Where Are the Top 25 Class of 2011 QB Recruits Now?
With the 2014 recruiting cycle winding down, this is a good time to reflect on the success and failures of past recruiting seasons. This piece will look back and reevaluate the top quarterback recruits from the class of 2011.
The group had several studs who were coveted passers. Some have gone on to have great careers, while others have been disappointments.
Using the top 25 quarterbacks from the 247Sports composite rankings for 2011, let's get updated on where the best quarterback prospects from that class are today.
Unless otherwise noted, all stats provided by Sports-Reference.com.
Tony McNeal, Clemson
Tony McNeal signed with Clemson in 2011 with hopes of making plays for the Tigers. However, injuries cut his career short.
He missed the 2012 season with a torn ACL suffered during the program's spring game, according to TigerNet.com. Further medical complications caused McNeal to end his playing days, but he is now a student assistant on Clemson's coaching staff.
Cardale Jones, Ohio State
Cardale Jones signed with Ohio State in 2011, but he had to spend a season at Fork Union Military Academy before finally arriving in Columbus in 2012.
Jones redshirted during the 2012 season, but he has the athleticism and raw physical tools to be contributor to Ohio State should he be called upon.
As of now, however, he is a reserve quarterback for the Buckeyes, since it's another quarterback from the 2011 class who is Ohio State's starter. Jones saw action in three games in 2013, according to Sports-Reference.com.
Brock Berglund, Kansas/North Texas
A dual-threat quarterback, Brock Berglund was supposed to develop into a dynamic playmaker for Kansas.
But that never happened.
Berglund had off-field troubles and issues with Kansas' athletic department, as his request to transfer was denied, per Yahoo! Sports. He was finally released from his scholarship in 2012, landing at Scottsdale Community College.
Berglund resurfaced at the University of North Texas in 2013, but he's likely to transfer to Northern Colorado, according to Mean Green head coach Dan McCarney.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
A 3-star prospect in 2011, today Johnny Manziel is more than just a football player. "Johnny Football" is a brand that has changed college football forever.
He's a celebrity and polarizing figure who will go down as one of the best college football players ever.
Manziel won the Heisman in 2012 as a redshirt freshman. His exciting dual-threat style of play is based on athleticism, instincts, quickness, confidence, swagger and composure under pressure.
After nearly winning the Heisman again as a sophomore, Manziel decided to leave Texas A&M to enter the NFL draft. He's expected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken this May.
Kyle Boehm, California
Lafonte Thourogood, Vanderbilt/James Madison
Lafonte Thourogood is no longer at Vanderbilt, as he transferred to James Madison before the start of his redshirt freshman season.
Thourogood has since moved to strong safety at James Madison, where he appeared in just one game in 2013.
Hopefully this talented athlete can get his career back on track.
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
A 3-star quarterback prospect in 2011, Kevin Hogan has been a productive passer for Stanford. He's a good fit for head coach David Shaw's offense, as he does a good job of playing within himself.
This past season, Hogan threw for 2,630 yards and 20 touchdowns. He'll be back ready to help lead the Cardinal to another Rose Bowl berth this fall.
Brandon Allen, Arkansas
Brandon Allen played in five games in 2012 before taking over as the starter in 2013.
Allen, who was a 3-star prospect in high school, had 1,552 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He's expected to mightily improve on those numbers in 2014.
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Vad Lee, Georgia Tech/James Madison
The option offense run by the Yellow Jackets didn't suit Lee's strengths, so he decided to move on. With James Madison being an FCS school, Lee will have an opportunity to contribute immediately.
Michael Eubank, Arizona State/Samford
At nearly 6'6", Michael Eubank has the size and physical tools to be an impact player at the college level.
The California native showed great promise at Arizona State in 2012, when he threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns in limited action, while adding 223 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
However, he has since transferred to Samford.
David Ash, Texas
David Ash has had a roller coaster career at Texas, one that has included quarterback competitions, injuries and instances of off-field drama.
His 2013 season was cut short due to a concussion, but Ash has been a productive player when healthy for the Longhorns. Texas now has Charlie Strong as head coach, so Ash will have to likely prove himself all over again before the start of the 2014 season.
He's used to it by now.
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Williams also rushed for 536 yards and six touchdowns, plus he caught two passes for 52 yards and a score. He'll enter the 2014 offseason as the favorite to start at quarterback for the Tar Heels this fall.
