How many five-star QBs panned out in the last 10 years?


Over the last 10 years, has ranked 23 quarterbacks as five-stars.  Some chose the SEC and others didn’t.  Two quarterbacks in the 2013 class are ranked as five-stars in USC pledge Max Browne and Penn State pledge Christian Hackenberg.

Here’s a look at five-star quarterbacks over the last 10 years:

2003 – 1 QB

Kyle Wright, Miami: Remember Kyle Wright?  Wright enrolled at Miami early as the Gatorade National Player of the Year.  He threw for 5,335 yards, 38 touchdowns and 31 interceptions for his career.  He was booed continuously throughout his Miami career, and he was benched his senior year for Kirby Freeman.  Who?!  Exactly.  Wright never lived up to the big hype.

QBs ranked lower:  Matt Ryan, Chris Leak, Joe Flacco, Kevin Kolb, Dennis Dixon, Brady Quinn, Andre Woodson, Matt Flynn, JaMarcus Russell and Drew Tate 

2004 – 5 QBs

Rhett Bomar, Oklahoma: This son of a coach was compared to the great John Elway as a blue-chip prospect.  By the second game of the 2005 season, Bomar became the starter and was the MVP of the Holiday Bowl against Oregon.  He was then dismissed by Bob Stoops in 2006 for reportedly being paid for work he did not complete from Big Red Sports and Imports, a car dealership owned by a major OU donor.  He went to Sam Houston State, and he finished as their all-time leading passer with 5,564 yards in 19 games.  Bomar was on the Oakland Raiders practice squad in 2012.  He never lived up to the hype.

Xavier Lee, FSU:  Lee entered FSU as Florida’s all-time passing leader and touchdowns leader in high school, but he never could cut it in college.  He threw for 2,323 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in three seasons.  Lee has played quarterback, wide receiver and tight end in UFL and Arena League.  Lee never could flip the switch or cut it as a college quarterback.

Anthony Morelli, Penn State:  The Elite 11 five-star played in all four years at Penn State.  He threw for 5,275 yards, 31 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.  However, he couldn’t get the starting job until his junior season and continuously fought rumors of his football IQ.  Morelli is still the only Penn State quarterback to throw for more than 2,000 yards in two seasons, but Morelli never lived up to the star-studded hype.

Chad Henne, Michigan:  Henne stepped on Michigan’s campus and immediately became the starter.  He threw for 9,715 yards, 87 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.  He threw for more than 2,500 yards in his first three seasons but just 1,938 in his final season.  Henne was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round, and he currently plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Henne is arguably the only five-star quarterback from 2003 or 2004 to live up the any type of hype.

Matthew Tuiasosopo, Washington:  Tuiasosopo signed with the Seattle Mariners out of high school and never played a down in college as a quarterback.

QBs ranked lower:  Brian Brohm, Pat White, Brian Johnson, Graham Harrell, Daryll Clark, Curtis Painter, John Parker Wilson and Erik Ainge

2005 – 2 QBs

Mark Sanchez, USC:  Sanchez sat behind Matt Leinart and John David Booty his first two seasons before starting his junior year – his only starting season at USC.  He threw for 3,207 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions before being drafted by the Jets as the fifth pick overall in 2009.  He is most recently known for his 2012 butt fumble. 

Ryan Perrilloux, LSU:  The most famous five-star bust comes in the form of Ryan Perrilloux.  He’s more known for his four Heisman predictions than anything else.  He was called ‘the most dangerous offensive weapon in the nation’, but he lasted just two full seasons at LSU.  He only threw for 704 yards, eight touchdowns and two INTs before getting the boot from Les Miles in ‘08. He then went to Jacksonville State.  He played in the UFL for Hartford Colonials.  What a bust!

