arm strength commands respect from any opposing defense, and so do his legs.

    He shows serious burst in the open field. Queen carries the ball like a fullback, showing physicality with a bruising style of rushing that serves as a valuable asset near the goal line.

    Queen deals with occasional aim issues. When that part of his game is cleaned up, there's a high ceiling for improvement as a passer.

     

    Recruitment Status

    He committed to Auburn last July. Queen continues to receive interest from other teams, including a December offer from Texas A&M.

7. Kyler Murray

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    Size

    5'11, 170 lbs.

     

    School

    Allen High School (Allen, Texas)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Kyler Murray completed a second consecutive state title run in 2013. He passed for 4,600 yards and 46 touchdowns, while rushing for more than 1,200 yards and another 19 scores.

     

    Scouting Report

    Murray operates with incredible poise and is undefeated as a starting quarterback in high school. He is fundamentally sound, displaying seasoned lower body mechanics in the pocket.

    His passing skills are elite within 25 yards of the line of scrimmage. Murray's most pivotal improvements must come in his deep passing attack.

    No quarterback in the country routinely flourishes as a runner like Murray. He darts out of the backfield and exploits rushing lanes with ease.

    Murray's height will be heavily scrutinized in college but we've seen similarly sized passers enjoy recent success at all levels of football. His dad, Kevin Murray, was a star quarterback at Texas A&M.

     

    Recruitment Status

    The Aggies aim to have Murray follow in his father's footsteps to College Station. Clemson, Ohio State, Florida and Oregon are among other teams attempting to secure his signature.

6. Torrance Gibson

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    Size

    6'4", 200 lbs.

     

    School

    American Heritage High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Torrance Gibson spearheaded American Heritage's journey to a state championship. He threw for nearly 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns, while tossing just three interceptions.

    Gibson added 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

     

    Scouting Report

    As a runner, Gibson is a long strider who takes some time to pick up speed but quickly becomes a major threat when he finds a rushing lane. He typically passes while moving, rarely situated stationary in the pocket.

    He occasionally looks restless when contained and forced to remain behind center. While rolling out, Gibson delivers darts with a quick release.

    He can chuck the ball downfield but remains a largely unpolished passer. His throws don't consistently come out clean and Gibson's receivers must often work to reel in the ball.

    The raw arm strength is apparent. He just needs to harness it.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Gibson attended a January junior day at Miami and remains a high priority for the Hurricanes. His offers feature Florida, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Auburn.

5. Blake Barnett

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    Size

    6'3.5", 195 lbs.

     

    School

    Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Blake Barnett bullied defenses during the 2013 season, throwing for 2,300 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games, per MaxPreps. He missed some snaps early in the season due to an injury but managed to lead the team with 695 rushing yards and 13 scores.

     

    Scouting Report

    Barnett is athletic enough in the open field to excel in an option attack at the next level. He is an underrated rusher who picks up yards in a hurry.

    Barnett's strength allows him to fire strikes on the run, maximizing his scrambling abilities. He can be excitable in the pocket and get careless with fundamentals at times, especially when it comes to his foot placement.

    His guts as a passer can get him into some precarious situations. Barnett will fire throws into space that shouldn't be tested.

    Still, he has a big-time arm that becomes even more dangerous in a spread offense.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Notre Dame landed a commitment from the recruit in November. His other options include Alabama, Michigan and Arizona.

4. Brady White

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    Size

    6'2'", 190 lbs.

     

    School

    Hart High School (Santa Clarita, Calif.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Brady White claimed a California Southern Section title, capping off his most productive high school season. He passed for more than 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns, tallying another nine scores on the ground.

     

    Scouting Report

    There is undeniable zip on White's passes that immediately stands out on tape. He is extremely precise on attempts up to 30 yards downfield.

    White surveys the field and doesn't get stuck on one receiver. His quick release combined with toughness in the pocket provides plenty of time for plays to develop.

    He is a headstrong player, willing to stand in the pocket for a downfield delivery moments before a defender hits him. White is a capable runner but does his best work directly behind center.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Nationwide interest in White has quickly heated up. Penn State, California, Louisville, Maryland and Arizona State each offered during a four-week stretch this winter.

3. Drew Lock

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Size

    6'5", 195 lbs.

     

    School

    Lee's Summit Senior High School (Lee's Summit, Mo.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights:

    Drew Lock led the Tigers to a 10-2 season. He threw for 3,000 yards and 35 touchdowns, completing 60 percent of his 331 pass attempts.

     

    Scouting Report

    His massive frame enables him to slip out of sack attempts and fight off tacklers. Lock has no trouble locating receivers and shows excellent peripheral vision.

    He is by no means mobile but can step up in the pocket to avoid a pass rush. His throwing motion is slightly elongated but that doesn't prevent him from serving up some serious heat.

    Lock relies on his arm strength too much at times, sacrificing footwork. That fundamental flaw may be the only thing keeping him from making a case as the best quarterback in this class.

     

    Recruitment Status

    He attended junior day at Missouri in February. The in-state squad must contend with the likes of Ole Miss, Kentucky and Tennessee for his services.

2. Josh Rosen

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    Size

    6'4", 205 lbs.

     

    School

    St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, Calif.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Josh Rosen helped carry St. John Bosco to a state championship as a junior. He directed a star-studded offensive attack, accumulating 3,200 passing yards and 39 touchdowns.

     

    Scouting Report

    Rosen stands tall and slings the ball. He can comfortably deliver throws 50 yards on a rope.

    A clear leader for a national powerhouse program, Rosen has command of his offense and the teammates involved. He does a tremendous job leading receivers, hitting them in stride on timing routes.

    Rosen isn't particularly mobile but creates space by maneuvering laterally in the pocket. He becomes a rushing threat in short yardage situations.

    This a confident quarterback who attacks defenses like a technician. Players like Rosen can't be found in every class.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Rosen is set to announce his commitment on March 20. He received a late offer from Florida State, adding to a list that features UCLA, Texas, Michigan and California.

1. Ricky Town

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    Size

    6'4", 205 lbs.

     

    School

    St. Bonaventure High School  (Ventura, Calif.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Ricky Town tallied more than 2,300 passing yards for the second straight season. He connected on 25 touchdown tosses, completing nearly 70 percent of his attempts.

     

    Scouting Report

    Town shows excellent touch on all varieties of throws, especially when coverage calls for extra air underneath the football. He is dynamic on the move in an attack that often features designed roll-outs to his right side.

    He is better than any quarterback in the country at giving receivers an opportunity to come down with the football. His footwork also sets him apart, as he always maintains a solid foundation in the backfield.

    Town's approach is tight, consistent and methodical. The tools are in place for Town to continue his progression as a passer and dominate in college.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Town initially committed to Alabama but flipped to USC in January. He provides the Trojans' new regime with a pivotal building block.

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