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November 15, 2010

Category rankings: Quarterbacks

VOTE: Strongest arm | Most accurate | Best scrambler

The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the quarterbacks.

QUARTERBACK RANKINGS: Strongest arm | Most accurate | Best scrambler

5. Adam Pittser, Richmond (Ill.) Burton
Pittser Highlights
Considering: Wyoming, Western Michigan, Ball State among others.
Particulars: 6-1/200
Buzz: Came out of nowhere at the EA Sports Elite 11 and proved that he has the potential to make any throw asked of him.
4. Kiehl Frazier, Springdale (Ark.) Christian
Frazier Highlights
Committed to: Auburn
Particulars: 6-3/212
Buzz: The ball came out of his hand with excellent spin and velocity at the EA Sports Elite 11 and Fort Worth Nike Camp.
3. Cody Kessler, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial
Kessler Highlights
Committed to: USC
Particulars: 6-1/208
Buzz: Had one of the stronger arms over the three days at the EA Sports Elite 11 and at the Berkeley Elite 11 regional camp.
2. Michael Bercovici, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Bercovici Highlights
Committed to: Arizona State
Particulars: 6-2/205
Buzz: This first-year starter was throwing darts at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and Berkeley Elite 11 regional camp.
1. Jeff Driskel, Oviedo (Fla.) Hagerty
Driskel Highlights
Committed to: Florida
Particulars: 6-3/225
Buzz: Showed his arm strength was in a different zip code while at the EA Sports Elite 11 and at the Gainesville Nike Camp.
MOST ACCURATE
5. Christian LeMay, Matthews (N.C.) Butler
LeMay Highlights
Committed to: Georgia
Particulars: 6-2/200
Buzz: Though he missed his entire season, it's hard to overlook his junior year where he completed 68.5 percent of his passes while throwing 44 touchdowns versus two picks.
4. DaMarcus Smith, Louisville (Ky.) Seneca
Smith Highlights
Committed to: Louisville
Particulars: 6-1/180
Buzz: As a sophomore he threw 32 touchdowns versus seven picks then missed his entire junior season. He knocked off that rust and completed 34 touchdown passes against eight picks his senior year.
3. J.W. Walsh, Denton (Texas) Guyer
Walsh Highlights
Committed to: Oklahoma State
Particulars: 6-2/190
Buzz: Completed 65 percent of his passes as a junior, and has followed that up with 23 touchdown passes versus one interception during the regular season of his senior year.
2. Cody Kessler, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial
Kessler Highlights
Committed to: USC
Particulars: 6-1/208
Buzz: Through nine games as a senior he has thrown 29 touchdown passes and only one interception.
1. Brandon Allen, Fayetteville (Ark.)
Allen Highlights
Committed to: Arkansas
Particulars: 6-2/214
Buzz: During the 2010 regular season he threw 29 touchdowns and no interceptions while making throws to all points on the field.
BEST SCRAMBLER
5. Jacoby Brissett, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer
Brissett Highlights
Considering: Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, South Florida, Wisconsin among others.
Particulars: 6-5/225
Buzz: Uses his hardcourt acumen and size to impose his will while gaining yards with his feet.
4. Brett Hundley, Chandler (Ariz.)
Hundley Highlights
Committed to: UCLA
Particulars: 6-4/210
Buzz: Rushed for more than 1,200 yards as a junior and looks a lot like a young Donovan McNabb on the football field.
3. Johnny Manziel, Kerrville (Texas) Tivy
Manziel Highlights
Committed to: Texas A&M
Particulars: 6-1/193
Buzz: Rushed for 1,529 yards and 33 scores as a junior, and has followed that up with a 10-plus yard-per-carry average and more than 1,000 yards rushing so far his senior season.
2. Jamal Turner, Arlington (Texas) Sam Houston
Turner Highlights
Committed to: Nebraska
Particulars: 6-1/173
Buzz: Has rushed for 1,888 yards during the regular season in 2010 while hitting paydirt 36 times using his legitimate 4.4 speed.
1. Braxton Miller, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne
Miller Highlights
Committed to: Ohio State
Particulars: 6-2/185
Buzz: Looks like a smaller version of Terrelle Pryor when he decides to take off with the ball.



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