Best Fits for the Top 10 Uncommitted 2015 QB Recruits
The 2015 recruiting class features several deep positions, but few compare to the talent level at quarterback. Programs hunting for premier passers are in prime position to acquire future standouts during this cycle, although options are beginning to dwindle.
Despite a flurry of recent pledges, several uncommitted quarterbacks are still surveying their options. We rank and examine 10 impressive offensive catalysts who remain in the mix for multiple teams while anticipating their ideal landing spots at the next level.
10. Chason Virgil (Mesquite, Texas)
Size: 6'2", 170 lbs
School: West Mesquite High School
Chason Virgil, a starter since his freshman season, received significant interest following a sophomore campaign that featured more than 2,200 passing yards and 24 total offensive touchdowns. He earned an offer from Texas last June during a Longhorns camp, shortly after fielding scholarships from Mississippi State, Missouri, Clemson and Arizona State.
UCLA and Auburn have also entered the picture, presenting a variety of opportunities for the multi-faceted quarterback. An April offer from Colorado is the most recent addition to his list, which should continue to expand as long as he remains uncommitted.
Best Fit: Texas
Clemson is a strong contender and hosted Virgil on campus last fall. However, he may have a better opportunity to reach the field early in Austin, where first-year head coach Charlie Strong must replenish an offensive attack that has tailed off in recent years. He could compete for playing time as an underclassman at quarterback or another position.
9. Sheriron Jones (Moreno Valley, Calif.)
Size: 6'2", 180 lbs
School: Rancho Verde High School
Sheriron Jones, a speedy rusher who can inflict damage in the open field when pass plays break down, is likely to remain out west in college. He visited Colorado in February and holds offers from Pac-12 opponents Arizona and Arizona State.
Big Ten members have also taken notice of his skill set, as scholarships from Nebraska and Indiana recently arrived. He's also visited UCLA and USC, although both programs appear set at the quarterback position for this class.
Best Fit: Arizona
Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez has a strong track record of producing successful dual-threat athletes behind center in his spread-option attack. Jones fits the mold and would work in a system that is well-suited for his development in the desert.
8. Travis Waller (Anaheim, Calif.)
Size: 6'3", 185 lbs
School: Servite High School
Travis Waller's stock is certainly on the rise, with mounting interest from teams across the country. He added offers from Northwestern and Utah in March, while Tennessee and Ole Miss have presented SEC options this month.
Washington was an early favorite, but the Huskies have undergone a coaching change and picked up a pledge from fellow 2015 California quarterback Jake Browning since initially extending the offer. Waller visited Oregon earlier this year, although the Ducks have yet to formally submit a scholarship.
Best Fit: Oregon
The Ducks don't hold a quarterback commitment and could be compelled to make Waller a top priority in the near future. If Oregon joins the race, he shouldn't pass up the chance to compete for a role in such an explosive scheme.
7. James Morgan (Green Bay, Wisc.)
Size: 6'4", 205 lbs
School: Ashwaubenon High School
James Morgan enjoyed a career year in 2013, passing for 2,500 yards and 26 touchdowns. Those efforts have elevated his status as a prospect, and he picked up his first FBS offer from Central Michigan in February.
He spent much of his junior season touring college campuses, including Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan State and Notre Dame. He attended junior day events at Wisconsin and Iowa earlier this year.
Best Fit: Minnesota
Despite a current lack of offers, Morgan is likely to land in the Big Ten. Michigan State and Wisconsin are strong possibilities, although each squad has several other passers in mind.
The Gophers have given him significant attention lately, and he attended a spring practice earlier this month. Morgan feels Minnesota's scheme offers a quality opportunity for his skill set to shine.
"I think the offense that they run fits my strengths, a pro-style where the QB is responsible for reads at the line and can run if need be," he told Rivals.com reporter Lucas Trickle. "I like their system."
6. Dwayne Lawson (Tampa, Fla.)
Size: 6'5", 210 lbs
School: Hillsborough High School
Dwayne Lawson has welcomed offers from Nebraska, Miami, Michigan State, West Virginia and Ohio State since mid-February. UCF and Florida have emerged as strong in-state possibilities, and he spent time on both campuses last month.
Lawson, who accounted for more than 3,100 total yards and 31 touchdowns last fall, doesn't plan to commit anytime soon. That leaves the door open for programs like Florida State and Auburn to offer and attempt to make a late push if they're looking for an alternative option at quarterback.
