One could argue that Arch Manning is the most-hyped quarterback recruit ever, but he’s certainly not the first hyped quarterback recruit of recent memory.
In the last 30 years, there have been plenty of players who were considered saviors of their programs before they ever took a college snap. Manning, who committed to Texas Thursday, is just the latest, and he carries with him the added burden of being the grandson of Archie Manning and the nephew of both Peyton and Eli Manning.
With the Arch Manning “where will he go?” drama seemingly at an end, here’s a look back at 30 other ballyhooed quarterback prospects in the last 30 years (listed in chronological order):
1. Ron Powlus, Notre Dame (1993)
The hype: Before Powlus had ever played a game for the Fighting Irish, ESPN’s Beano Cook said he would win the Heisman Trophy “at least twice” and Notre Dame would win multiple national championships during his four years.
College career: After redshirting as a freshman due to a shoulder injury, Powlus passed for 7,602 yards and 52 touchdowns in four seasons as a starter.
Pro career: Powlus went undrafted in 1998 and never played in an NFL game, though he did spend some time in NFL Europe.
Where are they now?: After coaching quarterbacks on the college level for more than a decade, Powlus is now an associate athletics director at Notre Dame. His son, Ron III, will be a redshirt freshman quarterback in 2022.
2. Peyton Manning, Tennessee (1994)
The hype: Archie’s son was a record-setting quarterback at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, where his father had starred with the NFL’s Saints.
College career: After turning away from Ole Miss (his parents’ alma mater and where his older brother, Cooper, had played wide receiver before a career-ending spinal condition), Manning surprised many by signing with Tennessee. He became the starter early in his freshman season, and became arguably the greatest quarterback in SEC history up to that time. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior, but never beat Florida and never won a national championship (ironically, the Volunteers won the title the year after he graduated).
Pro career: The No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Manning won two Super Bowls and three league MVP awards in 18 seasons. He is among the top quarterbacks in NFL history in several statistical categories, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.
Where are they now?: After flirting with the idea of broadcasting for several years, Manning and younger brother Eli launched the wildly popular “Manning-cast” Monday Night Football simulcast on ESPN2 last fall.
3. Josh Booty, LSU (1994)
The hype: Many people forget that Peyton Manning was not only not the highest-rated quarterback in his signing class, he wasn’t even the top recruit in his own state. That honor went to Booty, who became the first high school player in history to throw for more than 10,000 yards during his career at Evangel Christian School in Shreveport.
College career: Booty was a four-time all-state selection as a shortstop in baseball, and the Florida Marlins drafted him No. 5 overall in June of 1994, luring him away from LSU with a then-record $1.6 million signing bonus. He made the majors with the Marlins, but played in just 13 games in parts of three seasons before returning to the gridiron in the fall of 1999 at LSU. He started two seasons at quarterback, passing for a total of 3,951 yards and 24 touchdowns with 34 interceptions.
Pro career: Booty entered the 2001 NFL draft and was selected in the sixth round by the Seattle Seahawks, but never played in a game. Booty later attempted to make a baseball comeback as a knuckleball pitcher, but did not catch on.
Where are they now?: Booty now owns and operates a consulting and marketing firm, Big Dream Ventures.
4. Tim Couch, Kentucky (1996)
The hype: Couch was a two-sport legend before he ever left Leslie County High School in Hyden, Ky. In football, he set national records for completions (872), passing yards (12,104) and touchdown passes (132). In basketball, he averaged 36 points per game as a junior and scored more than 3,000 points in his career.
College career: Couch chose to stay in state for college at Kentucky, but split time his freshman year with holdover Billy Jack Haskins. After new coach Hal Mumme put Couch at the controls of his “Air Raid” offense in 1997, Couch re-wrote the SEC passing record book with or 763 completions, 8,159 yards and 73 touchdowns in two seasons as starter.
