Lemming's Top 25 QBs

Sept. 15, 2006

By Adam Caparell



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CSTV Recruiting Expert Tom Lemming has highlighted the top recruits in the country with his Lemming 100. Now he's broken down each position into its own Top 25. As signing day rapidly approaches, CSTV.com will highlight the top recruits at each position with Lemming's personal insights on the players who will be the next stars of college football.


2007's class of QBs features some big names, but Tom Lemming believes this year's list of Top 10 quarterbacks might not be quite as good as last year's. On the other hand, Lemming thinks the overall class of signal callers might be better than 2006, calling it "above average."


1. Jimmy Clausen, 6-3, 210 lbs., 4.7-40, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, Calif.


Quite simply, Jimmy Clausen is the cream of the recruiting crop.


"He's the real deal," Lemming said, calling him the most polished high school quarterback he's seen since Jeff George.


The highly touted younger brother of former Tennessee QBs Casey and Rick Clausen is headed to Notre Dame. He'll be on campus in January, enrolling early at the school he always wanted to attend. Lemming believes Clausen is as good as it gets.


"He's got great football instincts. He just throws perfect passes."


2. Ryan Mallett, 6-6, 235 lbs., 4.9-40, Texarkana Texas High, Tex.


With a rifle arm and great leadership skills, Lemming believes Ryan Mallet is the quintessential Michigan quarterback.


"He's a big pro style quarterback," Lemming said. "He's perfect for the Michigan Wolverines. He looks like John Navarre. He fits right into that mold."


Mallet's best attributes are his size and arm strength that few, if any, can rival.


3. Will Korn, 6-2, 205 lbs., 4.5-40, Duncan Byrnes, S.C.


One of Clemson's biggest recruits, Will Korn will bring his considerable athletic abilities to the Tigers offense.


"He can run himself out of trouble and run for significant yardage," Lemming said. "He can throw the ball on the dime. He's a Steve Young type, who can run and throw, and has real good athletics skills."


He threw four interceptions and fumbled in his season debut on national television.


4. John Brantley, 6-3, 185 lbs., 4.6-40, Ocala Trinity Christian, Fla.


A Florida native who will be heading to Texas, John Brantley may not look his age, but he certainly has the game to play for the Longhorns.


"He looks like he's only a junior high kid," Lemming said. "He has a picture perfect release. He's a take charge guy as a quarterback. Very productive and rarely makes mistakes. He sees the whole the field."


Brantley's father and uncle both played at Florida, but current Florida freshman Tim Tebow blocked Brantley's path to Gainesville.


5. Jarrett Lee, 6-2, 200 lbs., 4.7-40, Brenham, Tex.


If there's one thing about Jarrett Lee, there doesn't appear to be any ceiling for his talent.


"He could wind up being as good as anybody in the country," Lemming said. "I was really impressed with his ability to throw, run and lead a team and throw while on the run."


A mobile quarterback who will be taking his skills to LSU, Lee, who Lemming compared to former Oklahoma QB Rhett Bomar, is just as comfortable in the pocket as he is moving around and throwing across his body.


6. Mike Paulus, 6-5, 207 lbs., 4.9-40, Syracuse Christian Bros., N.Y.


Mike Paulus made an interesting decision when he decided to attend North Carolina. After all, Paulus is the younger brother of Duke PG Greg Paulus.


A tall, athletic quarterback who can also throw on the run, Paulus should have a very bright future in Chapel Hill.


"I think North Carolina has a potential All-American in Mike," Lemming said. "He's a huge catch for North Carolina."


7. Tyrod Taylor, 6-2, 200 lbs., 4.5-40, Hampton, Va.


Tyrod Taylor may just be the next Marcus Vick, and that bodes well for Virginia Tech because he won't be bringing the same baggage as the former Hokies QB.


"He's an exceptional athlete," Lemming said. "He's a great catch for Virginia Tech. He can run and throw and he's a very accurate passer. He thinks pass first and then run."


8. Stephen Garcia, 6-3, 212 lbs., 4.5-40, Tampa Jefferson, Fla.


It'll be difficult to confuse Stephen Garcia with anyone else when he steps onto the playing field thanks to his long hair that flaps in the breeze. Like Jake "The Snake" Plummer, Garcia is "a gambler with a rifle arm and a big league body."


"He can throw his body around when he's running with the ball," Lemming said. "He can throw the deep out with authority. Maybe not the complete game [as some of the top guys], but he's confident and knows he's a good quarterback."


Garcia has yet to commit with South Carolina, the leading contender to land the Florida native.  Oklahoma is also a possibility.


9.  Matt Simms, 6-2, 200 lbs., 4.7-40, Ramsey Don Bosco Prep., N.J.


Yes, he is Phil Simms son and Chris' younger brother, meaning Matt is carrying around the quarterback gene.


"He's polished and cool," Lemming said. "Obviously he has the bloodlines. He does a good job of finding his secondary and third receivers. Also has very good arm strength."


It's debatable whether Matt is a better prospect than Chris heading into his senior year of high school. While Lemming would give the nod to Chris, their father thinks it is Matt, who will be taking his talents to Louisville and was the Cardinals' biggest catch since Brian Brohm.


10. Kodi Burns, 6-1, 195 lbs., 4.55-40, Ft. Smith Northside, Ark.


Another top recruit who has yet to commit, Kodi Burns accumulated 3,000-plus yards of total offense in each of his last two seasons at Ft. Smith Northside.


"He can run and throw," Lemming said. "He's the biggest double threat in the state of Arkansas."


Kansas State, Missouri and Mississippi State are three schools that Burns could wind up playing for.


11.          Pat Bostick                 6-4, 200, 4.8         Lancaster-Manheim Twp., Pa.

12.          Steven Threet            6-5, 225, 4.8         Adrian, Mich.

13.          Logan Gray                6-2, 175, 4.4         Columbia-Rock Bridge, Mo.

14.          Cameron Newton     6-5, 224, 4.7         Atlanta-Westlake, Ga.

15.          G.J. Kinne                   6-2, 215, 4.6         Canton, Texas

16.          Peter Lalich                6-5, 230, 4.7         West Springfield, Va.

17.          Aaron Corp                 6-4, 185, 4.6         Orange Lutheran, Calif.

18.          Josh Nesbitt               6-1, 210, 4.5         Greensboro Greene Co., Ga.

19.          Jason Munns             6-5, 225, 4.9         Kennewick Southridge, Wash.

20.          Charlie Russell         6-4, 215, 4.9         Morgantown, W.V.

21.          Marvin McNutt             6-3, 181, 4.6         Hazelwood Central, Mo.

22.          Keith Nichol                6-2, 185, 4.5         Lowell, Mich.

23.          Chris Smith                6-3, 215, 4.6         South Point, Ohio

24.          Teddy Schell              6-5, 205, 4.8         Barrington, Ill.

25.          Nick Fanuzzi               6-4, 200, 4.6         San Antonio-Churchill, Texas



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