2012 College Football Recruiting Rankings: QB

Who signed the top high school quarterbacks in the nation in the 2012 class?

- by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

The next batch of in-coming college football All-Americans have inked their respective letters of intent. Recruiting is the life blood of the greatest sport on the planet, and, while coaching stills plays the biggest role in winning a championship, having better players can go a long way to earning a trip to the BCS.

Recruiting is an inexact science by definition. It is virtually impossible to accurately peg the mental make-up of any 17-year old child -- much less high-profile, over-coddled 17-year-old athletes. But team recruiting rankings offer the best indication of which team has the best ingredients each coach has to work with each season.

Related: Athlon's Top 25 Recruiting Classes of 2012

Offensive Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR/TE | OL
Defensive Positional Rankings: DL | LB | DB | ATH

My biggest issue with quarterback recruiting rankings is the lack of quarterback depth near the top of the rankings. Normally, there are four to six AC100 signal callers in any given year. However, seeing as how the quarterback is the single most important position on the field, it seems like the position (somehow, someway) gets underranked.

The 2006 quarterback class comes to mind. The Tim Tebows and Matt Staffords landed in five-star territory, but Sam Bradford, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Greg McElroy, Christian Ponder, Thad Lewis, Ricky Stanzi, Nate Davis and Todd Reesing were all three-star prospects. It makes no sense that every one of those names wasn't at least considered a "national recruit." For some reason, the most important piece to any football puzzle gets consistently underranked. 

In 2012, there are only five top-100 quarterback recruits — one of which is a longshot to stick at the position. I find it hard to believe that only five of the best 100 players in the nation play quarterback.

Additionally, where a player lands can also impact how he is rated. Devin Fuller and Anthony Alford, for example, might not be listed as quarterbacks had they gone to different schools. But at UCLA and Southern Miss, those two dual-threat athletes will get every chance to play quarterback.

The league to watch out for in this class is the Pac-12. Washington and Cal landed arguably the two most game-ready signal callers in the nation in Cyler Miles and Zach Kline respectively. UCLA and BYU each landed an elite passer as well, giving the West Coast four of the top six quarterback prospects.

Here are the best incoming quarterbacks in the nation:

  Name HT WT Hometown AC100 College
1. Jameis Winston 6'3" 195 Hueytown, AL No. 15 Florida State
2. Gunner Kiel 6'4" 220 Columbus, IN No. 24 Notre Dame
3. Devin Fuller 6' 195 Old Tappan, NJ No. 35 UCLA
4. Zach Kline 6'2" 210 Danville, CA No. 39 Cal
5. Cyler Miles 6'4" 218 Centennial, CO No. 91 Washington
6. Tanner Mangum 6'3" 195 Eagle, ID No. 113 BYU
7. Chad Kelly 6'3" 209 Buffalo, NY No. 115 Clemson
8. Anthony Alford 6' 200 Petal, MS No. 119 Southern Miss
9. Connor Brewer 6'2" 200 Scottsdale, AZ No. 134 Texas
10. Zeke Pike 6'6" 225 Edgewood, KY No. 153 Auburn
11. Matt Davis 6'2" 202 Houston, TX No. 162 Texas A&M
12. Jeremy Liggins 6'3" 270 Oxford, MS No. 171 LSU
13. Travis Wilson 6'6" 207 San Clemente, CA No. 183 Utah
14. T.J. Millweard 6'4" 225 Ft. Worth, TX No. 192 UCLA
15. Tyler Matthews 6'3" 205 McPherson, KS No. 193 TCU
16. Chad Voytik 6'1" 185 Cleveland, TN No. 200 Pittsburgh
17. Justin Thomas 5'11" 185 Prattville, AL No. 202 Georgia Tech
18. Ford Childress 6'4" 210 Houston, TX No. 250 West Virginia
19. Tommy Armstrong 6'2" 210 Cibolo, TX No. 252 Nebraska
20. Bart Houston 6'4" 215 Dublin, CA No. 259 Wisconsin

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College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Defensive Linemen
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