QBs ranked lower:  Colt McCoy, Chase Daniel, Zac Robinson, Dan LeFevour, Tony Pike and Riley Skinner

2006 – 3 QBs

Matthew Stafford, Georgia:  Stafford was the top overall QB in the class of ‘06, and he had an illustrious career at UGA.  He threw for 7,731 yards, 51 touchdowns and 33 INTs.  Stafford never won an SEC Championship or a national championship, but he became the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Mitch Mustain, Arkansas:  Arguably a greater bust than Ryan Perrilloux, Mustain started his career at Arkansas before ending it at USC.  He put up monster numbers in Gus Malzahn’s offense in high school, but he never lived up to any type of hype.  He threw for 894 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 INTs in his college career.  

Tim Tebow, Florida:  I don’t have to tell you what all Tebow accomplished as a player.  He won two national championships as a player and became the first-ever sophomore to win the Heisman trophy.  He benefited from great players around him, but it was clear who Florida’s leader really was – Tebow.  He threw for 9,285 yards, 88 touchdowns and 16 INTs in four seasons at Florida, while rushing for 2,947 yards and 57 touchdowns.  Tebow was drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft, and he played with the Jets in ‘12.

QBs ranked lower:  Sam Bradford, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick and Jake Locker

2007 – 4 QBs

Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame:  The ‘once in a generation QB’ enrolled early at Notre Dame, but Clausen led UND to just a 16-21 record during his time in South Bend. He threw for 8,148 yards, 60 touchdowns and 27 INTs in three seasons.  He left Notre Dame a season early and entered the draft and was picked in the second round in 2010.  He backs up Cam Newton at Carolina.

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas:  Mallett started his career at Michigan but transferred to Arkansas with Bobby Petrino.  He put up monstrous numbers under Petrino, throwing for 7,493 yards, 62 touchdowns and 19 INTs in just two short seasons.  He backs up Tom Brady in New England.

Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech:  The dual-threat Hokies star had a great career in Blacksburg.  Taylor threw for 7,017 yards, 44 touchdowns and 20 INTs, and he also rushed for 2,196 yards and 23 touchdowns.  He backs up Joe Flacco in Baltimore. 

Cameron Newton, Auburn:  The one-time Florida backup to Tebow, Newton transferred to JUCO before landing at Auburn.  Newton threw for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,473 yards and 21 touchdowns in his only year at Auburn.  He was the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft for Carolina.

QBs ranked lower:  Russell Wilson, Kellen Moore, Kirk Cousins and Ryan Tannehill

2008 – 3 QBs

Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State:  Pryor was the nation’s #1 overall recruit in ‘08.  He threw for 6,177 yards, 57 touchdowns and 26 INTs, while rushing for 2,164 yards and 19 touchdowns in three seasons.  Pryor withdrew from Ohio State and entered the 2011 Supplemental Draft.  He currently plays for the Oakland Raiders.

Blaine Gabbert, Missouri:  Gabbert had a great career at Mizzou, throwing for 6,822 yards, 40 touchdowns and 18 INTs.  He also rushed for 458 yards and eight touchdowns.  Gabbert went on to become a first-rounder in the 2011 draft for Jacksonville.

Dayne Crist, Notre Dame:  Crist entered Notre Dame with tons of hype, and he later transferred to Kansas with Charlie Weis.  He threw for 3,640 yards, 20 touchdowns and 18 INTs in his underwhelming college career.

QBs ranked lower:  Andrew Luck, RG3, Collin Klein, Landry Jones, EJ Manuel, Darron Thomas, Mike Glennon and Ryan Nassib

2009 – 3 QBs

Matt Barkley, USC:  Barkley is the only five-star QB in 2009 to live up to any hype.  Barkley had three great years with one bad year this season.  He threw for 12,237 yards, 116 touchdowns and 48 INTs in four seasons.  He could be a first-rounder in April.

Russell Shepard, LSU:  Shepard was hyped as a QB, but he only played WR at LSU.  And his career was an overall bust.  Shepard never lived up to any hype in Baton Rouge.

