Ranking the Top 10 2015 Pro-Style QB Recruits Heading into the Summer
While dual-threat passing prospects are trendy these days, top pro-style quarterback recruits are still in demand. Pro-style quarterbacks are not known for their mobility, but they still must possess terrific arm talent and vision to make plays.
The 2015 class features a solid crop of quarterbacks who choose to beat defenses mainly from the pocket. The State of California has a quartet of passers on this list, while Missouri convinced a strong-armed quarterback to stay home.
Plus, there's a few sleepers who are emerging as summer approaches.
10. Brian Lewerke
From Arizona, Brian Lewerke doesn't get a ton of national attention. However, the 3-star quarterback has a well-rounded skill set that should work well at Michigan State.
At 6'3" and 180 pounds, Lewerke plays with solid poise in the pocket. He doesn't get rattled when bullets are flying around him, plus he sets up quickly. He delivers accurate throws with adequate arm strength, and Lewerke really gets going when his footwork is in sync with his receivers' timing.
9. Quinten Dormady
At 6'4" and 208 pounds, Quinten Dormady is at his best when he can stand tall in the pocket to rifle throws downfield.
He needs to get a bit more flexible and speed up his approach, but the 3-star quarterback has a solid stroke. Dormady has above-average arm strength to attack defenses up the seams and on the perimeter, plus his ball-placement skills aren't too shabby.
He's not going to elude many defenders and make a ton of dazzling runs, but he can be effective when working in a clean pocket. Indiana, Kentucky and TCU are among several schools who have offered the Texan, says 247Sports.
8. Tyler Queen
Tyler Queen is a 4-star quarterback with a thick frame at 6'2" and 229 pounds. He doesn't have a cannon for an arm, but he does a good job of playing with anticipation.
Queen, who is from Georgia, has a knack for seeing windows open up before they do. He pitches with solid accuracy, plus he operates with a good feel for the rush in the pocket.
The Auburn commit understands how to keep his offense on the field, and he also knows how important it is to get his other 10 teammates focused on one goal.
7. Zach Gentry
If this list was based on pure arm strength, Zach Gentry very well could be No. 1. New Mexico is not a state many college coaches flock to on the recruiting trail, but Gentry's right arm is an attraction.
The 6'7", 230-pounder can send missiles to targets all over the field from the pocket. His height allows him to see over the rush with ease, and he can pick apart defenses when his feet are set.
Gentry's vision will only expand at Texas, plus his accuracy isn't bad.
6. Ty Storey
If he can get better at skating off his initial launching point in the pocket, Ty Storey will be a good one at Arkansas.
Right now, he seems to have heavy feet in his drops and climbs. However, he does have a strong arm and solid accuracy. The 6'3", 218-pounder plays with impressive awareness, evidenced by his ability to feel the rush closing in on him from his blind side.
The 4-star recruit should be able to make some impressive throws off of play action for his in-state Razorbacks.
5. Jake Browning
Browning, who is 6'2" and 185 pounds, works with a subtle confidence on the field. He is in full command of his offense, and the game seems to transpire in slow motion to him.
The 4-star passer may not have dominant arm strength, but he can get the ball to where it needs to be. Browning has impressive ball-placement skills, and he knows how to adjust in the pre-snap and post-snap phase of a play.
He is committed to Washington.
4. Brady White
At 6'2" and 190 pounds, Brady White has only average size for his position. However, there is nothing average about his game.
The California native runs Hart High School's run-and-shoot offense to near perfection. White sets up well as he goes through his progressions. However, the 4-star recruit also has a knack for making correct pre-snap reads.
He has good arm strength to drive balls down the field, and they usually accurately get to his receivers. White is committed to Arizona State.
On May 2, White talked to Adam Gorney of Rivals.com (subscription required) about his feelings on ASU, saying, "My first visit there, I told my dad as well as their staff, after that visit I fell in love with that place."
3. Drew Lock
After popping on his tape, it doesn't take long to figure out arm strength is the main asset for Drew Lock.
From Missouri, the 4-star quarterback is not afraid to take chances with the ball. He is awfully confident in his arm strength, as it is apparent Lock believes there is not one throw he can't make in any situation.
The 6'5", 195-pounder keeps his eyes downfield and off the rush when setting up. He'll climb back into the pocket when he has to, and Lock's accuracy can be impressive at times.
He is committed to Missouri.
2. Ricky Town
Ricky Town is a 5-star quarterback from California who originally committed to Alabama during his junior season. However, he has since flipped to USC.
At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Town has a big frame that will only add on more bulk in Troy. He is a cerebral quarterback who has good vision and awareness. Town works with calm mechanics in the pocket, plus he is always set and ready to throw.
He appears to mainly throw with a three-quarters arm-slot, but he'll come over the top some in his delivery. Town's arm strength is above average, plus he has no issues consistently delivering strikes with accuracy.
1. Josh Rosen
The top pro-style quarterback in the country going into the summer is Josh Rosen. The California native is a 5-star passer who has the potential to be a stud for UCLA early in his career.
Rosen, who is 6'4" and 205 pounds, seems to enjoy making pre-snap checks at the line of scrimmage. He has a confident demeanor on the field, plus his athleticism is underrated.
Rosen's delivery can be a bit long here and there, but he has plenty of arm strength. His vision, ability to make correct decisions with ball and accuracy are just a few other impressive traits he possesses.
Don't be shocked if he starts as a true freshman for the Bruins.
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