Lone Star signal-callers
E.J. Holland on the Lone Star State's best 2013 prospects at quarterback.
Top Of The Class
Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright (6-5, 230)- Already labeled as the next Vince Young, Swoopes has a lot of hype surrounding him and rightfully so. The Texas commit is electrifying with the ball in his hands and is absolutely dominant in 2A. There is no doubt he can run like Young- Swoopes totaled 2,267 yards on the ground last season- but to be an elite quarterback at the next level, he will have to improve as a passer. He is still raw but if Mack Brown can develop his talents, there is no reason why Swoopes can’t be that next great Longhorn quarterback.
J.T. Barrett, WF Rider (6-1, 210)- Like Swoopes, Barrett has the ability to shake defenders with his legs and make throws downfield. But the Ohio State commit is a more polished passer. He has a cannon for an arm and gets the ball out in an instant. If there is anything he might need to work on, it’s his accuracy but other than that, he’s the complete package. Barrett is graduating early and will become a Buckeye in December.
Cody Thomas, Colleyville Heritage (6-5, 220)- Oklahoma found a perfect fit for its offense in Thomas. A tall signal caller, who can pick apart defenses, Thomas will follow in the footsteps of Sam Bradford and Landry Jones and should pick up right where they left off, but he must improve his arm strength. Thomas doesn’t have the greatest deep ball, but that will certainly improve as he strives to achieve his full potential up in Norman.
Next In Line
Davis Webb, Prosper (6-4, 195)- Physically, Webb could add a little muscle to his frame, which could go a long way in helping his arm strength. The Texas Tech commit will be in a high-powered offense that will require him to be accurate and make quick decisions and those are exactly the areas he excels at. A redshirt year would Webb tremendously but don’t be surprised if he’s even better than Seth Doege.
Devante Kincade, Dallas Skyline (6-1, 185)- If you’re in the Dallas area and want to see an exciting player, look no further than Kincade. He’s an absolute stud on the gridiron and can hurt defenses with his arm and his legs. A lot of people have questioned his size but the fact is this guy can play football. He’s probably the most confident guy on this list and has a swagger that’s second to none. Ole Miss should be extremely happy with his commitment.
Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll (6-1, 205)- This man right here is a true leader. He can make all the throws and punish the opposition with his physical running style. His teammates look up to him, and he responds by making play after play. Hill makes great decisions with the ball and is great at analyzing defenses. He should be a very nice fit at Texas A&M.
Best Of The Rest
Kohl Stewart, St. Pius X (6-3, 185)- Didn’t we just read about a Texas A&M commit? Yep… the Aggies nabbed two of the state’s top signal callers. Hill may be a better fit but Stewart is no slouch. It’ll definitely be exciting to watch when these two guys battle it out for the starting job. Stewart has a huge arm and can really chuck the ball down field.
Damion Hobbs, Cedar Hill (6-2, 190)- Hobbs shocked the recruiting world when he committed to Arkansas State over offers from schools such as Arkansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Those big schools definitely missed out. Thanks to his accuracy and athleticism, Hobbs will be a major star for the Red Wolves and could start as a true freshman.
Chris Johnson, Bryan (6-5, 195)- A poor man’s Tyrone Swoopes, Johnson has the potential to be just as good as his fellow classmate but that’s asking a lot. His legs obviously allow him to make plays when things break down but reports have been raving about his improved accuracy and touch. The next RG3? Maybe not. But he will be a very good quarterback for Baylor in the near future.
Zach Allen, Temple (6-3, 185)- Committed to Syracuse. Places balls where they need to be and has a nice release.
Richard Lagow, Plano (6-6, 220)- Committed to Uconn- Big arm but needs to work on decision-making and consistency.
Nic Shimonek, Mildred (6-4, 205)- Committed to Iowa- 2A signal caller flew a bit under the radar but is a potential breakout star.
Baker Mayfield, Lake Travis (6-1, 205)- Mayfield is a winner and should have a home very soon. He can definitely sling the ball around a justified by his stats- 3, 788 yards passing and 55 total touchdowns in 2011. Florida Atlantic, Rice and Washington State have offered while TCU has showed major interest.
Austin Robinson, Bellaire Episcopal (6-4, 210)- It’s pretty surprising that Robinson has only an offer from UTSA. He has a nice frame and is good but not great all around. TCU has shown interest and recently visited but if they don’t offer and everyone else passes on him, the Roadrunners may have found the man to jump-start their program.
Shane McCarley, Manvel (6-0, 185)- McCarley holds offers from Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech and Temple. He’s a bit undersized but is extremely smart and would be a nice add for a Non-AQ school.
E.J. Holland is a special contributor to Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.