Garrett Gilbert, Texas:  Gilbert was another bust who transferred to SMU and played this season.  He threw for 28 touchdowns and 38 INTs during his underwhelming career.

QBs ranked lower:  AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, Geno Smith, Tajh Boyd, Taylor Martinez, Denard Robinson, Jordan Lynch, Logan Thomas and Tyler Russell


No five-star QBs

Notable QBs:  Taylor Kelly, James Franklin, Tyler Bray, Blake Bell, Connor Shaw, Jake Heaps 


No five-star QBs

Notable QBs:  Johnny Manziel, Braxton Miller, Marcus Mariota, Teddy Bridgewater, Brett Hundley, Everett Golson and Jeff Driskel

2012 – 2 QBs

Jameis Winston, FSU:  Winston redshirted his freshman season and should start for FSU in 2013.

Gunner Kiel, Notre Dame: Kiel redshirted his freshman season and will compete for playing time in 2013.

Lived up to the Hype

  • Matt Barkley, USC
  • Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
  • Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
  • Cam Newton, Auburn
  • Mark Sanchez, USC
  • Matt Stafford, Georgia
  • Tyrod Taylor, Va Tech
  • Tim Tebow, Florida

Good Careers But Mixed Reviews

  • Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
  • Chad Henne, Michigan
  • Terrell Pryor, Ohio State


  • Kyle Wright, Miami
  • Rhett Bomar, OU
  • Xavier Lee, FSU
  • Anthony Morelli, Penn State
  • Russell Shepard, LSU
  • Garrett Gilbert, Texas
  • Dayne Crist, Notre Dame
  • Ryan Perrilloux, LSU
  • Mitch Mustain, Arkansas


  • Jameis Winston, FSU
  • Gunner Kiel, Notre Dame
  • Matthew Tuiasosopo, Washington

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  • I’ll take a 3-4 star talent with something to prove and a gamer mentality…to hell with a lot of these primadonnas that come in thinking they are owed something because some website gives them one more star.

  • What about Brent Schaffer in 2004? I believe he was a 5-star to UT.

  • To me, I don’t think you can put Henne and Pryor in the “Good but..” category if you have T. Taylor and Gabbert listed in “Lived up to the Hype.” Yes Pryor had a tumultuous exit from Ohio State, but he was a Rose Bowl MVP and he beat the Mallett-led razorbacks teams in the Sugar Bowl. Henne was a 4 year starter at Michigan and, granted, he was apart of the team who lost to App. State, but he was injured a lot during his senior year and true freshman Mallett had to step in. Plus, if you are evaluating their NFL status as well, Henne beat out Gabbert this year in Jax. (Although Gabbert was injured this season). At Mizzou, BG only threw for 16 td’s and 9 ints during his third and final year for the Tigers and never lead them to a huge bowl victory. Yes, Taylor went to two Orange Bowls at VT and was ACC player of the year his senior season, but those VT teams won the ACC as their way in, they weren’t always a top 10 team. I just don’t think there is enough to separate him and Gabbert from Henne and Pryor in the highest category.
    That quote from Perrilloux is still one of my all-time favorites though.

  • Pryor doesn’t win that Sugar Bowl if he was suspended as he should have been with the other players caught up in Tressel-Gate. How the heck does the NCAA suspend them BUT allow them to play in the bowl game??

    Glad he ended up in OAK, that’s where most of the dirty trash ends up.

    • I agree with you 100% on that. That decision was based solely on money that Ohio State, the Big Ten, and the Sugar Bowl didn’t want to lose out on by having the big name players get suspended. I was just saying that Pryor did win 2 BCS games. But the fact that he and the others were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl was a travesty. Typical NCAA hypocrisy.

  • My favorite QB on this list not named Tebow is Matt Stafford. Yes, pierce me now Florida fans. Stafford was fun to make fun of, but I loved watching him play. Those great teams never could quite put it together and win a championship, but I like Stafford.

  • I don’t know where you got your ratings from, but Aaron Murray was a consensus 5 star.

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