Recruiting is the mother’s milk of college football. Simply put, you need good players combined with good plays to make a good team.
There are a lot of recruiting services out there that do admirable jobs in keeping tabs on the top prospects. It’s probably physically impossible to keep track of all of them. Keep in mind that over 2,000 student-athletes will sign letters of intent on or around February 1 and most of the recruiting services have only bothered to rank, at most, the top 250 or so. That means that fully 80 percent of the players who sign are unknown to some extent.
The problem is when you get into misevaluations of the prospects that we do know about. Unfortunately, not everyone is good at evaluating talent, or ranking them accordingly and that’s why, outside of the obvious freaks who jump out at you, mistakes are made.
No one is perfect in evaluating players, but some are better than others and that’s why HP has brought aboard famed scout Lannie Julias to help with creating our first ever ranking of high school players. Lannie is one of the legendary names in scouting and recruiting circles. A native of Los Angeles (and a Dorsey High grad), Julias has had coaching stops at Utah State (under Bruce Snyder), Southern, New Mexico and Colorado (under Chuck Fairbanks) among others. It was at Colorado where he gained the reputation as being the ‘best recruiter in college football’ according to Blue Chip Magazine. Julias also is a long-time professional scout who has been very influential in how teams evaluate talent. We’ll hear more from him before and after signing day.
Given that this is a site focused on the Heisman Trophy, we thought it appropriate that we focus on the positions that can actually win the award. And, so, we’ll be ranking the top quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers from the 2012 class on a scale of 1 to 5. At the end, we’ll rank all 99 prospects regardless of position. Later, we’ll rank the top classes overall. I’m confident that these evaluations will be the best you’ll get anywhere on the internet.
Without further ado, HP’s top 33 high school quarterbacks from the class of 2012 are after the jump:
HP’s Top QBs from the Class of 2012
|Rank||Name||Size||Hometown (High School)||College Choice||Grade||Comments|
|1||Cyler Miles||6-4, 220||Denver, CO (Mullen)||Washington||4.95||A physical specimen in the Cam Newton mold. Dynamic threat with huge upside.|
|2||Gunner Kiel||6-4, 220||Columbus, IN (East)||Notre Dame||4.90||The best pure passer in this class. Few weaknesses.|
|3||Jeff Lindquist||6-3, 225||Mercer Island, WA (Mercer Island)||Washington||4.75||Athletically gifted dual threat who reminds us of Jake Locker.|
|4||Trevor Knight||6-3, 195||San Antonio, TX (Ronald Reagan)||Oklahoma||4.73||Superb runner with a strong arm who doesn't make many mistakes.|
|5||Travis Wilson||6-6, 205||San Clemente, CA (San Clemente)||Utah||4.65||Great athlete for his size. Has a 40-inch vertical to go with his big arm.|
|6||Matt Davis||6-2, 202||Houston, TX (Klein Forest)||Texas A&M||4.60||Physically mature quarterback should play early for A&M.|
|7||T. J. Millweard||6-4, 230||Ft. Worth, TX (All Saints)||UCLA||4.55||The only private school QB ever to make Texas FB Magazine's Elite All-State team.|
|8||Zach Kline||6-2, 210||Danville, CA (San Ramon Valley)||California||4.50||Crafty, accurate thrower with great poise. Could be best Cal QB since Rodgers.|
|9||Jameis Winston||6-4, 200||Hueytown, AL (Hueytown)||Florida State||4.45||Big, strong athlete who is still very raw as a thrower.|
|10||Trenton Norvell||6-4, 215||Daytona Beach, FL (Seabreeze)||Cincinnati||4.42||Excellent mechanics and footwork and accurate down the field.|
|11||Nick Patti||5-11, 180||Orlando, FL (Dr. Phillips)||Boise State||4.40||Little dynamo with quick feet, downfield speed and a nice arm.|
|12||Brent Vanderveen||6-5, 203||Arroyo Grande, CA (Arroyo Grande)||Oregon State||4.35||Tall, rangy QB with zip on his passes and surprising athletic ability.|
|13||Lamontiez Ivy||6-3, 225||East St. Louis, IL (East St. Louis)||Jackson State||4.30||Well put-together QB with excellent throwing mechanics and a ton of upside.|
|14||Chad Kelly||6-3, 208||Buffalo, NY (St. Joseph)||Clemson||4.25||Fine athlete with a knack for turning a negative play into a positive play.|
|15||Bart Houston||6-4, 201||Concord, CA (De La Salle)||Wisconsin||4.23||Tough dual threat QB who knows how to win.|
|16||Anthony Alford||6-1, 205||Petal, MS (Petal)||Southern Mississippi||4.20||Great athlete who was also a Jr USA Olympic outfielder.|
|17||Devin Fuller||6-0, 185||Old Tappan, NJ (Old Tappan)||UCLA||4.18||Undersized but outstanding athlete who should thrive in spread scheme.|
|18||Tommy Armstrong||6-2, 210||Cibolo, TX (Steele)||Nebraska||4.15||Looks like one of the Nebraska I-bone QBs of old.|
|19||Tanner Mangum||6-3, 195||Eagle, ID (Eagle)||BYU||4.12||Highly productive passer with great feel for the game.|
|20||Maty Mauk||6-2, 185||Kenton, OH (Kenton)||Missouri||4.10||Put up incredible numbers in high school with over 120 TD passes in last 2 seasons.|
|21||Chad Voytik||6-1, 183||Cleveland, TN (Cleveland)||Pittsburgh||4.08||A bit undersized but tough and gritty.|
|22||Preston Dewey||6-3, 205||Austin, TX (St. Andrews)||Miami (Fla)||4.05||Has a funky delivery, but gets the job done.|
|23||Connor Brewer||6-2, 195||Scottsdale, AZ (Chapparal)||Texas||4.00||Similar in size and skill set to Colt McCoy.|
|24||Wes Lunt||6-5, 210||Rochester, IL (Rochester)||Oklahoma State||3.95||Tall gun slinger who should do well in OSU's scheme.|
|25||Tyler Cameron||6-3, 210||Jupiter, FL (Jupiter)||Wake Forest||3.70||Fearless lefty who should give the ACC fits in a few years.|
|26||Zeke Pike||6-5, 220||Edgewood, KY (Dixie Heights)||Auburn||3.65||Big QB with a big arm, but must improve decision making.|
|27||Tavarius Bender||6-3, 208||Lincoln, NE (Southwest)||Kansas State||3.60||Strong runner, but only threw 79 times as a senior.|
|28||Jake Rodriguez||6-3, 210||Rocklin, CA (Whitney)||Oregon||3.55||Solid athlete and sound decision maker.|
|29||Tyler Matthews||6-3, 205||McPherson, KS (McPherson)||TCU||3.50||Hard-nosed QB with a strong arm and good touch.|
|30||Nathan Peterman||6-2, 205||Fruit Cove, FL (Bartram Trail)||Tennessee||3.48||Quick release resulted in 36 TD passes as a senior.|
|31||Robert Gregory||6-3, 181||Chicago, IL (Simeon)||Undecided||3.45||Superb runner, very raw as a passer.|
|32||Jeremiah Briscoe||6-3, 197||Houston, TX (Stratford)||Undecided||3.40||Has the arm to make all the throws, but must work on mechanics.|
|33||Greyson Lambert||6-5, 195||Jesup, GA (Wayne County)||Virginia||3.30||Lanky QB who throws a soft, catchable ball.|