Everett Golson, Notre Dame
Everett Golson missed the 2013 season at Notre Dame due to being suspended for academic issues. However, he was the starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish in 2012, helping lead the team to a berth in the BCS title game.
Golson is now back in South Bend, having been readmitted to the university. He'll participate in spring practices and should be the starting quarterback again this fall.
Jerrard Randall originally seemed set to land at Oregon in 2011, but he ended up at LSU, where he spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
He then transferred to Northeast Mississippi Junior College. Today, Randall is preparing to compete for the starting job at the University of Arizona.
Cody Kessler, USC
After playing behind Matt Barkley in 2012, Cody Kessler beat out fellow 2011 quarterback prospect Max Wittek for the starting job at USC last year.
Kessler finished the season with 2,967 yards and 20 touchdowns, throwing just seven interceptions.
While he had a solid season in 2013, Kessler will have to fight Wittek and 2013 recruit Max Browne to keep his job under new head coach Steve Sarkisian.
Jacoby Brissett, Florida/North Carolina State
Jacoby Brissett surprised many people when he picked Florida during the 2011 recruiting cycle, as the Gators already held a pledge from fellow 2011 quarterback recruit Jeff Driskel.
After appearing in 13 games for Florida in 2011 and 2012, Brissett has since transferred to North Carolina State.
He will be the starter for the Wolfpack in 2014.
J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State
J.W. Walsh has been in and out of the lineup at Oklahoma State.
He's played in 18 games, but senior Clint Chelf replaced him for a good portion of the 2013 season.
However, Walsh is likely the favorite to be the Cowboys starter for the 2014 season. He's a dual-threat quarterback with a good skill set, so look for him to produce solid numbers once he's settled in.
Bubba Starling, Nebraska
An athletic marvel, Bubba Starling was a standout quarterback, baseball player and basketball player in high school. The Kansas City Royals selected him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, and Starling signed with them in August of that year.
Today, Starling is a young centerfielder with a ton of potential in the Royals minor league system. His speed, solid power and range in the outfield should get him to the big leagues soon enough.
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
He established himself as one of the nation's premier quarterbacks as a sophomore, and he could be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft.
Max Wittek, USC
A big quarterback with a powerful right arm, Max Wittek was in the same class as current USC starter Cody Kessler.
The two engaged in a quarterback derby that trickled into the early portion of the 2013 season, with Kessler finally emerging as the winner.
Wittek announced Wednesday that he was transferring from USC, according to Gary Klein of the LA Times. He's set to earn his degree at the end of the semester, which will make him immediately eligible to play for a school this fall.
Stay tuned to see where Wittek ultimately ends up.
Christian LeMay, Georgia
Christian LeMay signed with Georgia with the intent on being the next stud quarterback in Athens. However, he just never got the chance to do so.
Brett Hundley, UCLA
UCLA fans were giddy in 2011 with the signing of Brett Hundley, whom the fanbase designated the "savior" of the Bruins program.
Well, that's proven to be just about true.
In just two seasons as the starter, Hundley has established himself as a premier quarterback and future high pick in the NFL draft. He's thrown for more than 6,800 yards and 53 touchdowns, while adding 1,103 yards and 20 touchdowns as a runner.
Hundley bypassed the NFL draft and will return this fall to UCLA for his junior season, which will definitely include a push to capture a Heisman.
Kiehl Frazier, Auburn/Ouachita Baptist
Frazier eventually was moved to receiver but never caught a pass. He transferred after the 2013 season to Division II Ouachita Baptist, where he'll be able to immediately contribute as a quarterback.
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Braxton Miller was already a celebrity in high school in the state of Ohio before he signed with Ohio State in 2011. Nothing's really changed much, except he's now a nationally known college quarterback.
Miller has been the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes since he was a freshman. He has 5,292 passing yards and 52 touchdowns in his career, plus he's rushed for 3,054 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Miller will enter the 2014 season as one of the top contenders for the Heisman.
Jeff Driskel, Florida
Jeff Driskel has had a rocky career at Florida. He was considered as one of the elite quarterback prospects in the 2011 class, but he hasn't played like one.
Driskel broke his fibula last year, which limited his 2013 season to only three games. He's played in 20 games but has thrown for only 2,271 yards and 14 touchdowns. Though he was considered a dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school, Driskel has run for just 469 yards and five touchdowns, says Sports-Reference.com.
Driskel will be looking to finally show why he was such big-time recruit for Florida in 2014.