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Arch Manning: How the Top 20 QB Recruits Are in College Football


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Arch Manning’s commitment to Texas was certainly a huge recruitment success for the Longhorns, as they sought to rebuild their proud – but unattainable – football program. Manning will assist other recruits in his 2023 class and beyond and he has increased his credibility with coach Steve Sarkisen after a terrible first season.

But how his impact on the field will be further inflamed. Yes, he was the No. 1-rated quarterback in his class and two uncles who won Super Bowls each and grandfather of one of the greatest players in SEC history. Avey does not guarantee success or as the Defender of the Texas Program or the NFL Draft No. 1 do not rubber stamp him in the future as a whole.

Don’t look at Chris Sims career in Texas. The son of a Super Bowl MVP, he never found his footing with the Longhorns and failed to deliver their biggest games.

In the case of Arch Manning there is a broad spectrum of success among those players. What is the chance that he will fit the high expectations placed on him? History will guide us to learn about the top-rated quarterbacks in the last 20 recruiting classes and how their careers have developed. (Rankings based on 247 sports composites per season). It is worth noting that – eight people in the group have been transferred and six have so far been selected in the first round.

Vince Young, Texas (2002)

One of the dynamic players of his three seasons with the Houston native Longhornes. He led the team to the National Championship in 2005 and finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2006 Draft, but his NFL career ended six seasons later.

Kyle Wright, Miami (Fla.) (2003)

Wright, considered the successor to the talented Hurricanes quarterbacks that came before him, threw for just 38 touchdowns and 31 interceptions and never fulfilled those expectations. He was not drafted in 2008

Ret Boomer, Oklahoma (2004)

Bomer started his Redshirt freshman season in 2005 and won the Holiday Bowl MVP. However, he was dropped from the off-season squad for violating NCAA rules. Boomer transferred to Sam Houston State and was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2009 draft, spending most of the next two years on the team practice squad. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings and later the Oakland Raiders, but never passed in the NFL.

Mark Sanchez, Southern California (2005)

Sanchez did not become a full-time starter for the Trojans until his fourth season and led the team to the Rose Bowl when throwing for 34 touchdowns. He entered the NFL Draft with a one-year qualification and was selected by the New York Jets in the first round with a fifth choice. He led the Jets to two AFC Championship games before his career came to an end. His last performance was in 2018.

Matthew Stafford, Georgia (2006)

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford celebrates with the Lombardy Trophy after beating Cincinnati Bengal in the Super Bowl LVI at the SoFi Stadium.

Stafford took up an early job with the Bulldogs during his freshman season and did not give it up until his junior exited the following year. Georgia were successful while he was there, but the Detroit Lions failed to make the team SEC title game before selecting him No. 1 overall in the 2008 draft. In his first season with the Los Angeles Rams in 2021, he led the team to Super Bowl success.

Jimmy Klaassen, Notre Dame (2007)

When it came to announcing his commitment to the limousine at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana, there was a lot of scrutiny on Klaassen from the start. Klaassen showed the talent of the generation as his hype suggests, but he has been solid for three years as a starter for the Fighting Irish with 53 touchdowns in his last two seasons, though the team has struggled. He was picked by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft and had to start 10 games during his rookie season, winning just one. He last played in 2015.

Terrell Prior, Ohio State (2008)

Pryor got an early job at the Buckies as a freshman and led them to the Big Ten title as a second student. His career was cut short in 2010 when he was suspended for violating NCAA rules and playing for the team’s bowl game. Prior was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Supplementary Draft. He started 10 games for the Raiders in his four years with the team and eventually switched to a wide receiver. He last played in 2018.

Matt Barkley, Southern California (2009)

Another player with high expectations, Barclays followed Sanchez as a starter for the Trojans after winning a job as a true freshman. His two seasons were played on probation with USC, but his senior year of entering the USC led to him becoming No. 1 in the preseason. Ranked 1st and he was considered Heisman’s favorite. However, the team lost five games and dropped to the fourth round of the Barclays 2015 NFL Draft. He bounced around the NFL with several teams and recently signed with Buffalo Bills.

Philip Sims, Alabama (2010)

The lack of outstanding talent in the recruiting class this year has made The Sims one of the lowest-rated quarterbacks of the last quarter century. Sims was a backup to AJ McCarron for two seasons before moving home to Virginia. He played in 12 games for the Cavaliers in 2012, and then moved to Winston-Salem State after being disqualified academically. He was undrapped in 2015.

