College Football Recruiting: The Top Three Quarterbacks of 2013

By Rick Stavig

Assembled is a preseason ranking for the top quarterbacks in College Football Recruiting for the class of 2013.  We’ve finally gotten down to the most glamorous position of the game, and there are some very bright prospects in this year’s class.  Here’s a quick breakdown of the top three…

1.  Max Browne –Sammamish (WA) Skyline- Browne is truly an elite quarterback prospect.  This stud from offensive powerhouse Skyline, has been on the radar for college coaches for quite some time.  The best part about Browne is that he has put up remarkable performances against elite competition all summer long, never disappointing.  There aren’t a lot (if any) bad things to say about Browne, he makes good decisions, has excellent accuracy, does a wonderful job reading a defense, and has plenty of arm strength.  The 6’5’’ 200lb Browne committed to Southern Cal in April, and I don’t expect that to change in the near future. Early Prediction: Southern Cal.

2.  Shane Morris– Warren (MI) De La Salle- If not for Browne, Morris would easily be the best quarterback prospect in this year’s class. Morris has had an absolutely fantastic summer, and may have helped himself more than any other player on the camp circuit. Morris has the best arm of the 2012 class, displaying excellent strength and impeccable accuracy.  His deep balls are a work of art.  Not only does this pro-style quarterback have excellent poise in the pocket, but makes very smart decisions during pre-snap checkdowns.  He should be a terrific fit in Al Borges Wolverine offense.  Early Prediction: Michigan.

3.  Tyrone Swoopes– Whitewright (TX) Whitewright- The 6’5’’ 230lb Swoopes is on this list for athleticism alone.  Make no mistake, This Texas commit is unbelievably productive (2,200 yards rushing with 29 touchdowns, 1,394 yards passing and 15 touchdowns last year) and looks like Vince Young on film.  But there is an awful lot for Swoopes to work on, especially with his delivery.  He has a ¾ delivery, and that’s not a problem if you’re Philip Rivers.  Only Swoopes isn’t Rivers.  He has good accuracy during drills, but not necessarily during games, as he only completed 52% of his passes as a junior.  He does have a ton of potential though.  He is remarkable running the ball, has excellent athleticism and has one heck of a frame.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him switch positions at some point in his Longhorn career.  Early Prediction: Texas.

The top two guys on this list were easy to place, as they both are excellent pro-style passers from esteemed programs and have had phenomenal summers.  Swoopes just had to be on it somewhere though, as players with his gifts are just too rare, and with a good quarterbacks coach, he can absolutely develop.  For the class as a whole, there is some good depth to be found, with solid prospects nation-wide.

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