CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman took a look back at the 2010 quarterback class in his blog. While it was known at the time that it wasn’t a particularly strong cycle at signal caller, an abnormal number of the highly-rated prospects in that class at that position have not made it to starter status at the FBS level. We take a closer look at several of the big names.
Rob Bolden got some early starts at Penn State, but was beaten out and eventually transferred to LSU as a back-up.
“I covered the Elite 11 quarterback camp that year when I was working for ESPN.com and you could tell that the group was less than stellar,” 247Sports National Recruiting Director JC Shurburtt said. “In fact, I felt like Devin Gardner and Rob Bolden were probably the two most high-value prospects there simply because of what they could do with their feet. That’s saying something in that particular setting.”
Below 247Sports National Scouting Director Gerry Hamilton and I reflect on five of the bigger misses from the 2010 class.
Phillip Sims, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith
An Alabama signee, Sims was the top-rated pro-style QB nationally coming out of high school. He lost the Tide's quarterback competition to AJ McCarron early on in the 2011 season and later transferred to Virginia.
"While similar in arm strength and physical abilities, McCarron showed a better grasp of the offense and was much more accurate throughout their battle" - Gerry Hamilton
Jesse Scroggins, Lakewood (Calif.)
The No. 2 pro-style QB in the class, Scroggins was redshirted and never could climb the depth chart at USC. He took only one snap in two seasons there, and now is at Arizona attempting to find his way onto the field.
"Arizona is a chance to get on the field. He's not a perfect fit for Rich Rodriguez's offense, but he has enough of the skill set to be a factor in the race."-Hamilton
Jake Heaps, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline
Heaps, the No. 3 pro-style QB in the class, signed with BYU and played two seasons there. After a strong freshman year, things went south the following season. Today, he is competing for the starting position at Kansas.
"Kansas provides an opportunity for him with the offensive scheme Charlie Weis runs. The question, though, has always been about his arm strength and ability to push the ball vertically. And that remains in question now."-Hamilton
Rob Bolden, West Bloomfield (Mich.) St. Mary’s Prep
Bolden signed with Penn State out of high school and went to Happy Valley as a top-100 recruit, even earning the starting job as a true freshman. But Bolden completed only 165 of 328 passes for 2,045 yards with seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions in two seasons there. He transferred to LSU and is a backup.
"He's a guy that struggled with the decision-making part of the game and translating throws to the college level."-Hamilton
Connor Wood, Houston (Texas) Second Baptist
A pro-style quarterback (he was No. 4 in the rankings at that position), Wood signed with Texas but was beat out for the starting spot by Garrett Gilbert in 2011 and transferred to Colorado, where he is a rising junior.
"Wood got into a tough situation at Texas. He came into the same class as Case McCoy. At the same time, he struggled with the decision-making part of the position, and grasping the speed of the game coming from a small private school.” -Hamilton