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2013 Football Recruiting Rankings: Quarterbacks

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National Signing Day 2013 is right around the corner and Athlon Sports is releasing its position-by-position rankings for the Class of 2013 based on the Athlon Consensus 100. Who is left on the board? Who has the best class at one position? Who had positional needs to fill? And, obviously, who are the stars of tomorrow fans can look forward to at every position?

Every quarterback class is different and the tiers of talent vary greatly from one year to the next. In the Class of 2013, there are two names, literally and figuratively, above the rest.

Max Browne is the nation's top quarterback and is headed to USC from storied Pacific Northwest prep program Skyline High School. He is a prototypical Trojans quarterback at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. Browne is poised, mature, a natural leader, has an accurate arm and will push for early playing time.

Meanwhile, 3000 miles away at Fork Union Military Academy, Christian Hackenberg has Penn State fans excited about their future for the first time in over a year. Hackenberg has a huge frame, huge arm and huge upside. There is a reason Bill O’Brien stayed put at Penn State instead of bolting for the NFL and he stands 6-foot-4 and will grow into a 230-pound monster in Happy Valley.

No other quarterback is ranked in the top 70 nationally, so these two pro-style signal callers are head and shoulders above the rest of this class.

The rest of the rankings read as a who’s who of college football powerhouses. And since very few quarterbacks are willing to compete with another star recruit for playing time, everyone got in on the action. Miami, Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, Stanford, Washington and a dozen other major programs landed their future leader at quarterback.

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In fact, Texas A&M is the only program with two nationally ranked quarterbacks committed currently in Lone Star State prospects Kenny Hill and Kohl Stewart. Running Kevin Sumlin’s system is extremely attractive and Johnny Manziel has made College Station a glamorous place to play, so both players are willing to compete for time. Few programs right now can demand competition for star quarterback recruits like the Aggies.

The name to watch might be out in the desert, however. Rich Rodriguez has found a guy to immediately replace Matt Scott in dual-threat star Anu Solomon. He led famed high school Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas to a 57-3 record and four straight state championships. He has the perfect skill set to run the zone read option and is thick enough (205 pounds) to withstand the beating. Pac-12 defensive coordinators might want to start watching film on him as soon as possible.

2013 Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ATH

 

Name

AC100

Hometown

Ht

Wt

Verbal

1.

Max Browne

No. 11

Sammamish, WA

6-5

210

USC

2.

Christian Hackenberg

No. 13

Fork Union, VA

6-4

210

Penn St

3.

Shane Morris

No. 74

Warren, MI

6-3

200

Michigan

4.

Cooper Bateman

No. 76

Salt Lake City, UT

6-3

195

Alabama

5.

Brice Ramsey

No. 86

Kingsland, GA

6-3

200

Georgia

6.

Kevin Olsen

No. 87

Wayne, NJ

6-3

195

Miami

7.

Ryan Burns

No. 113

Ashburn, VA

6-5

225

Stanford

8.

Troy Williams

No. 114

Harbor City, CA

6-0

175

Washington

9.

Cody Thomas

No. 119

Colleyville, TX

6-5

220

Oklahoma

10.

Hayden Rettig

No. 143

Los Angeles, CA

6-4

210

LSU

11.

Tyrone Swoopes

No. 150

Whitewright, TX

6-4

230

Texas

12.

Mitch Trubisky

No. 151

Mentor, OH

6-3

195

North Carolina

13.

Aslantli Woulard

No. 153

Winter Park, FL

6-3

205

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14.

Jeremy Johnson

No. 155

Montgomery, AL

6-5

205

Auburn

15.

Joshua Dobbs

No. 166

Alpharetta, GA

6-3

190

Arizona St

16.

Kohl Stewart

No. 170

Houston, TX

6-3

185

Texas A&M

17.

Anu Solomon

No. 173

Las Vegas, NV

6-1

205

Arizona

18.

J.T. Barrett

No. 175

Wichita Falls, TX

6-1

210

Ohio St

19.

Bucky Hodges

No. 188

Farnham, VA

6-5

225

Virginia Tech

20.

Damion Terry

No. 198

Erie, PA

6-4

210

Michigan St

21.

Malik Zaire

No. 199

Ketting, OH

6-0

195

Notre Dame

22.

Aaron Bailey

No. 215

Bolingbrook, IL

6-2

215

Illinois

23.

Kenny Hill

No. 219

Southlake, TX

6-1

205

Texas A&M

24.

Jared Goff

No. 224

Kentfield, CA

6-4

190

Cal

25.

Anthony Jennings

No. 231

Marietta, GA

6-2

205

LSU

26.

Zack Greenlee

No. 232

Stockton, CA

6-2

185

Fresno St

View the complete 2013 Athlon Consensus 100

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