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November 9, 2009

Category rankings: Quarterbacks

VOTE: Strongest arm | Most accurate | Best scrambler

The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the quarterbacks.

QUARTERBACK RANKINGS: Strongest arm | Most accurate | Best scrambler

5. Marcus McDade, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's
McDade Highlights
CONSIDERING: Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington State among others.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/190
BUZZ: Another first-year starter, McDade was able to make throws only NFL guys could make while at FBU camps this summer.
4. Mark Myers, Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius
Myers Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Pittsburgh
PARTICULARS: 6-4/220
BUZZ: This southpaw and first-year starter displayed a rocket arm versus traditional Ohio power Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier.
3. Phillip Sims, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith
Sims Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Alabama
PARTICULARS: 6-2/209
BUZZ: Sims is No. 2 in our pro-style quarterback rankings, and his strong arm is one reason he ranks so high.
2. Devin Gardner, Detroit (Mich.) Inkster
Gardner Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Michigan
PARTICULARS: 6-4/195
BUZZ: Gardner is ranked slightly ahead of Bolden as a prospect, but his arm strength trails Bolden by a bit.
1. Robert Bolden, Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's
Bolden Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Penn State
PARTICULARS: 6-4/195
BUZZ: This dual-threat quarterback had former NFL QB Rob Johnson coveting his arm strength during the EA Sports Elite 11 this summer.
MOST ACCURATE
5. Tyler Bray, Kingsburg (Calif.)
Bray Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Tennessee
PARTICULARS: 6-6/187
BUZZ: The Tennessee commitment won the Golden Gun for most accurate passer two days in a row at the Elite11.
4. James Franklin, Corinth (Texas) Lake Dallas
Franklin Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Missouri
PARTICULARS: 6-2/218
BUZZ: This dual-threat quarterback is racking up staggering numbers this season. The Missouri commitment completed 63 percent of his passes last year.
3. Jake Heaps, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline
Heaps Highlights
COMMITTED TO: BYU
PARTICULARS: 6-2/195
BUZZ: Our No. 1 pro-style quarterback, Heaps was a model of consistency while completing 65.1 percent of his passes last season.
2. Brett Nottingham, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
Nottingham Highlights
COMMITTED TO: UCLA
PARTICULARS: 6-4/210
BUZZ: Nottingham was the most accurate passer at the Elite11 tryouts held in Berkeley, Calif. He completed 69.4 percent of his passes last year.
1. Chandler Whitmer, Downers Grove (Ill.) South
Whitmer Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Illinois
PARTICULARS: 6-1/185
BUZZ: Completed 81.5 percent of his passes last season, and walked away with the overall most accurate passer at the Elite11.
BEST SCRAMBLER
5. James Franklin, Corinth (Texas) Lake Dallas
Franklin Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Missouri
PARTICULARS: 6-2/218
BUZZ: Known for throwing first and running second, Franklin still managed to score 18 touchdowns and rush for 1,151 yards last year.
4. Matt Brown, Allen (Texas)
Brown Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Arizona
PARTICULARS: 6-0/175
BUZZ: The Arizona commitment rushed for 1,131 yards and 13 touchdowns while leading his team to a state championship.
3. Sean Robinson, Rochester (Ill.)
Robinson Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Purdue
PARTICULARS: 6-5/205
BUZZ: This former receiver has turned into a great weapon in his team's read-option offense. He ran for 1,071 yards last year.
2. Trey Burton, Venice (Fla.)
Burton Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Florida
PARTICULARS: 6-3/203
BUZZ: This athletic quarterback rushed for 28 touchdowns while gaining 1,173 yards on the ground last season.
1. Devin Gardner, Detroit (Mich.) Inkster
Gardner Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Michigan
PARTICULARS: 6-4/195
BUZZ: This strong-armed quarterback rushed for 1,401 yards and 22 touchdowns last year.



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