College Football Recruiting 2011: Where Are the Top 10 Quarterbacks Headed?
As we wrap up the 2011 college football recruiting season, we'll be breaking down the top talent at every position on the field and telling you where all of the nation's most prized recruits are headed. And we'll start with the most high-profile position of them all.
Check out where this year's top 10 quarterbacks will be playing college football in 2011.
10. Cody Kessler, USC
Kessler is Rivals' No. 2 pro-style quarterback and is the second of USC's great haul at the position.
He's got prototypical size and a high football IQ. On the field, he makes good decisions and doesn't force passes. However, he's also hesitant to go for the big play and often times manages the offense rather than leads it.
Kessler committed to USC in June and should compete with fellow 4-star quarterback Max Wittek for positioning on the depth chart over the next four years.
9. Kyle Boehm, Cal
Boehm is still raw and could take some time to develop, but he's got prototypical size for the position and the strongest arm in the class.
While he doesn't have a lot of speed, he's a physical player that can make things happen with his legs when he needs to—although his lack of pocket awareness tends to get him into trouble more than you'd like to see.
One of the Golden Bears' first commitments, Boehm pledged for Cal back in May and now is one of the headliners of a very talented group of recruits.
8. Bubba Starling, Nebraska
Bubba Starling, a top-10 QB, is considering bypassing college football for major league baseball and might head to the pros if he's picked in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Seems the baseball scouts are as excited about this kid's pitching arm as football scouts are. That's because it's one of the best in the country.
Luckily for Nebraska, it has 4-star quarterback Jamaal Turner to fall back on if Starling, who committed in June, decides to bail after all.
7. J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State
Commitment: Oklahoma State
Walsh is about as close to a 5-star quarterback as you can get without actually getting that fifth star. He has one of the strongest arms in the country and the beauty is it's only getting stronger as he grows older.
By the time Walsh fills out his frame and gets into a college workout program, he could have a very rare arm attached to his shoulder.
He's got a great spiral on his ball and can lay it out softly or power it into his target, depending on the situation. Not many passers at the high school level have such a great touch on the ball and an understanding of how to throw it depending on positioning.
Along with 5-star running back Herschel Sims, Walsh is one of the top recruits from Oklahoma State's surprisingly strong 2011 class.
6. Brett Hundley, UCLA
Hundley is a very physical quarterback with the best footwork of any elite QB prospect. He loves to run the bootleg, and at 6'4'' 220 lbs, when he gets going in space, he's difficult to bring down.
He's got a bad habit of winding up and there's a lot of work that needs to be done on his throwing motion, but that's about all there is too worry about.
He's got great instincts, can read a defense in a heartbeat, and can make all the throws you want to see from a college quarterback.
Hundley chose UCLA over Washington back in September in a surprise decision considering he would have had a lot more talent joining with the Huskies.
5. Christian LeMay, Georgia
LeMay was one of the top quarterback prospects in the country, rated top three at his position by both Rivals and Scout as a junior, but was suspended for his senior year and left school early to prepare for college.
He's a natural winner and leader, the type of quarterback who stays calm under pressure and makes plays when it really counts. There aren't many quarterbacks with as much athleticism and throwing ability on the run.
LeMay committed to Georgia in April and plans on enrolling early to begin preparing for the 2011 season.
4. Kiehl Frazier, Auburn
Kiehl Frazier is a dangerous dual-threat quarterback who could run a spread, an option, a pro-style, or pretty much any offense you could dream up.
He throws the deep ball with excellent power and accuracy and he can really do some damage when he gets loose in open space.
He's a pass-first guy that will beat you with his arm first and mostly takes off when the defense allows him to, much like a Braxton Miller. He's not as big or as strong as Miller, though, and there are some technical issues with his throwing motion.
Frazier committed to Auburn in May and is the top overall recruit from the Tigers' 2011 class.
3. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater is the next great quarterback from Miami Northwestern High School, and if you had to compare him to anyone, it would be UM quarterback Jacory Harris, who was the starter at Northwestern before Bridgewater.
They both throw an accurate ball, have great pocket presence, will stand in the face of pressure until the last second, are mobile, and can throw on the run when the pocket collapses.
One of the highest-profile decommitments in the country, Bridgewater was originally the headliner of Miami's class, but decommitted in early December and quickly pledged to Louisville.
2. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Commitment: Ohio State
Miller is an ideal dual-threat quarterback who possesses great quickness, elusive ability and a powerful arm that really puts a lot of pressure on defenses. He runs a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and can change direction on a dime.
There are very few prospects capable of dominating a defense the way he does. Miller doesn't force plays, but rather lets his opponent choose how they're going to play him and then takes advantage of whatever they offer.
The top recruit from Ohio State's stellar 2011 class, Miller committed to the Buckeyes in June.
1. Jeff Driskel, Florida
The No. 1 quarterback of the 2011 recruiting class, Driskel is the complete package at the position.
He's described as a pure pocket passer, but has the athleticism and speed to make plays happen with his legs when he needs to. He's got a very strong arm and is an accurate passer who can make all the throws a college quarterback needs to make.
The second recruit of Florida's class, Driskel committed to the Gators in April, and considering the John Brantley situation, he could see the field faster than originally anticipated.
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