2015 QB Recruits with the Best Gunslinger Mentalities
When a quarterback is called a "gunslinger," it relates to his mental toughness, confidence and competitiveness. From a tangible standpoint, the most notorious gunslingers have exceptionally strong arms.
Their arm strength is what gives them the confidence to take chances with the football. The most famous quarterback with a gunslinger mentality is probably Brett Favre, while Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is likely the best active example.
Within the 2015 class, several quarterback recruits appear to play with a gunslinger mentality. A 5-star passer headed to Texas Tech isn't afraid to gamble, while Missouri has a pledge from a 4-star quarterback who is in love with his arm strength.
Hailing from New Mexico, Zach Gentry stands out and above everyone on tape. He's 6'7" and 232 pounds, plus he has a cannon for an arm.
Gentry can launch balls all over the yard from the pocket, where his height allows him to easily see over the rush. He needs to speed up his footwork and drops, but as long as he has a right arm, he can push the football with authority to targets.
His arm strength allows him to take chances many other quarterback recruits cannot. Gentry knows he possesses a big-time arm, which can be a gift and a curse.
Tennessee, Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma State are among the 4-star passer's top schools, according to 247Sports.
Tyler Queen may not have the strongest arm on this list, but he may be the most mentally tough. The Georgia native never gives up, and he's a classic gamer.
At 6'2" and 229 pounds, Queen can pitch with accuracy and touch on his intermediate throws. His toughness and enthusiasm qualities are infectious, as he has a knack for doing something to get his teammates fired up.
The 4-star Auburn commitment has good vision and confidence, plus his leadership qualities help him deliver in the clutch.
Alex Malzone is a 3-star quarterback from Michigan who has a sharp and quick release to get the football out of his hands in a hurry.
Malzone, who is 6'3" and 200 pounds, has a gritty competitiveness about him that shines through on tape. He has good arm strength to all levels of the field, and he is not afraid to stand tall and tough in the pocket to take a big hit while making a critical throw.
He plays well under duress, plus he goes after defenses like a classic gunslinger.
Watching 4-star quarterback Drew Lock on tape is similar to watching Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler play.
Lock is a 6'5", 195-pounder who loves the fact he can drive the football to targets with a lot of velocity. His confidence in his arm strength gets him in trouble sometimes, as Lock often thinks he can fit the ball in impossible windows or can complete a pass at a poor angle.
Yet, he doesn't get too down on himself when he throws an interception because he knows he has the arm strength to come back and throw a long touchdown pass.
He's committed to Missouri.
There's going to be some throws 4-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham makes at Texas Tech that he, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and fans wish he could have back.
There's also going to be some throws that have the Red Raiders sweating bullets when Stidham releases the ball, only to see it be caught by a receiver. Stidham has fantastic arm strength, and it leads to him taking an awful lot of chances with the ball.
The 6'3.5", 190-pounder is a true riverboat gambler with the ball.
Greg Powers of Scout.com wrote on April 15:
"Jarrett Stidham from Stephenville (Texas) High is certainly not afraid to take chances with the football."