Pro career: After being named SEC Player of the Year as a junior in 1998, Couch declared for the NFL draft and went No .1 overall to the expansion Cleveland Browns. In five NFL seasons, Couch went 22-37 as a starter and threw more interceptions (67) than touchdown passes (64) before a shoulder injury derailed his career.
Where are they now?: Couch has spent the last several years in broadcasting, calling SEC games for Fox Sports and working as an NFL radio and TV analyst in Cleveland.
5. Chris Simms, Texas (1999)
The hype: The son of New York Giants Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms, Chris Simms was the USA Today national player of the year as a senior at Ramapo High School in New Jersey.
College career: After first committing to Tennessee, he signed with Texas, which already had an established starter in then-rising sophomore Major Applewhite. That led to a revolving door between the two quarterbacks, though Simms never achieved Applewhite’s level of popularity with Texas fans (likely due in large part to Simms’ 0-3 record vs. Oklahoma). He finished his Texas career with 7,097 yards and 58 touchdowns.
Pro career: Simms was drafted in the third round by Tampa Bay in 2003. He led the Buccaneers to the playoffs in 2005, but a ruptured spleen suffered in a game early the next season vs. Carolina short-circuited his pro career after just 23 games and 16 starts.
Where are they now?: Simms spent some time in coaching, and has for the last decade worked as a well-regarded NFL and college football analyst for various networks.
6. Eli Manning, Ole Miss (1999)
The hype: Unlike older brother Peyton, Eli followed the family tradition and went to Ole Miss. As luck would have it, the Rebels had recently hired as their new head coach David Cutcliffe, Peyton’s quarterbacks coach at Tennessee (there was actually no luck involved, the hire was completely intentional).
College career: After redshirting in 1999 and playing sparingly as a redshirt freshman, Manning’s breakthrough came when he threw three touchdowns off the bench in the fourth quarter of the 2000 Music City Bowl. He led the Rebels to three bowl games in three seasons as a starter, finishing third in the Heisman balloting as a senior in 2003.
Pro career: Manning was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft by the San Diego Chargers, but leveraged a draft day trade that sent him to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers, the No. 4 selection. Manning was the Giants’ starter for 14 seasons and parts of two others, retiring after 2019 with a pair of Super Bowl championships.
Where are they now?: In 2021, he joined Peyton as part of the popular “Manning Cast” during Monday Night Football on ESPN2.
7. Brock Berlin, Florida (2000)
The hype: Berlin was a three-time state champion and the Gatorade and Parade national player of the year at Louisiana’s Evangel Christian, the same school Josh Booty had attended. He chose to attend Florida, where Steve Spurrier’s Gators also assembled a “Berlin Wall” of offensive line recruits that included five-star prospects Jonathan Colon, Shannon Snell and Max Starks.
College career: With the Gators, Berlin got beaten out by the much-less-heralded Rex Grossman, who would finish as Heisman runner-up in 2001 and later quarterbacked the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl. Berlin transferred after the 2001 season to Miami, going 5-0 against rivals Florida State and Florida in his two years as starter.
Pro career: Undrafted in 2004, Berlin made his only NFL start in 2007 with the St. Louis Rams, throwing for 176 yards in a 19-10 loss to Cincinnati.
Where are they now?: Berlin is back in Louisiana, working in medical sales.
8. Brodie Croyle, Alabama (2001)
The hype: The son of highly respected philanthropist and former Alabama player John Croyle, Brodie Croyle set numerous Alabama high school passing records at tiny Westbrook Christian School near Gadsden.
College career: Croyle overlooked turmoil at his in-state school and signed with the Crimson Tide over offers from Oklahoma and Florida State. Croyle played well when he was healthy at Alabama, which wasn’t often early in his career. He finally put it all together as a fifth-year senior in 2005, leading the Crimson Tide to a 10-2 record and a victory in the Cotton Bowl. He finished his career as the program’s all-time leading passer.
