Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Updated: July 22, 11:17 AM ET
Bell, Brunetti lead dual-threat QBs
These 10 quarterback prospects from the Class of 2010 are best suited for the spread offense.
1. Blake Bell, Wichita, Kan./Bishop Carroll Highlights Recruiting overview: Committed to Oklahoma Breakdown: Bell is ironically a dual-threat QB who stands at about 6-foot-6 with surprising athleticism and the ability to make plays with his legs and his arm. He reminds us of a taller Jake Locker from the 2006 class, only Bell isn't as physically imposing in terms of his frame just yet. Bell has only been a starter at QB for one full season, having spent time at WR as a sophomore, so his best football is definitely ahead of him.
West Virginia recruit Barry Brunetti doesn't have great size, but his athletic ability helps negate it.
2. Barry Brunetti, Memphis/University School Highlights Recruiting overview: Committed to West Virginia. Breakdown: There is a lot to like about Brunetti as a passer and as an athlete. He isn't very tall -- standing 6-feet -- but he is polished, has a live arm and is extremely athletic on his feet. He is the ideal fit for the spread offense and shotgun zone-read. He has a sturdy build given his height, has good speed and quickness for a quarterback and is an elusive runner who does a nice job of creating second opportunities under pressure.
3. Devin Gardner, Inkster, Mich. Highlights Recruiting overview: Committed to Michigan. Breakdown: Gardner is an interesting prospect. After watching him over time, you respect his overall production level, once you get past his unorthodox method of play. He is a fantastic prospect athletically and looks great on foot. Gardner is the ideal fit for the spread offense and a short controlled passing game that can play off his threat to run. He is a gifted player with his legs, and can improvise and create positive plays when things break down.
4. Anthony Gonzalez, Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty Highlights Recruiting overview: Considering Penn State, Pitt, Florida State, Oregon, Illinois among others. Breakdown: This kid is a beast of an athlete and a terrific overall football player. Gonzalez is part Tim Tebow and part Tyrod Taylor. Now, before anybody claims we are saying he is the next Tebow, let's be clear: His methods, competitiveness, throwing mechanics and athleticism are reminiscent of Tebow. Nobody knows yet if he possesses the intangibles that set Tebow apart. That being said, the left-handed signal-caller possesses adequate height and a thick, strong frame and build.
5. Robert Bolden, Orchard Lake, Mich. Highlights Recruiting overview: Committed to Penn State. Breakdown: Bolden is a great looking athlete on the hoof, and is an impressive quarterback and athlete all wrapped in one package. He is tall and well built. He is a guy that would be an ideal fit in the spread offense, but is in more of a conservative scheme at the high school level, a scheme in which he is asked to drop from center, with lots of three step drops, roll outs and play-action. He has a live arm and quick release.
6. Dallas Lloyd, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Highlights Recruiting overview:Committed to Stanford. Breakdown: This kid has a real chance to be an exciting prospect at the next level. Lloyd has huge upside as both an athlete and passer, with an excellent blend of size, speed, arm strength and playmaking ability. He is the ideal fit for the spread offense, but shows flashes of being a fine passer from within the pocket, too, with further refinement. He reminds us of Alex Smith at Utah, only a bit more explosive as a runner. He is a creative prospect that can be a mismatch for defenses on the move.
7. Paul Jones, McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox, Highlights Recruiting overview: Committed to Penn State Breakdown: Jones is a physically-impressive prospect on foot. He has excellent size and the frame to add even more bulk and strength. He is a pocket passer with good overall athleticism. He plays in a pro-style scheme that requires him to operate the three and five-step passing game aamd work off of play-action and bootlegs in which the launch point is changes. He has prototypical size and excellent arm strength.
8. Quadir Pendleton, East Orange, N.J. Highlights Recruiting overview: Considering Rutgers, Temple, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. Breakdown: Pendleton is an impressive overall athlete. He is raw but extremely athletic, and reminds us somewhat of former Oregon QB Dennis Dixon. He's tall, lean, lanky and has long arms. Pendleton is a flexible athlete who moves with nice fluidity. He gets set quickly and has a quick release. He puts above-average zip on passes, and flashes the ability to fit the ball into tight spaces when throwing underneath.
9. Jameill Showers, Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker Highlights Recruiting overview: Committed to Texas A&M Breakdown: Showers is a passer first and a runner second. He is a confident player who seems to understand and fit well in his high school scheme. He has good size and is well built. Although he isn't tall, he sees the field adequately. He reminds us a little of Tahj Boyd from the 2009 class. He plays in a multiple set version of the spread and works from under center and out of the shotgun.
10. Brion Carnes, Bradenton, Fla./Manatee Highlights Recruiting overview: Committed to South Florida Breakdown: Carnes is the quintessential dual-threat, shotgun-spread quarterback. He displays a live arm, great feet and the athleticism of an explosive wide receiver prospect. Even with only adequate size and a lean build, He is a dangerous player that a college weight room could develop with a redshirt year. He is a player who should thrive in the spread offense and create a lot of mismatch possibilities for a scheme that allows him to throw within the pocket, but has room for improvisation.