It’s fun to look back and see which prognostications were correct and which were way off. When it comes to the state of Alabama, the recruiting rankings haven’t been far off when rating quarterbacks the last few years.
Obviously, Jameis Winston has already lived up to his five-star prep status and he’s eligible to play for a few more years. And A.J. McCarron also fulfilled his lofty ranking coming out of St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile (Ala.) in 2009.
The jury is still out on a couple others.
Guys like Jonathan Wallace, Jeremy Johnson, Jacob Coker, Stephen Rivers and Jalen Whitlow all have a chance to finish their careers on a high note, but are works in progress. Coker, Rivers and Whitlow all transferred this year, while Wallace–a part-time starter in 2012–and uber-talented Johnson are fighting for playing time this year and the starting job next year at Auburn after senior Nick Marshall finishes.
Here’s a look at the top 10 quarterback recruits that came from the state of Alabama since 2008. And one has to wonder … if Alabama’s QB situation in 2012 had been like it is right now (i.e. — a bit up in the air and ‘open’ for 2014) would Jameis Winston have stayed in his home state and played for the Crimson Tide, maybe?
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.
|NO.||QUARTERBACK||YR||COLLEGE||HOMETOWN||247 #||THE SKINNY?|
|1.||Jameis Winston||‘12||Florida St.||Hueytown||.9913||Won Heisman as freshman.|
|2.||A.J. McCarron||‘09||Alabama||Mobile||.9586||Led to two national titles.|
|3.||Jeremy Johnson||‘13||Auburn||Montgomery||.9274||Bama’s Mr. Football as Sr.|
|4.||Jonathan Wallace||‘12||Auburn||Phenix City||.8634||Has played in 14 career games|
|5.||Jalen Whitlow||‘12||Kentucky||Prattville||.8620||Has decided to leave Kentucky|
|6.||Jacob Coker||‘11||Florida St.||Mobile||.8618||Transferred FSU to Bama this yr.|
|7.||Kendrick Doss||‘14||Ole Miss||Florence||.8600||Next dual-threat QB for Rebels?|
|8.||Stephen Rivers||‘11||LSU||Athens||.8584||Hopes to transfer to Vandy|
|9.||Darren Daniel||‘10||Stanford||Phenix City||.8241||Transferred to Alabama State|
|10.||Clint Moseley||‘09||Auburn||Leroy||.8220||Started 7 games at Auburn|