Pro career: Croyle was drafted in the third round by the Kansas City Chiefs, but went winless in 10 career starts.
Where are they now?: In 2014, Croyle took over as president and CEO of Big Oak Ranch, the Christian home for abused, neglected and abandoned children that his father founded in 1974.
9. Vince Young, Texas (2002)
The hype: Young’s Madison High School team in Houston reached the state semifinals his senior season, when he was state 5A player of the year, Parade national player of the year and Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl before signing with the in-state Texas Longhorns.
College career: After redshirting his freshman year, Young beat out starter Chance Mock midway through the 2003 season. He led Texas to a Rose Bowl victory over Michigan as a sophomore in 2004, then an undefeated season and their first national championship since 1970 the following year, scoring three touchdowns in a 41-38 victory over USC in title game.
Pro career: After posting a 30-2 record as a starter at Texas, Young was chosen No. 3 overall in the 2006 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans. Young took home Rookie of the Year honors and led Tennessee to the playoffs that first season. His play began to decline during his second season, however, and he was out of the league by 2011 after a series of injuries and bizarre off-field incidents.
Where are they now?: He now works for the athletic department at his alma mater.
10. Chris Leak, Florida (2003)
The hype: Leak became nationally famous when Wake Forest coach Jim Caldwell offered him a scholarship in the eighth grade. He later won three state championships and set numerous North Carolina passing records at Independence High School of Charlotte.
College career: Leak did not follow older brother C.J. to Wake, instead signing with Florida. He was a four-year starter with the Gators, throwing for 11,213 yards and 88 touchdowns and capping his career with a national championship in 2006.
Pro career: Leak went undrafted by the NFL, and later played in Canada and in the Arena League.
Where are they now?: He coached briefly in college and in high school (where abuse allegations by a student caused him to lose his teaching license) and now runs a private quarterback school, Air Strike Passing Academy.
11. Rhett Bomar, Oklahoma (2004)
The hype: After a stellar career as quarterback at Grand Prairie High School near Dallas, Bomar was part of a Sooners recruiting class that also included superstar running back (and fellow Texan) Adrian Peterson.
College career: Bomar took over as the Sooners’ starter as a redshirt freshman in 2005, capping the season with an MVP performance in the Holiday Bowl. After news broke that Bomar had been paid for a no-show summer job at a car dealership owned by an Oklahoma booster, he was dismissed from the Sooners’ team prior to the 2006 season. Bomar re-surfaced in Texas at FCS powerhouse Sam Houston State and was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection.
Pro career: Selected in the fifth round by the New York Giants in 2009, Bomar never played in an NFL game.
Where are they now?: Bomar is now a high school football assistant coach in Texas.
12. Ryan Perrilloux, LSU (2005)
The hype: The USA Today national player of the year and a Parade All-American at East St. John High School outside New Orleans, Perrilloux first committed to Texas (in the same class as Colt McCoy) before flipping to LSU on signing day.
College career: Established starter Jamarcus Russell and a pair of suspensions — one for using a fake ID to get into a casino and another for a bar fight — kept Perrilloux mostly off the field until late in his redshirt sophomore season. He started in place of the injured Matt Flynn in the 2007 SEC championship game, throwing for 243 yards and garnering MVP honors before Flynn returned to start (and win) the national championship game. Perrilloux was kicked off the team for good the following spring, and landed at Jacksonville State. He started two seasons with the Gamecocks, earning Ohio Valley Conference player of the year honors as a senior in 2009.
Pro career: Unable to latch on with an NFL team after going undrafted, Perrilloux has bounced between several indoor and minor-league football outfits in the last decade-plus.
Where are they now?: Perrilloux is still playing football, most recently for the Baton Rouge Redsticks of the United Football League.
13. Mark Sanchez, USC (2005)
The hype: Part of the same recruiting class as Perrilloux, Sanchez was considered the successor to Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart when he signed with USC out of California’s Mission Viejo High School.
