Quarterback is the most important position in football. Most college programs want to carry four, which means almost every school will sign a QB yearly, sometimes two.
Typically, only about 20-25 are rated four- or five-stars, so demand far outpaces supply. And teams usually do not move on from their No. 1 targets to accept a commitment from another until it is clear that they are out of the running. Lesser-rated recruits know this.
Given that there is only one football and that teams rarely rotate quarterbacks, a top QB will often want to reserve his spot with the school of his choice. QB is also the noted position of leadership, so the recruit can then attempt to persuade other top players to join him.
Only 21 weeks removed from National Signing Day 2015, 17 of the top 18 quarterbacks in the 247Sports Composite for 2016 are already committed.
17 of the top 18 quarterbacks are committed (7/16)
It is interesting to note that of the 16, regardless of whether designated as a pocket passer or dual threat, 11 are pass-first quarterbacks and not players who could be considered for another position.
Feleipe Franks to LSU (6/1/14)
The No. 1 dual threat in the Composite. Many assumed Franks would commit to Florida State, since his Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla High School has sent players to the Seminoles. But Franks was not the top target, and LSU put the press on early, impressing the 6'5, 220-pounder during visits in April and May 2014.
He has been solid ever since. Franks is a good baseball player and plans to play both sports at LSU, an important selling point for LSU. He has family in Louisiana as well.
Jack Allison to Miami (6/23/14)
Miami wasted little time in identifying who it wanted and making a move on the Palmetto (Fla.) star. They offered Allison in May of 2014, got him in to camp in June, and persuaded him to return to another in late June, when he committed.
Allison is a pro-style QB at 6'5, 200 in the classic Miami mold (Jim Kelly, Vinny Testaverde, Steve Walsh) with a big arm. Allison seems focused on recruiting for Miami and has not taken any major visits since.
Jacob Eason to Georgia (7/19/14)
The No. 1 QB in the country, the Lake Stevens (Wa.) senior went on a long tour in the summer of 2014, including Stanford, Notre Dame, Washington, Alabama, Florida State and Georgia, where he committed on July 19. The commitment was a surprise, with many thinking Notre Dame or Stanford would have a shot.
But Georgia has an excellent track record with pro-style quarterbacks under Mark Richt, including Aaron Murray, Matthew Stafford and David Greene. At 6'5 and 210 pounds, Eason fits that bill. Eason seems solid, but schools like Notre Dame and Michigan have not given up trying to take advantage of Georgia losing offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who took the Colorado State head coaching position.
Seth Green to Oregon (10/15/2014)
Oregon continued its tradition of picking up mobile quarterbacks late in 2014 by adding the Allen (Texas) star. Green also held offers from Louisville, Michigan State, Texas, Wisconsin, and Pitt. Green is difficult to bring down at 6'4, 215.
Malik Henry to Florida State (11/13/14)
Making a five-star in California the No. 1 priority over a highly rated four-star in Florida State's backyard was a risky proposition for Jimbo Fisher. FSU executed during its July camp. Henry, a dual-sport star in baseball and football, saw how Florida State managed Jameis Winston's two-sport load and was impressed.
In early November, Henry committed. Two months after, he transferred from Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Westlake to the IMG Academy in Bradenton (Fla.), making it easier to visit campus and recruit others to join him.
Brandon McElwain to South Carolina (12/31/2014)
Out of Newton (Pa.) Council Rock North, McElwain has a good skill set and if he was 6'3 instead of 6'0, would likely be ranked higher than his low four-star status. South Carolina has increasingly used QB mobility in its offense in recent years under Steve Spurrier.
Shea Patterson to Ole Miss (2/17/15)
The Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist star has already had an interesting recruitment. He committed to Arizona, where his brother Sean worked, in December of 2012. He then decommitted from Arizona in July 2014. LSU hired his brother as an offensive quality control assistant. That fueled speculation that LSU would land Patterson's commitment.
But by Thanksgiving of 2014, word was that Ole Miss was planning to hire Sean and felt very good about its position. USC was in the mix, but Patterson committed to Ole Miss. His brother began working as associate director of recruiting operations six days later.
Patterson is a tremendous passer with a good arm and great touch. He is the best QB recruit Ole Miss has landed in years and could contend for playing time early in Hugh Freeze's offense.
Shane Buechele to Texas (2/23/2015)
The four-star dual-threat from Arlington (Texas) Lamar chose the Longhorns over offers from Cal, Kansas State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech. Buechele is more polished than some of his fellow dual-threat competitors.
K.J. Costello to Stanford (3/26/15)
The Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic star is another classic pro-style passer with a big arm at 6'4 and 213 pounds. Stanford, which did not take a QB in 2015, set itself up to land him and indeed finally did, though USC and former coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan made tough runs.
Brandon Peters to Michigan (5/3//2015)
Having missed on K.J. Costello, Jim Harbaugh then turned to another tall, pro-style passer in Brandon Peters of Avon (Indiana). Peters' stock has been rising thanks to the release of his junior film and camp performances. As of mid-May, Peters is considered one of the 10 best pro-style QB recruits.
Austin Kendall to Oklahoma (4/7/2015)
Out of Waxhaw (NC) Cuthbertson High School, the pro-style Kendall was once committed to Tennessee, but decommitted after it became clear that the Volunteers had another QB atop their board, and chose the Oklahoma Sooners. The 6'2, 205-pound Kendall has seen his ranking steadily drop throughout 2015 as his physical skills are compared to those of other elite quarterbacks, but as of mid-May, he is still rated as a four-star.
Tristen Wallace to Ohio State (4/15/15)
After decommitting from Texas Tech, the super athletic Tristen Wallace ended up at Ohio State. The Buckeyes accepted his commitment from the Desoto (Texas) QB just two hours before Jarrett Guarantano (below) announced his choice. At 6'3 and 225 pounds, Wallace is a powerful runner who is a project throwing, especially after he missed most of his junior season with an ankle injury. Wallace had a strong playoff run after coming back, and if he impresses as a thrower in spring and in camps, expect the heat to be turned up.
Jarrett Guarantano to Tennessee (4/15/15)
The 6'4, 190-pound Guarantano opted for Tennessee over Ohio State and Rutgers. The wiry passer also has very good wheels. Out of Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, Guarantano is a great for Tennessee's system. Guarantano is committed, but Rutgers certainly will not give up, though there is no indication that Guarantano is anything but solid.
Matt Fink to USC (5/4/2015)
Out of Glendora (Calif.), Fink chose USC over several other major offers and offers more mobility than the typical USC QB recruit in recent years.
Dwayne Haskins to Maryland (5/15/2015)
From The Bullis School in Maryland, Haskins is 6'3, 200 pounds, mobile, and has good touch and velocity. And he's charismatic, which means he can likely persuade other prospects to join him from the DMV area. Maryland has made a huge effort to keep kids in the DMV area home, thanks in part to offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. And Maryland can offer early playing time, with a depth chart that is decidedly not loaded. Getting a QB with 35+ offers to stay home was huge for the Terrapins.
Woody Barrett to Auburn (6/3/2015)
Auburn, having secured two safe pocket passers in recent years, went after an athletic project in the 2016 cycle, and it got it in Woody Barrett, of Orlando (Fla.) West Orange. At 6'2 and 225 pounds, Barrett is a load to bring down.
Jawon Pass to Louisville (7/16/2015)
Pass is one of the top dual-threat QBs in the country and chose Louisville over Alabama and Auburn.
After summer camp season, schools will send out another round of offers. We'll take a look at the backup plans for some of the top schools.