1) Jimmy Clausen
Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Committed to Notre Dame
Clausen is a drop back passer that is very polished and advanced at this stage of his young football career. He has good size, mobility and very good arm strength. When he sets his feet he can throw with a ton of velocity and is deadly accurate. When he is forced from the pocket he shows good mobility and he has the ability to throw on the run with precision. Clausen has an exceptional release and can make all the throws you look for – the deep out, the long ball, etc. He can also throw with touch and makes good decisions in the pocket.
Clausen should be a perfect match for Irish Head Coach Charlie Weis and his offense. And the timing couldn't be better, especially is curent Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn leaves early for the NFL after this season. Clausen is scheduled to graduate early and enroll at Notre Dame in January.
In two years as a starter, Clausen has a 28-0 record, and finished his junior year being named the state underclass player of the year. He threw for 2,778 yards on 156-of-231 passing and 30 touchdowns, leading Oaks Christian to a third straight CIF Division X title. He younger brother of former Tennessee starting quarterbacks Casey and Rick Clausen.
2) Ryan Mallett
Committed to Michigan
Mallett is your classic, drop-back passer. He has arguably the nation’s strongest arm. When he sets his feet he can throw with unreal velocity. Sometimes, he’s all arm and tends to forget some fundamentals. Mallett does show precision like accuracy on all the different types of passes. His arm allows him to make those hard throws over the middle look so easy. Mallett can also throw with touch, especially deep. At 6-6, he shows good mobility and he makes good decisions with the football. With that frame of his he should gain a lot of strength and weight.
He has committed to Michigan and should be the typical Maize and Blue signal caller – a big quarterback with a strong arm.
3) Pat Bostick
Lancaster (Pa.) Manheim Township
Committed to Pittsburgh
Like some of his Pennsylvania predecessors, Chad Henne and Anthony Morelli, Bostick is regarded among the nation’s finest signal callers among his peers in the Class of 2007. Bostick is a strong armed, classic drop-back passer that has all the throws in his arsenal. I mean he can throw with velocity or throw with his touch. Bostick can throw the deep out, make the tough seam pass, or hit his wide receiver in stride on the post. When he sets his feet he is accurate and can really zip it. Bostick is a smart signal caller that makes good decisions. He may not have the greatest mobility in the world but he has enough to get by with good game speed to avoid the initial rush.
He has committed to Pittsburgh. Bostick threw for 2,810 yards, completed 181-of-295 passes with 34 touchdowns and six interceptions as a junior.
4) Willy Korn
Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes
Committed to Clemson
Korn is dangerous both throwing and running. He shows poise in the pocket and the ability to find the open receiver down field. When things break down he can buy time and throw with accuracy on the run. He also puts extra pressure on the defense with his ability to tuck it and take off. Korn has good speed for a quarterback and shows some quickness as well. He shows above average arm strength and can throw with touch when it’s called for. Korn is accurate and seems to make good decisions with the ball and knows when to hold it or get rid of the ball.
He has committed to Clemson and looks to be a great fit for Tommy Bowden's and Rob Spence's Tiger spread offense. Like Clausen he will graduate early and will have a chance to battle for the starting job in '07. Last season as a junior Korn threw for 4,100 yards and an amazing 51 touchdowns en route to his third straight state championship.
5) John Brantley
Ocala (Fla.) Trinity
Committed to Texas
John Brantley is a well schooled quarterback prospect from the state of Florida that is headed to the Lone Star State. Brantley has a lively arm and is money on the deep ball, regardless of the route. He can throw with touch or velocity and can drop in over the linebackers and in front of the safeties. Brantley has enough arm strength for the deep out. When flushed from the pocket he shows the ability to throw accurately on the run. He also shows enough mobility to escape the initial rush and make a play with his arm or legs. In the pocket, Brantley makes good decisions with the ball and has very good fundamentals.
In a recruiting surprise Brantely is headed to play for Mack Brown and Texas. Last season as a junior he led his team to a state title after throwing for 2,835 yards (174 of 277,64%), 41 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions.