College career: It took Sanchez three years to win the starting job, as Leinart was still around in 2005 and he was unable to beat out John David Booty (Josh Booty’s younger brother) the next two seasons. In 2007, Sanchez passed for 3,207 yards and 34 touchdowns as the Trojans went 12-1, won the Rose Bowl and finished second in the final rankings behind national champion Florida.
Pro career: Sanchez jumped to the NFL despite just one season as a starter, and was drafted No. 5 overall by the New York Jets. He won the starting job in training camp and became the rare NFL rookie to win a playoff game during his first season. Though the Jets reached the playoffs again in 2010, injuries and a propensity to turn the ball over (89 interceptions in 79 games) marred the remainder of Sanchez’ eight-year NFL career.
Where are they now?: Sanchez now works as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports.
14. Tim Tebow, Florida (2006)
The hype: Tebow first entered the national consciousness as a two-time Florida Mr. Football and Parade All-American at Nease High School near Jacksonville. The subject of an ESPN documentary while he was still in high school, Tebow chose his in-state Gators in a close decision (at least that’s what he said) over Alabama.
College career: Once he got to Florida, Tebow became equally revered and reviled for his outspoken Christian faith and undeniable excellence on the field. He helped the Gators win a national championship as a freshman, accounting for 13 touchdowns as a situational quarterback behind Chris Leak. He won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in 2007, and led Florida to another national championship his junior year. The Gators spent most of the 2009 season ranked No. 1 before losing to Alabama in the SEC championship game, but ended his career with 12,233 yards and 145 touchdowns combined rushing and passing and three top five Heisman finishes.
Pro career: Denver Broncos drafted him in the first round, and Tebow led the Broncos to a division title and first-round playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in his second season. However, the Broncos signed Peyton Manning as a free agent the following offseason and traded Tebow to the New York Jets, who released him after one season. He failed to catch on with the New England Patriots the following summer and eventually landed with the SEC Network as an analyst. In between failed attempts to make the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Tebow played five seasons of minor-league baseball despite having not participated in the sport since his junior year of high school.
Where are they now?: His playing career apparently over, Tebow returned to the SEC Network full-time last fall. He also continues to devote time and energy to numerous charitable endeavors.
15. Mitch Mustain, Arkansas (2006)
The hype: A star in Northwest Arkansas football circles from the time he was in eighth grade, Mustain was the state’s Mr. Football when he led Springdale High School to a state championship as a senior in 2006. Playing for a team coached by Gus Malzahn, Mustain threw 47 touchdowns in 14 games.
College career: Mustain signed with nearby Arkansas as part of what many believed to be a package deal that also included six of his Springdale teammates and a job for Malzahn as the Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator. He went 8-0 as a freshman starter, but was benched late that season in favor of the more-experienced Casey Dick. After Malzahn left for Tulsa after the season, Mustain transferred to USC. He never won the full-time starting job with the Trojans, throwing just 89 passes in two seasons before declaring for the 2011 NFL draft.
Pro career: After going undrafted, Mustain played for a number of indoor football teams and also briefly pursued a minor-league baseball career.
Where are they now?: As of 2020, Mustain was living in Phoenix and working for a military supply company.
16. Matthew Stafford, Georgia (2006)
The hype: A classmate of future baseball great Clayton Kershaw at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Stafford led his football team to a 15-0 record and a state championship as a senior. He was a Parade All-American and MVP of the Elite 11 camp.
College career: Stafford signed with Georgia, leading ESPN’s Mel Kiper to predict he’d eventually be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft. A three-year starter for the Bulldogs, Stafford passed for 7,731 yards and 51 touchdowns. His Georgia teams went 3-0 in bowl games and 3-0 vs. Auburn, but losses to Alabama and Florida during his junior season ended any hopes of a national championship.
