It’s fun to look back and see which prognostications were correct and which were way off. When it comes to the state of Texas, the recruiting rankings have had some misfires.
The names Johnny Manziel, James Franklin, Robert Griffin III and Darron Thomas come to mind.
Since 2008, the No. 1 ranked quarterback coming out of Texas has been … drumroll please … a guy who didn’t play quarterback in college–LSU’s Russell Shepard. He never threw a pass for the Tigers, and he finished his four-year college career with 1,286 yards from scrimmage and scored 10 TDs. He was definitely a part of LSU’s attack, but never the five-star game changer he dreamed of being.
Here’s a look at the top quarterback recruits that came from the state of Texas since ’08.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.
|1.||Russell Shepard||2009||LSU||Houston||.9985||Hard to believe who he’s above|
|2.||Garrett Gilbert||2009||Texas/SMU||Austin||.9916||Nearly 10,000 career passing yds|
|3.||Andrew Luck||2008||Stanford||Houston||.9768||Need we say more?|
|4.||Jerrod Heard||2014||Texas||Denton||.9653||Big-time prospect for Longhorns|
|5.||Cody Thomas||2013||Oklahoma||Colleyville||.9499||Backup QB for Sooners this year|
|6.||Matt Davis||2012||Texas A&M/JUCO||Houston||.9452||Transferred when Manziel got rolling|
|7.||J.W. Walsh||2011||Oklahoma State||Denton||.9430||Has started games for 2 years|
|8.||Tyrik Rollison||2009||Auburn||Sulphur Springs||.9374||Transferred from Auburn within 1 yr|
|9.||J.T. Barrett||2013||Ohio State||Wichita Falls||.9348||Huge get for Buckeyes out of Texas|
|10.||Connor Wood||2010||Texas/Colorado||Houston||.9345||Announced this spring he’s done|
|NOTABLES OUTSIDE TOP10|
|Cody Green||2009||Nebraska/Tulsa||Dayton||.9302||Threw for 4,588 career yds|
|James Franklin||2010||Mizzou||Lake Dallas||.9065||Turned into a stud at Mizzou|
|Darron Thomas||2008||Oregon||Houston||.8958||Was outstanding for the Ducks|
|Robert Griffin III||2008||Baylor||Copperas Cove||.8941||Need we say more part deux?|
|Johnny Manziel||2011||Texas A&M||Kerrville||.8740||Hard to believe he’s down here, eh?|