Twenty-eight different quarterbacks have been ranked as five-stars exiting high school over the last decade. Which ones panned out and which ones didn’t?
Let’s dig in…
*All prospect rankings are determined by 247Sports’ Composite Player Rankings
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2004 – 6 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. Unfortunately, he never lived up to the hype.
Xavier Lee, FSU: Lee entered FSU as Florida high school’s all-time passing leader and touchdowns leader, 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 I’m not sure Morelli ever 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.
Matthew Tuiasosopo, Washington: Tuiasosopo signed with the Seattle Mariners out of high school and never played a down in college as a quarterback.
Bobby Reid, Oklahoma State: Reid wound up at Oklahoma State and redshirted his freshman year, and he started five games as a redshirt freshman in 2005. In 2006, Reid played in all of OSU’s games, helping lead them to a 7-6 record. He finished the season with 2,226 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 INTs, and he transferred to Texas Southern shortly thereafter. While at Southern, Reid finished 148-261 for 1,791 yards, 12 TDs and six INTs. He finished his college career with 4,934 yards passing and 39 TDs, but he didn’t live up to the billing.
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 notably known for his 2012 butt fumble.
Ryan Perrilloux, LSU: One of the most famous five-star busts 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 a great 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. He remains with the Detroit Lions.
Mitch Mustain, Arkansas: 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 throughout his career. He started strong at Arkansas, but things seemed to fall apart under Houston Nutt. He threw for just 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. He now works for the SEC Network, still looking for an NFL job. What a player, though!
QBs ranked lower: Sam Bradford, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Freeman 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.
Ryan Mallett, Michigan: 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 still 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.
John Brantley, QB, Florida: Brantley first committed to Texas, but he later spurned Texas and flipped to Florida, leaving Gator fans ecstatic…at the time. Brantley still signed with Florida despite Cam Newton also signing with the Gators. Brantley redshirted his freshman season behind Tim Tebow. Brantley assumed the starting job in Urban Meyer’s spread offense in 2010, and he threw for 4,750 yards, 30 TDs and 18 INTs throughout his career. He was one of the more memorable five-star busts of the BCS era.
QBs ranked lower: Cam Newton, 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.
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.
EJ Manuel, Florida State: Manuel was a big-time get for FSU from Virginia Beach, and he had a strong four-year career. He threw for 7,741 yards, 47 TDs and 28 INTs, while rushing for 827 yards and 11 TDs. Manuel went on to be a first-round pick with the Buffalo Bills. He threw for 1,972 yards and 11 TDs his rookie season before suffering an injury in 2013.
QBs ranked lower: Blaine Gabbert, Andrew Luck, RG3, Collin Klein, Landry Jones, Darron Thomas, Mike Glennon and Ryan Nassib
2009 – 4 QBs
Matt Barkley, USC: Barkley threw for 12,237 yards, 116 touchdowns and 48 INTs in four seasons. He currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup.
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 the huge hype in Baton Rouge.
Garrett Gilbert, Texas: Gilbert landed at Texas, before he transferred to SMU. He threw for 3,301 yards, 13 TDs and 23 INTs while at Texas. He then had better numbers at SMU, throwing for 6,460 yards, 36 TDs and 22 INTs. All total, he threw for 49 TDs and 45 INTs during his career.
Aaron Murray, Georgia: Murray exits the SEC as one of the best quarterbacks to ever filter through the conference. He set numerous records, including the career passing yardage record. He ended up throwing for 13,166 yards, 121 TDs and 41 INTs, while completing over 62 percent of his passes. He also added 16 rushing TDs, and he now turns his attention to the NFL Draft, where he hopes to make an impact at the next level. He certainly lived up to the hype.
QBs ranked lower: AJ McCarron, Geno Smith, Tajh Boyd, Taylor Martinez, Denard Robinson, Jordan Lynch, Logan Thomas and Tyler Russell
2010 – 0 QBs
No five-star QBs
Notable QBs: Taylor Kelly, James Franklin, Tyler Bray, Blake Bell, Connor Shaw, Jake Heaps
2011 – 2 QBs
Jeff Driskel, Florida: Driskel still has two years of eligibility left, and he hasn’t lived up to the hype yet. However, with a new spread offense, it could open up his game. Driskel has thrown for 2,271 yards, 14 TDs and 10 INTs in really one complete season. He has also rushed for 469 yards and five TDs.
Braxton Miller, Ohio State: Miller has continuously put up numbers at Ohio State, and Urban Meyer’s offense fits him. Miller has thrown for 5,292 yards, 52 TDs and 17 INTs, while rushing for 3,054 yards and 32 TDs. He’s still chasing that elusive championship though.
Notable QBs: Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, Teddy Bridgewater, Brett Hundley, Everett Golson
2012 – 2 QBs
Jameis Winston, FSU: It’s safe to say Winston won’t be a bust, and he’ll go down as one of the great players in FSU history. He became the second freshman to win the Heisman, and he threw for 4,057 yards, 40 TDs and 10 INTs in just his first season, helping lead FSU to the BCS National Championship.
Gunner Kiel, Notre Dame: Kiel redshirted his freshman season at Notre Dame, and he has since transferred to Cincinnati and will play in 2014.
Notable QBs: Zach Kline, Tanner Mangum, Connor Brewer, Chad Voytik and Maty Mauk
2013 – 2 QBs
Max Browne, Southern Cal: Browne redshirted his freshman season.
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State: As a Fork Union transfer, Hackenberg really had a strong season in 2013. Hack threw for 2,955 yards, 20 TDs and 10 INTs. He’s a tremendous looking prospect.
Lived up to the Hype
- Matt Barkley, USC
- Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
- Aaron Murray, Georgia
- Mark Sanchez, USC
- Matt Stafford, Georgia
- Tyrod Taylor, Va Tech
- Tim Tebow, Florida
- Jameis Winston, FSU
Good Careers But Mixed Reviews
- Anthony Morelli, Penn State
- Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
- Chad Henne, Michigan
- Terrell Pryor, Ohio State
- EJ Manuel, FSU
- Rhett Bomar, OU
- Xavier Lee, FSU
- Bobby Reid, Oklahoma State
- John Brantley, Florida
- Russell Shepard, LSU
- Garrett Gilbert, Texas
- Dayne Crist, Notre Dame
- Ryan Perrilloux, LSU
- Mitch Mustain, Arkansas
- Max Browne, USC
- Jeff Driskel, Florida
- Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
- Braxton Miller, Ohio State
- Gunner Kiel, Notre Dame
- Matthew Tuiasosopo, Washington