Pro career: Stafford made good on Kiper’s prediction when he was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft by the Detroit Lions. In 12 seasons with the Lions and one with the Los Angeles Rams, he has passed for 49,995 yards and 323 touchdowns (both figures rank 12th all-time through 2021). He led the Rams to the Super Bowl championship this past February.
Where are they now?: It’s possible (though not likely) Stafford is currently polishing his Super Bowl ring.
17. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (2007)
The hype: The younger brother of former SEC quarterbacks Casey and Rick Clausen, Jimmy Clausen was featured in Sports Illustrated as “The Kid with the Golden Arm” when he was still a junior at Cardinal Newman High School in California. He announced his commitment to Notre Dame after taking stretch Hummer to the College Football Hall of Fame, then located in South Bend.
College career: Clausen took over as starter after one game of his freshman year, but the Fighting Irish went 1-5 in his first six games and he was benched. He put up better numbers the next two seasons, and set a Notre Dame postseason record with 406 yards and five touchdowns in a victory over Hawaii in the 2017 Hawaii Bowl.
Pro career: Clausen declared for the draft after his junior season, and was a second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers. He started 10 games as a rookie, threw nine interceptions to just one touchdown and failed to get along well with teammates. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton No. 1 overall the following year, essentially ending Clausen’s tenure. He was released in 2013, and played in just six games with the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens before retiring at the end of the 2015 season.
Where are they now?: Clausen has spent time as a studio analyst for CBS and NBC, but primarily works in real estate investment in his native California.
18. Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State (2008)
The hype: A state champion and all-state performer in both football and basketball at Jeannette (Pa.) High School, Pryor was compared to the likes of Vince Young and Randall Cunningham as a freshman. He was MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the No. 2 ranked player in his recruiting class.
College career: Pryor dragged his recruitment out until late March, signing with Ohio State a week after winning the state championship in basketball. He became the Buckeyes’ starter in Game 4 of his freshman year, and rushed and passed for more than 8,000 yards and 70 touchdowns in three seasons. Prior to what would have been his senior year, Pryor and four teammates were suspended five games by the NCAA for exchanging Ohio State memorabilia for cash and tattoos.
Pro career: Pryor declared for the 2011 NFL supplemental draft, and was selected in the third round by the Oakland Raiders. He was the Raiders’ primary starting quarterback in 2013, but moved to wide receiver upon joining the Cleveland Browns two years later. He played eight seasons with four different teams, starting a total of 30 games.
Where are they now?: Pryor survived a serious stabbing in 2019, in which he and his then-girlfriend were each charged with assault. He was arrested again last following a different domestic incident with the same woman.
19. Matt Barkley, USC (2009)
The hype: Barkley was the Gatorade National Player of the Year and national male athlete of the year as a junior at California’s Mater Dei High School in 2007, the first non-senior to win either award. The No. 1 overall prospect in his recruiting class, he committed to USC eight months prior to his senior season.
College career: Barkley beat out Mitch Mustain and Aaron Corp for the starting job as a freshman, and went on to pass for 12,327 yards and 115 touchdowns in four seasons. He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a junior in 2011, setting a Pac-12 record with 39 touchdown passes. Despite being projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, Barkley stayed for his senior season and threw 36 touchdown passes.
Pro career: A shoulder injury suffered late in his senior season dimmed Barkley’s draft prospects, and he was not selected until the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. He got his first and only opportunity to start in the NFL in 2016 with the Chicago Bears, his third pro team in four seasons. He has played a total of eight years with seven different teams, starting just seven games.
Where are they now?: Barkley signed a one-year deal in March with the Buffalo Bills, with whom he spent the 2018-20 seasons as a backup.
20. Jameis Winston, Florida State (2012)
The hype: Winston was MVP of the Elite 11 quarterback camp prior to his senior year at Hueytown High School, where he starred in both football and baseball. Expressing the desire to play both sports in college, he was the rare in-state five-star recruit to escape Nick Saban’s grasp during his time at Alabama.