Best Fit: Florida
The Gators are still searching for a genuine game-changer at quarterback, although 2014 signee Will Grier could prove to be that guy. With Will Muschamp's future up for debate, there's a tenuous situation in Gainesville. Regardless of the coaching regime, Lawson won't have to leave his home state for a high-profile opportunity.
5. Brandon Wimbush (Jersey City, N.J.)
Size: 6'2", 205 lbs
School: St. Peter's Prep
Dual-threat standout Brandon Wimbush is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential and should see his role expand greatly as a senior. Marquee college programs have already identified him as a top target despite relatively pedestrian numbers in 2013 (822 passing yards, eight touchdown passes).
Wimbush, who worked in a run-heavy offense last fall, received offers from Michigan State and LSU last month, adding to a list of options that includes South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Ohio State. He spent time at Miami in February.
Best Fit: Penn State
His relationship with the Nittany Lions has gone to another level since James Franklin was hired. Wimbush attended a junior day at Happy Valley in February and returned to campus just five weeks later, establishing increased rapport with the new coaching staff.
4. Zach Gentry (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Size: 6'7", 230 lbs
School: Eldorado High School
The massive prospect spent time at Tennessee two weeks ago, days after receiving offers from Texas and Nebraska. Alabama and Oregon State also recently joined the fray, presenting several nationwide possibilities for the New Mexico standout.
Zach Gentry, a raw passer who showed off quality mobility last fall with 16 rushing touchdowns, also claimed offers from Northwestern, Maryland and TCU after his junior campaign. He was a relative unknown this time last year, but the landscape has dramatically changed.
Best Fit: Tennessee
The Volunteers were one of the first teams to offer Gentry during the early stages of this recent slew of interest. Butch Jones didn't pick up a quarterback in the 2014 class and is still searching for another passer despite picking up dual-threat athlete Jauan Jennings earlier this week. Gentry was reportedly "blown away" by his recent trip to Knoxville, per Ryan Callahan of 247Sports.com.
3. Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas)
Size: 5'11", 170 lbs
School: Allen High School
Kyler Murray is unbeaten as a high school starter, winning two state titles along the way. With nearly 5,000 total yards and 65 touchdowns last season, he cemented his place among the most coveted passers in this class.
He is being pursued by several programs in the Lone Star State, including Texas A&M, Texas and Texas Tech. Beyond state borders, he has drawn interest from Ohio State, Clemson and Oregon. A visit with the Ducks is expected later this month, per 247Sports.
Best Fit: Texas A&M
The Aggies have been in the hunt since Murray established himself as a top prospect and have hosted him multiple times in 2014. His father Kevin was a star quarterback at Texas A&M and head coach Kevin Sumlin is intent on keeping up family tradition. If he opts to stay in his home state, College Station is the likely destination.
2. Torrance Gibson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Size: 6'4", 200 lbs
School: American Heritage High School
Torrance Gibson enjoyed an epic spring break road trip, making stops at Oklahoma, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, Clemson and Florida. Shortly after returning home he announced Ohio State and Tennessee would definitely be on his list of official visits later this year.
Gibson, who accounted for 29 total touchdowns en route to a state championship as a junior, also recently spent time at Miami. Florida State, North Carolina and West Virginia offered last summer.
Best Fit: Ohio State
Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer has developed superstar dual-threat quarterbacks throughout his career such as Tim Tebow, Braxton Miller and Alex Smith. Gibson has always viewed Ohio State as a strong option, and his plans of an official visit confirm those thoughts haven't changed despite mounting flirtations with SEC squads.
1. Brady White (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Size: 6'2", 190 lbs
School: Hart High School
Brady White is yet another heralded recruit in Pac-12 territory. He erupted for 4,500 passing yards and 41 touchdowns last fall, earning offers from Penn State, Louisville, Kentucky and Arizona State, among others.
He visited the Sun Devils earlier this month and plans to spend time at Cal in upcoming weeks. He attended camp at Stanford last summer but doesn't currently hold an offer from the Cardinal.
Best Fit: Cal
The Golden Bears won just one game last season in the debut campaign for head coach Sonny Dykes, but the team still flashed some fireworks on offense and remains a viable option for any quarterback. Cal is looking for an eventual successor to rising sophomore Jared Goff, and White would fill that role perfectly.