Under-the-Radar 2015 QB Recruits You Need to Know About
The 2015 recruiting class is headlined by one of the deepest stockpiles of talent at the quarterback position in recent memory. This impressive group of passers is packed with national standouts like USC commit Ricky Town, two-time Texas state champ Kyler Murray and dual-threat Florida playmaker Torrance Gibson.
Beyond the coveted stars, value can be found across the country at quarterback. It's a pivotal year for programs in search of future starters at the position and we took a peek at passers who remain relatively underrated 11 months before national signing day.
All prospect information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
Emmanuel Gant (Tempe, Ariz.)
Emmanuel Gant may only be in the early stages of his development as a quarterback, but the Tempe High School star has potential to become a consistent college player. He led the Buffaloes to a nine-win season in 2013, engineering an offensive attack that produced nearly 500 yards per contest.
His junior season featured 3,400 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and just four interceptions, per MaxPreps. Gant added 150 yards and two scores on the ground.
He doesn't possess a rifle for an arm but delivers the ball with precision and can place it in a tight spot while moving outside the pocket. Fine-tuning is needed from a footwork standpoint, as his dropback is still somewhat scattered.
Gant, rated 18th among pro-style quarterbacks in 247Sports' composite rankings, has an opportunity to elevate his status as a prospect with a strong summer of camps and quick start to his senior season. He is still searching for a top-level FBS offer but attended a February junior day at Arizona and has received interest from Arizona State.
Kevin Dillman (Denton, Texas)
Kevin Dillman was raised in Sweden and played for the national team at 13 years old. Since moving to California, he has emerged as an intriguing prospect still scratching the surface of his potential.
The 6'4", 220-pound quarterback lost much of his junior season at La Mirada High School due to an Achilles injury. He transferred to Denton Guyer High School (Texas) in February and will compete to replace Texas signee Jerrod Heard as starter.
Dillman displays serious velocity on his passes but lacks consistent control when looking downfield. His accuracy is impacted by some mechanical issues in his throwing motion, leaving plenty of room for improvement through practice.
He is rated the No. 46 overall Texas prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings. Dillman's offer list includes Nebraska, Arizona, Arkansas and Louisville.
Cinjun Erskine (Barnegat, N.J.)
Some programs have recruited New Jersey native Cinjun Erskine as an "athlete", not quite ready to anoint him as a true quarterback prospect. With impressive play in limited action, the 6'2", 205-pound Barnegat High School standout has shown he has the tools to excel with future growth.
Erskine sat out for the first half of his sophomore season due to state transfer rules after arriving from Holy Spirit High School but quickly showed the capabilities of an effective read-option quarterback. He advanced as a passer in 2013, completing 78 throws for more than 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns.
His efforts as a rusher resulted in 650 yards and six additional scores. Erskine is instinctive and showed elusiveness in and out of the pocket while leading the team to its first sectional title game.
He is rated the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in 247Sports' composite rankings. Erskine holds offers from Miami and Massachusetts, while Penn State and Pittsburgh met him in person last season.
Tyler Queen (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Georgia is arguably loaded with more FBS-caliber recruits than anywhere in America this cycle so it's no surprise to see a promising passer emerge from the Peach State. Tyler Queen, a 6'2", 229-pound North Cobb High School prospect, possesses outstanding skills.
He consistently connects with targets 40 yards downfield and displays a powerful arm with improving accuracy. Queen is also a threat as a rusher, showing off physicality in the open field.
Auburn landed a commitment from Queen last July. He continues to command mounting interest, including a December offer from Texas A&M.
Queen threw for 1,800 yards and accounted for 26 total touchdowns as a junior, according to The Kennesaw Ledger-News. He is rated Georgia's No. 27 overall prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Brian Lewerke (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Pinnacle High School star Brian Lewerke brings strong assets to the field that should translate well at the next level. He shows polished footwork in the pocket, great awareness on the run and impressive accuracy throughout the intermediate attack.
Lewerke led the Pioneers to nine victories as a junior, throwing for 2,780 yards and 33 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. He also rushed for 460 yards and three touchdowns.
His playmaking skills are among America's elite players at the position. Another strong season would push him into another tier in 2015 quarterback rankings, in which he is rated 24th among pro-style passers by 247Sports.
Lewerke's offer sheet features Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Ole Miss.
Marquane Goodman (Florence, S.C.)
Marquane Goodman is a scintillating athlete still learning the nuances of quarterback. He plays for West Florence High School, where he accounted for 1,600 total yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, per GoUpstate.com.
The 6'1", 193-pound prospect picks up speed in the open field, earning legitimate dual-threat distinction. Goodman has a live arm and can become a very dangerous passer once he figures out how to balance touch with power.
His combination of skills landed him on 247Sports' composite rankings as the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback. Goodman holds an offer from Appalachian State, which moves into the FBS this fall.
Clemson, Florida and North Carolina State also have him on their radar.