College career: Winston signed instead with Florida State, redshirting as a freshman behind eventual first-round NFL draft pick EJ Manuel. He won the starting job the following spring and was an immediate phenomenon from his first game in 2013. He passed for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns, leading the Seminoles to the national championship and becoming the second freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Winston’s sophomore season was marred by off-field issues, including a sexual assault allegation from the previous year, a shoplifting arrest and a vulgar outburst in the FSU student union building that led to him being suspended for a game vs. Clemson. The Seminoles made it to the semifinals of the first College Football Playoff, but lost to Oregon.
Pro career: Winston declared for the 2015 NFL draft, and was selected No. 1 overall by Tampa Bay. He started five seasons with the Buccaneers, earning All-Rookie honors his first season and leading the league in passing yards in 2019. He also led the league with 30 interceptions that season, and was allowed to leave as a free agent in 2020. Winston signed with the New Orleans Saints and backed up Drew Brees that season, then started the first seven games of 2021 before a season-ending knee injury.
Where are they now?: Winston re-signed with the Saints in the offseason, and is expected to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2022.
21. Josh Rosen, UCLA (2015)
The hype: An elite tennis player as a youth in Southern California, Rosen made the switch to football at John Bosco High School and was Los Angeles Times Player of the Year and a USA Today All-American as a senior in 2014. A five-star prospect and the top quarterback in his recruiting class, he picked up the nickname “The Rosen One” shortly after signing with UCLA.
College career: Rosen passed for 3,669 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2015, earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. He missed half his sophomore year with a shoulder injury, but rebounded to set a UCLA program record with 3,756 yards as a junior in 2017. He then left school to enter the NFL draft.
Pro career: Rosen was drafted No. 10 overall by Arizona, but alienated many observers after he declared that the players taken ahead of him (a list that included fellow quarterbacks Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen) were “nine mistakes.” Rosen started most of his rookie season, but the Cardinals finished 3-13 and secured the No. 1 pick for the 2019 draft. Arizona selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray first overall, then traded Rosen to Miami. He started three games (all losses) that season for the Dolphins, who subsequently drafted Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the first round the following year. Rosen was released early in the 2020 season, and later spent time as a backup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.
Where are they now?: Rosen is currently a free agent, and it’s unclear if he will be on an NFL roster in 2022.
22. Kyler Murray, Texas A&M (2015)
The hype: Arguably the most successful high school quarterback in Texas history, Murray posted a 43-0 record and won three straight state championships at Allen High School. Also a standout in baseball, he was the first player selected to the Under Armour All-America Game in both sports.
College career: Murray signed with Texas A&M two years after Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel had departed, and a year after fellow five-star quarterback Kyle Allen. Murray saw part-time duty in eight games as a freshman, but transferred after the season to Oklahoma. After sitting out the 2016 season, he backed up Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield the following year. He became the starter in 2018 and put together one of the great quarterback seasons in history, accounting for 5,362 yards and 54 touchdowns in winning his own Heisman.
Pro career: Murray also played baseball at Oklahoma, and considered a pro career in that sport as many believed his size (5-foot-10) would keep him from football success at the next level. Murray had been drafted No. 9 overall by the Oakland Athletics in baseball in 2017, but after his Heisman season was selected No. 1 overall by the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. He was chosen as Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019, and made the Pro Bowl in both 2020 and 2021.
Where are they now?: Preparing for his fourth season as the Cardinals’ starting quarterback and face of the franchise.
23. Shea Patterson, Ole Miss (2016)
The hype: Patterson had a well-traveled high school career, spending time in Texas and Louisiana before landing at IMG Academy in Florida. The top-rated quarterback in his signing class, was also briefly committed Arizona before landing at Ole Miss.
