College Football Recruiting 2012: Ranking The Top 10 Quarterbacks
We're getting started on the 2012 crop early here at Bleacher Report. Key word being early. We're going to take an initial stab at the top 10 QB prospects in the nation.
As more and more film comes available to help the evaluation process, and more information is gathered on players in the 2012 class, this list will begin to fluctuate and change.
But with that said, here are the top 10 QBs in the 2012 class right now.
10. Tommy Armstrong
Armstrong hails from the same school as Malcolm Brown, the top running back in to 2011, of Steele High School in Texas.
Armstrong is a 6'2", 205 pounder with great athleticism for the QB spot. He's has been timed at 4.5 in the 40 and can make plays in the pocket with his arm and outside the pocket with his legs.
He's currently interested Texas A&M, Oregon, Texas Tech, Houston, SMU and Purdue.
9. Tyler Cameron
Cameron is a 6'4", 210 pound QB from Florida by way of Jupiter High School. He has a quick climb in the pocket, solid set quickness and can deliver the football with velocity due from a strong arm.
He also can escape the rush and make plays with his legs, as some will claim Cameron as a dual threat QB.
Cameron wants to commit early and has offers from Boston College, Louisville, Illinois, Rutgers, South Florida, Florida Atlantic and Marshall.
8. Zach Kline
Kline is a solid quarterback prospect who has already verballed to California. He will be molded by Jeff Tedford, whom Kline has wanted to be tutored by for years.
6'2", 200 pounds, Kline is a deadly accurate pocket passer with solid arm strength and field vision. He has the ability to scan the field, process information quickly and make great throws with precision from the pocket.
Cal offered first, yet Oregon State offered as well.
7. Zeke Pike
Piek is a big, strogn signal caller who already has college size at 6'5", 225 pounds. He has played linebacker through the years, patiently waiting for his turn at the helm.
He has drawn comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger due to size, arm strength and deceptive mobility to escape the pass rush. He probably will climb our list we continue to evaluate him.
Pike has offers from almost everyone in the SEC, Big 10, Notre Dame, USC, and several ACC and Big East schools.
6. Matt Davis
A 6'2", 200 pound signal caller, Davis tore his ACL and missed last season, yet still will be a top flight recruit in the 2012 cycle.
He has offers from schools like Alabama, LSU, Oregon, TCU, Texas Tech and Utah among an array other schools.
Davis, when healthy, has a solid arm, accuracy and athleticism to be a dangerous player in the college level. He's currently rehabbing and will use the spring evaluation period to show he's back to full health and display his throwing talents on the camps and combines circuit.
5. Gunner Kiel
Kiel has very good accuracy and command of his current high school offense. He a consistent 65% or higher completion rate passer who knows where to go with the ball in his pre-snap reads.
6'4", 200 pounds, Kiel can make throws on the run and get upfield with his legs. A solid running threat, yet Kiel likes to dissect defenses from the pocket.
Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Georgia are just a few schools to name who have extended offers.
4. Conor Brewer
Brewer likely will be the top player out of Arizona this year and rightfully so, as the 6'3", 190 pound quarterback is an interesting prospect.
He has a solid arm, can put some zip on his throws and also has solid accuracy from within the pocket. Yet Brewer is very solid run threat and strong with the football. He has good speed and is a challenge to be brought down one on one.
Alabama, both Arizona schools, Arkansas, Tennessee and Nebraska have all offered so far.
3. Greyson Lambert
Lambert reminds me a lot of former Arizona State and Oakland Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter. He's a big, tall stationary thrower with a hose for an arm.
6'5", 200 pounds, Lambert can see downfield very well which gives him great field vision. He's tall enough where his release fills throwing lanes and if his feet are set, then his accuracy is great. If he is kept clean in he pocket, Lambert will pick you apart.
Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina State have offered.
2. Bart Houston
Houston plays for national powerhouse Concord De La Salle and is perhaps their best quarterback since Matt Gutierrez.
6'4", 200 pounds, Houston is a pure winner who makes good decisions, takes what the defense gives him but also has the arm strength to beat you deep down the field. He's a solid spinner with zip on his balls and can really be an extended coach on the field.
Oregon State and UCLA stand out right now with Nebraska, Texas Tech, Iowa and USC also mentioned.
1. Jameis Winston
Again, as we move forward, this lit will continue to change, but Winston takes top honors to start the year.
Winston is a cross between 2011 quarterbacks Braxton Miller, Jacoby Brissett and Kiehl Frazier. A 6'4", 190 pound dual threat signal caller who can do what he wants, when he wants on the field.
Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Florida, Stanford, UCLA, Ohio State and Clemson are just a few to name who have offered Winston.
He's a dominant athlete at the QB spot with very good arm strength, instincts, accuracy and mobility.