Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Don't sweat those three-star quarterbacks
By Chris Low
As we continue to process who everybody signed and who they didn’t sign last week, I couldn’t help but think about the quarterback position.
It goes without saying that having a winner at that position is a must if you’re going to win championships and consistently compete for championships.
But as this past season showed us, there’s no reason to fret just because your school signed a quarterback that wasn’t on everybody’s list of blue-clippers.
Case in point: There were two quarterbacks among the three Heisman Trophy finalists in 2012, and neither one of those guys was a four-star prospect.
Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, and in 2010, he was a three-star prospect out of Kerrville, Texas, and ranked by ESPN as the No. 39 quarterback prospect in the country. Among prospects in the state of Texas that year, he was ranked No. 97.
Kansas State’s Collin Klein was very lightly recruited. He was a three-star prospect out of Loveland, Colo., and barely even ranked among the top 10 prospects in the state of Colorado that year. He played some receiver his first season at Kansas State before eventually moving back to quarterback.
Don’t stop with just Manziel and Klein.
Look at the two starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl this season.
The Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, who’s about to be paid handsomely following an incredible playoff run, was a three-star prospect out of Audubon, N.J., in 2003. He signed with Pittsburgh and played very little his first two years before transferring to Delaware.
Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers was also a three-star prospect out of Turlock, Calif. He played his college ball at Nevada and was ranked as the No. 50 quarterback nationally by ESPN coming out of high school in 2006. Early on in the recruiting process, he was receiving more interest to play baseball in college than he was football.