6) Aaron Corp
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Committed to Southern Cal
Corp has great size, a big time arm and has surprising mobility for a quarterback his size. With that frame, he should bulk up nicely at the next level, likely reaching the 230-235 pound range. Corp has an arm that can make all the throws from the deep out to the long ball to the touch pass or down the seam. He has quickness and “feel” in the pocket and can escape the initial pass rush. Corp can throw on the run with accuracy or he will keep it and go. He has excellent speed and is a good runner in the open field. When Corp does have time in the pocket he plays with poise and shows good decision making skills with the ball.
He has committed to Southern Cal and should fit in nicely with the Trojan offense. And he'll give them something that they don't have in Mark Sanchez, a signal caller that can really run. As a junior (9-2), Corp threw for almost 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns, while running for 650 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named his league's MVP and also earned second team all-state under-class honors.
7) Tyrod Taylor
Florida, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech
In a year of some very good quarterback prospects not enough people are talking about Tyrod Taylor. He reminds me a lot of former Hampton quarterback Ronald Curry (Oakland Raiders) in that he can beat you with his arm and legs. As a passer Taylor has all the throws in his arsenal. He can throw with zip or touch, is very accurate and throws a great deep ball. When forced out of the pocket Taylor shows excellent accuracy when throwing on the run, even against his body. While in the pocket he is very tough to bring down because of his exceptional quickness, hips and footwork. When things do breakdown he’s not always looking to run, rather he keeps his eyes and vision up field trying to find and hit a wide receiver. When he does decide to tuck it and run he becomes very dangerous with the ball in his hands because of his excellent speed and the ability to make the defender(s) miss. Taylor can start and stop on a dime and has a great burst.
In the dawn of this new era of offensive football more teams are looking for quarterbacks that can put more pressure on a defense because of their versatility of throwing and running. Tyrod Taylor certainly fits into this category and is the country’s most athletic signal caller among the Class of 2007.
8) Josh Nesbitt
Greensboro (Ga.) Greene County
Auburn, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Texas, Duke
Josh Nesbitt is an athletic quarterback prospect that's a quarterback and running back rolled up into one player. As a signal caller he has a strong arm and is dangerous is the pocket because he has super quickness and footwork so he can avoid the initial rush. And this is when the trouble starts for the defense because once he evades the initial rush he can throw on the run or worse, tuck in and run. And once he takes off he has the ability to run over defenders (he loves to lower the boom), run right by them or has the quickness to shake and bake and make a move. His offense also has designed runs for him at the quarterback position. There are better passers among his peers in the Class of 2007 but he shows the ability to make all the throws. As a pure quarterback he is somewhat raw but Nesbitt has the talent and potential to become a very good signal caller at the college level.
Asa a junior, Nesbitt threw for over 2,800 yards and 31 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,200 yards and 22 scores.
9) Kodi Burns
Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside
Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Burns is the most underpublicized quarterback prospect in the country and he and Taylor (above) could very well be the two most dangerous. He has been described as a smaller version of Vince Young. Burns has great speed and can be extremely elusive. He is a creator, especially when things break down. On top of that he has an above average arm and shows good accuracy.
Burns accounted for 31 touchdowns by completing 134-of-277 passing for 2,182 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushing for 965 yards and another 11 scores as a junior.
10) Mike Paulus
Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy
Committed to North Carolina
First of all, this kid has great size and he will only get bigger and stronger at the next level. With that size Paulus also shows a terrific, lively arm. When he makes his drop and has the ability to plant and set his feet he can really put some velocity on the ball and shows a nice release. And he is accurate, especially on the short and intermediate routes. For his size he has decent mobility and shows the ability to throw on the run. Paulus also plays with poise.
As a junior Paulus went 131 of 234 passing for 2,084 yards and 23 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He has committed to North Carolina and this is a major commitment for Tar Heel head coach John Bunting because he graduates early and will have a chance to compete for the starting job next season. Paulus should also help the UNC recruiting efforts because of his “big” name both now and in the future.