Top QB prospects from the state of Texas since 2008


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.

RELATED– Four-star prospect steps back from Tennessee commitment

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 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
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?
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  • Mack Brown cringes when he reads this list. Hard to believe he let Andrew Luck get out of the state, and that he recruited both Manziel & Griffin as DB’s. I guess that’s why he no longer coaches UT.