Jeff Driskell, Florida (2011)

Driskel played four seasons for the Gators in 2012 with just 12 touchdowns but 11 wins and his bright spot leading the Sugar Bowl. He was injured and lost the third game the following year. After losing his job in 2014, he transferred to Louisiana Tech and was eventually selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Driskel started five games for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018 and one game for the Detroit Lions the following year. He is currently a member of the Houston Texans.

James Winston, Florida State (2012)

Florida State quarterback James Winston holds the Coaches' Trophy after the 2014 BCS National Championship game against the Auburn Tigers.

The only quarterback to win the national title and the Heisman Trophy on the list, Winston redshirt his freshman season before winning his first 26 games as a starter. Seminoles beat Auburn in the BCS title game to reach the top 14 in his opening campaign, which he threw for 40 touchdowns. They reach the college football playoffs next year. Winston departed after being selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played five seasons for the Bucks before moving to the New Orleans Saints, where he has been for the past two seasons.

Max Brown, Southern California (2013)

The man who signed the third Trojans on this list, Brown has been a backup for his first three seasons. After winning his starting job in 2016, his poor outing against Alabama in the opener was replaced by Sam Dornold. Brown left for Pittsburgh the following season and was a starter for five games before the end of the season injury. He was drafted.

Kyle Allen, Texas A&M (2014)

Allen shared an early role as a freshman and won a job the following season. He was replaced by Kyler Murray after mid-season struggles and transferred to Houston later in the season. Allen missed the season in 2016 and lost his starting job the following season and was selected to enter the NFL Draft. He signed with the Carolina Panthers after he was not drafted. He played two seasons with the Panthers and two more seasons with Washington before signing with Houston this off-season.

Josh Rosen, UCLA (2015)

Rosen was not to be missed after his high school career and he performed well in his freshman season, throwing for 23 touchdowns and leading the Bruins to eight wins. He was injured in the middle of his second year season and was announced for the NFL Draft the year after his junior year. The first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, he started 13 games in his rookie season and has since been traded to the Miami Dolphins. He also spent his four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 49s of San Francisco and the Atlanta Falcons.

Shea Patterson, Mississippi (2016)

Patterson planned to redshirt his freshman season, but the campaign was delayed due to injury. His strong performances in those last three games have created optimism ahead of next season, but Ole Miss has been under scrutiny and coach Hugh Freeze has been sacked. Patterson was injured in the middle of the year and transferred to Michigan. He played well for the Wolverines, throwing 45 touchdowns in those two seasons, but was not drafted in 2020. He played in the Canadian Football League and the USFL.

Davis Mills, Stanford (2017)

Mills received an early job for the Cardinal after injury in his third season. The pandemic limited him to just five games in 2020 and he entered the NFL Draft in 2021. Houston Texas selected him in the third round and he started 11 games last year. Despite winning just two games, he broke the team record for crossing yards through the rookie and is expected to be a starter this season.

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (2018)

Jaguars quarterback back Trevor Lawrence Jets under pressure from javelin giddy.

As Manning expected, Lawrence was the consensus no. In his recruiting class. 1 total player. He lived up to those expectations, once starting his career early in his latest season, leading the Tigers to the national title. Clemson then appeared in two college football playoffs and Lawrence announced for the NFL Draft. He was first picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars and started a total of 17 games during his rookie season.

Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma (2019)

After Jalen Hartz sat behind his new year, Rattler faced growing pains as a starter in his first year, rising to lead the Suners to the Big 12 title. An imaginary Heisman favorite who entered last season, he struggled again and was eventually replaced by Caleb Williams against Texas and never started another game. He transferred to South Carolina for this season.

Bryce Young, Alabama (2020)

Young finished second on the list with the Heisman Trophy after amassing 47 touchdowns and 4,872 yards in his first season as a starter last year. College football reached the playoffs before losing to Crimson Tide Georgia. Young is expected to enter the NFL Draft later this season and be a first-round pick.

Quinn Evers, Ohio State (2021)

Evers was chosen to skip his high school final season and enroll with the Buckeyes. Due to his late arrival in the pre-season and the depth of the quarterback competition he was buried in the depth chart of the season. He chose to transfer to Texas and competed for an early job this spring.

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