Breaking It Down: West Quarterbacks
Jevan Snead
Jevan Snead
Posted Dec 21, 2005

During last years U.S. Army All-American Bowl all the hype surrounded a pair of can’t miss quarterbacks in Mark Sanchez and Ryan Perrilloux. Ironically, it was Jimmy Barnes who came out of nowhere and outplayed everyone and led the West squad to a victory.

Mark Sanchez, Ryan Perrilloux, and Jimmy Barnes have all moved on and have begun their collegiate careers. This year three new quarterbacks will take the stage and try to lead the West over the East at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, January 7, in San Antonio, Texas.

One trait the West quarterbacks all have in common is the fact that they may not sign with the teams they had given their verbal pledge to. Recently, Josh Freeman changed his mind and decided to head to Kansas State after originally pledging to Nebraska. Jevan Snead decided not to head to Florida as planned and he decided staying home to play for Texas fit him better. Mitch Mustain caused a national stir recently when he backed out of his verbal commitment to Houston Nutt and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Let’s take a closer look at this talented trio of signal callers.

Jevan Snead a 6-foot-3, 195 pound, rifle armed quarterback from Stephenville, Texas

Jevan Snead

showed his grit and moxy in a heart breaking loss to Highland Park in the Texas 4A state semifinals. Snead faced off against another highly touted quarterback prospect Matthew Stafford in an epic battle that came down to the games final minute. Snead scared on lookers when on the next to the last play he scrambled and was tackle awkwardly twisting his ankle. The gutsy quarterback pulled himself off the turf and limped back to the line of scrimmage and tried valiantly to will his team to victory.

Mitch Mustain
Mitch Mustain
Mitch Mustain, who is currently ranked as the nation’s top quarterback according to, cause quite a stir recently when he decided to rethink his original pledge to Arkansas. Mustain is a 6-3, 200 pound, standout from Springdale, Ark., who already plays the game like a polished college quarterback. He has pinpoint accuracy on all his passes, it doesn’t matter if it’s a 40-yard fade route or a 5-yard slant odds are it will be on the money. Mustain is remarkably poised for a high school quarterback he leads well and stands tall in the pocket. One area where the majority of high school quarterbacks falter is their decision making, not Mustain he is very well coached.

Most opponents find themselves in trouble when they decide to chase him out of the pocket, which is fine by Mustain. He uses his deceptive speed too his advantage and alludes most would be defenders.

Kansas State pledge Josh Freeman broke the collective hearts of Cornhusker fans everywhere when he decided to back out of his commitment to Nebraska to head to Manhattan. The 6-5, 226 pound, Grandview, MO, native may possess one of the best arms in the nation. Its not often a high school quarterback throws the short to intermediate routs as well as he does the deep ball, but Freeman does just that.

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman

Like Mustain, Freeman is also deceptively fast and he uses that edge to his advantage escaping the rush and throwing on the run as good as anyone. Freeman is an outstanding leader who comes in this year’s game without the hype of Mustain and Snead, could he have the same effect on this years bowl as Barnes did last season? We will see January 7 in San Antonio.

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