College Football Recruiting Roundup: Top Five 2017 Quarterbacks
#5 Dylan McCaffrey
Size: 6-5, 205
High School: Valor Christian, CO
Committed to: Michigan
What stands out: Height, release, athleticism, football IQ, bloodlines.
What needs development: Velocity, mechanics, consistent accuracy in tight windows.
Size: 6-1.5, 215
High school: DeSoto, TX
What stands out: Arm strength, escapability, creativity, lower-body power, deep accuracy, instincts
What needs development: Release, pocket presence
What happens next: Has the potential to pass Andy Dalton as the top all-time player at the position in program history. Fearless leader plays in a tough league known for big-time talent. Has all the tools to contribute very early, be it as the guy or in a special package scenario.
#3 Hunter Johnson
Size: 6-3, 195
High school: Brownsburg, IN
Committed to: Clemson
What stands out: Footwork, frame, arm strength, polish, pocket presence
What needs development: Bulk, mobility
What happens next: Has “it” – looks like a college QB already. Very smooth. Not playing against super elite competition but has passed all tests on all the right circuits. Hunter has everything but the size to take an ACC pounding right now. That will come in time, and with it, another title run for Dabo.
#2 Davis Mills
Size: 6-4, 200
High school: Greater Atlanta Christian, GA
What stands out: Accuracy, football IQ, release
What needs development: Mobility, strength, bulk, escape speed.
What happens next: Redshirt. Wait. Learn. Listen. Develop. He’s a good one and battle-tested in a tough state but will face tremendous competition to get on the field and a waiting game no matter what given the complex offense. If he develops to plan offers a ton of upside as a fully-functional QB in the right system. Great fit and even better young man.
#1 Tate Martell
Size: 5-9, 200
High school: Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, NV
What stands out: Quick release, mechanics, footwork, arm strength, mobility, instincts, leadership, awareness
What needs development: Bulk
What happens next: The top talent in this QB class and it’s not even close. He’s incredibly polished for a player of his age and if he can handle the pounding in the SEC, think Russell Wilson, Ricky Town & a more disciplined Manziel all wrapped into an all-time phenomenal competitor. Tremendous get for Coach Sumlin if he can hang on til Signing Day.
Written By: T.J. Gaynor