Breaking Down the Best 2015 College Football QB Recruits

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIAugust 16, 2013

Josh Rosen Via 247Sports
Josh Rosen Via 247Sports

With names like Kyle Allen, Keller Chryst, Deshaun Watson and David Cornwell on the forefront of most college football recruiting talk as it relates to quarterbacks, it can be easy to forget that there's a stellar class of 2015 quarterbacks coming up as well.

Don't get me wrong, this 2014 class boasts a talented group of quarterbacks, and there will be some stars that emerge from its rankings. All four of those names mentioned above have superstar potential, and there are more not mentioned that have great ability as well.

In particular though, the two quarterbacks on top of the 2015 class look like they have what it takes to be great college quarterbacks, and they're just rising juniors, mind you.

Here's a breakdown of 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen and 5-star Ricky Town:


Josh Rosen, 5-star Pro-Stlye QB, Saint John Bosco High School (Bellflower, Calif.)

Josh Rosen is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2015 class, and the No. 7 player nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He's 6'3.5'', 200 pounds and runs a 4.55 40, per 247Sports. That's great size for a rising junior quarterback, and he has good speed and athleticism. 

Rosen stands out for a few reasons, but the first is his arm strength. He throws an effortless long ball that can go 40 to 50 yards through the air easily. He has a good throwing motion, great footwork in the pocket, and is overall pretty fundamental. He steps into his throws when he can and has a smooth delivery and high release point.

Because of his athleticism, he can move out of the pocket and throw on the run. With his arm strength, his feet don't necessarily need to be set, but he's still a fundamental passer under duress.

The play below gives you a good look at his ability to throw on the run. You can see him rolling out to the right, and he's looking to hit the smash route by the No. 2 receiver. Rosen needs to be patient enough to let the receiver get behind that linebacker, and then he needs to throw him open to the sideline:

The route is able to create enough separation, but you can see that Rosen is being chased down. He doesn't have time to set and throw, but notice how his shoulders are still square and the ball is being released at a high point. This is the type of fundamental ability on the run that I discussed earlier:

Rosen throws the receiver open by getting it in front of him. Also notice the timing of the pass. He threw it before the linebacker could even turn his head, which is what you're looking to do. In the second picture, you can see the tremendous accuracy Rosen threw that ball with. A bit inside and it would have hit the linebacker or worse:

That play ends up as a nice fundamental completion:

As you can tell, Rosen is a fundamental quarterback with great accuracy, but he also has pure power. He can throw an intermediate ball on a rope, and as mentioned above, his deep ball is beautiful.

California, UCLA and Stanford are currently on top of his 247Sports interest list.


Ricky Town, 5-star Pro-Style QB, Saint Bonaventure High School (Ventura, Calif.)

Ricky Town is right behind Rosen as the No. 2 2014 pro-style quarterback, and he's the No. 13 recruit nationally, both according to the 247Sports Composite. 

Town has the physical tools at 6'4'', 198 pounds, but at least on tape, he comes across as a very cerebral quarterback. What that means is that you can see him making his pre-snap reads, he's extremely patient in the pocket and is not afraid to take the smart yards on a check-down.

He appears to be a very mature quarterback, and at the high school level, that can sometimes be hard to find.

Town has a quick release, a strong arm and great footwork. He can move around in the pocket effortlessly, and he's great at evading the rush, stepping up and making a throw. He can also bootleg out and throw on the run.

He goes through all of his reads and is exceptionally accurate. He can put the ball where he wants it to go, and he doesn't rush things. 

Here's a good example of the accuracy and confidence that Town throws with. In the picture below, the defense appears to be running a cover two, which has the two safeties bailing out to cover their deep halves, the corners covering the flats and the linebackers dropping into their zones:

Town takes his five step drop and plants his back foot in order to push off and step into the throw. This also allows him to step up and avoid the rusher coming from the outside, which you can see in the second picture:

He was looking for the tight end who's sitting in between the two linebackers and in front of the safeties. Notice how Town puts the ball high enough for his tall teammate to go get. This allows the tight end to high-point the ball, and it keeps the ball away from the linebackers:

In all, that throw and route combination took patience, accuracy and footwork. Town displayed it all.

He projects to be a great college quarterback, so naturally, Town committed to Alabama in early August.


Note: All scouting and analysis done by writer, via tape study of film provided on each recruit's respective 247Sports profile page. Screen shots via each recruits Hudl tape.