Every year the emphasis on recruiting five star players makes headlines and gives football fans a false since of hope and expectations. From 2002 until 2010, both Scout and Rivals have agreed on 21 five-star prep quarterbacks according to their research and player evaluations. Scout has been “star happy” since 2002 in praising 41 prep quarterbacks as five star recruits. Rivals only handed out 26 five star ratings to quarterbacks in there annual rankings.
This year Rivals failed to find any signal callers worthy of a five star rating and Scout marked prep quarterbacks Jake Heaps, Phillip Sims, Paul Jones, Blake Bell, and Devin Gardner with the dubious honor. Now it is time to evaluate the recruiting rankings and ask the question, are five star quarterbacks worth the expectations? Only players given five stars from both Scout and Rivals were considered.
2002 – Vince Young (Texas), Trent Edwards (Stanford), Ben Olson (BYU).
2003 – Kyle Wright (Miami).
2004 – Rhett Bomar (Oklahoma), Xavier Lee (Florida State), Anthony Morelli (Penn State), Chad Henne (Michigan).
2005 – Mark Sanchez (USC), Ryan Perrilloux (LSU).
2006 – Mitch Mustain (Arkansas), Matthew Stafford (Georgia), Tim Tebow (Florida).
2007 – Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Ryan Mallett (Michigan), Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech).
2008 – Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Dayne Crist (Notre Dame).
2009 - Matt Barkley (USC), Russell Shepard (LSU), Garrett Gilbert (Texas).
2010 – After evaluation, Rivals failed to find a five star quarterback.
Most 5 Star QB Recruiting Commits by School – Notre Dame (2), Southern California (2), LSU (2), Texas (2).
Top 5 of the 5 Stars (Lived up to the hype)
1. Tim Tebow – While the potential for Tebow to succeed at the professional level will continue to be debated, he is the only five star quarterback on the list to win two BCS titles and a Heisman Trophy. He accounted for 145 touchdowns and over 12,000 total yards during his four years at Florida. Tebow was selected in the late first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
2. Vince Young – The two-time Rose Bowl MVP, led the Longhorns to a 30-2 record as a starter and the BCS championship in 2006. Rushed for 3,127 yards and totaled 81 touchdowns during his three years in Austin. The 3rd pick of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, Young is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2006 NFL offensive rookie of the year.
3. Matthew Stafford – The 1st selection of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, Stafford threw for 7,731 yards and 51 touchdowns before leaving Georgia after his junior season. A 2008 1st team All-American selection.
4. Mark Sanchez – When purely looking at statistics, Sanchez did not put up comparable numbers to many of the quarterbacks on this list. In 2008 he posted an amazing quarterback rating of 164.4, and made the most of his opportunity as the USC starting quarterback. The 5th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.
5. Jimmy Clausen – With a 16-18 collegiate record as a starter, it is hard to place Clausen on this list. The Notre Dame quarterback did throw for 8,148 yards and 60 touchdowns in only three years. Clausen left South Bend after his junior year and was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
Bottom 5 of the 5 Stars (Should have been 1 star)
1. Xavier Lee – The athletic quarterback committed to the Seminoles in 2004. Lee never quite matured enough to lead a prestigious program and finished his collegiate career with 2,323 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Signed as undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after leaving Tallahassee after his junior season.
2. Ryan Perrilloux – The troubled quarterback was given plenty of chances by Les Miles before being kicked off the LSU squad. Transferred to Jacksonville State in 2008 and threw for 50 touchdowns in two seasons with the Gamecocks.
3. Ben Olson – Olson committed to BYU in 2002, and later transferred to UCLA after a two-year mission. Injuries plagued his collegiate career and he finished with 1,873 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Olson went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.
4. Rhett Bomar – The former Sooner quarterback transferred to Sam Houston State after the infamous Big Red Sports and Imports incident in 2006. The MVP of the Holiday Bowl in 2005, Bomar threw for 5,614 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions for the Bearkats. Selected in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
5. Mitch Mustain – Much like many other five-star athletes that play at USC, he will never get the chance to prove himself on the field. After a promising freshman season for the Razorbacks, Mustain transferred to USC in 2007 and has watched Sanchez and Matt Barkley lead the Trojans ever since.
Different Opinions (Quarterbacks who received one 5 star rating)
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford – Scout tabbed Luck with a 5 star rating coming out of high school in 2008. With the help of coach Jim Harbaugh, the 2010 sophomore threw for 2,575 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for the Cardinal in 2009.
5* QB’s Collegiate Passing Statistics (2002-2010)
1. Tim Tebow, Florida (2006). 661-985 for 9,286 yards passing, 88 touchdowns, 15 interceptions.
2. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (2007). 695-985 for 8,148 yards passing, 60 touchdowns, 27 interceptions.
3. Matthew Stafford, Georgia (2006). 564-986 for 7,731 yards passing, 51 touchdowns, 33 interceptions.
4. Rhett Bomar, Oklahoma/Sam Houston St. (2004). 584-1035 for 7,632 yards passing, 47 touchdowns, 29 inteceptions.