College career: Patterson initially planned to redshirt as a freshman, but started the final three games after senior Chad Kelly was lost for the season with a knee injury. He started the first seven games in 2017 before suffering his own season-ending knee injury. Ole Miss was hit with major NCAA sanctions after that season, and Patterson transferred to Michigan. He started two seasons with the Wolverines, totaling 5,661 yards and 45 touchdowns.
Pro career: Patterson went undrafted in 2020, and was later cut by the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent a year as a backup quarterback in the CFL, then signed this past spring with the Michigan Panthers of the re-constituted USFL.
Where are they now?: Patterson finished the 2022 USFL season with the New Orleans Breakers after getting waived by Michigan. His future in the USFL — or higher leagues — is not yet clear.
24. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (2017)
The hype: A legend in Hawaii from the time he was eight years old, Tagovailoa emerged on the national scene when he began to excel at Honolulu’s St. Louis School, the alma mater of 2014 Oregon Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. Though many believed he was ticketed for USC, the left-hander landed at Alabama as the highest rated quarterback to sign with the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban.
College career: Alabama had rising sophomore Jalen Hurts at quarterback when Tagovailoa arrived in Tuscaloosa, though rumblings out of practice indicated the freshman was the better of the two quarterbacks. He achieved instant legendary status when he entered the national championship game vs. Georgia at halftime and led Alabama to a comeback victory. He was SEC Player of the Year and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray as a sophomore, but his junior year was cut short by a severe hip injury suffered against Mississippi State.
Pro career: Despite the injury, Tagovailoa elected to enter the 2020 NFL draft and was selected No. 5 overall by the Miami Dolphins. He assumed the starting role six games into his rookie season, and is 13-8 as the Dolphins’ No. 1 quarterback the last two seasons.
Where are they now?: After rumors the Dolphins might draft a quarterback in 2022 proved unfounded, Tagovailoa enters his third season as the team’s unquestioned starter.
25. Tate Martell, Ohio State (2017)
The hype: Martell committed to Washington when he was 14, but opened up his commitment upon relocating to Las Vegas and enrolling at powerhouse Bishop Gorman. He went 45-0 as a starter and was featured in the Netflix documentary series QB1: Beyond the Lights.
College career: The USA Today and Gatorade national player of the year as a senior in 2016, Martell signed with Ohio State after being committed to Texas A&M for a time. After serving as backup quarterback to future NFL first-round pick Dwayne Haskins as a redshirt freshman, Martell looked to transfer following the resignation of Urban Meyer as Buckeyes head coach. He landed at Miami, receiving a waiver to be immediately eligible in 2019. He threw just one pass for the Hurricanes that season, eventually moving to receiver. He opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID, then transferred a second time, to UNLV. He played in two games for his hometown Runnin’ Rebels last fall, throwing only six passes.
Pro career: Martell announced in January he was “retiring” from football, despite having an additional year of college eligibility remaining.
Where are they now?: Martell is reportedly pursuing unspecified business interests.
26. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (2018)
The hype: A star from his freshman season at Cartersville (Ga.) High School, Lawrence won 41 straight games and two state championships. He was the higher-rated of two five-star quarterback prospects from Georgia in his signing class, but ended his recruitment early by committing to Clemson at the end of his junior year.
College career: Kelly Bryant returned after leading Clemson to the Sugar Bowl in 2018, but Lawrence beat him out for the starting job after four games. With Lawrence at the controls, the Tigers became the first FBS team to go 15-0, handing Alabama a 44-16 loss — the worst of the Nick Saban era — in the national title game. Lawrence was ACC Player of the Year in 2019 and got Clemson back to the national championship game, but the Tigers’ 29-game winning streak was snapped in a 42-25 loss to LSU. Lawrence missed two games of his junior season after testing positive for COVID, and a third straight trip to the College Football Playoff ended in a semifinal loss to Ohio State. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting to Alabama’s Devonta Smith before declaring for the 2021 NFL draft.
Pro career: Lawrence was a slam dunk No. 1 overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and started all 17 games as a rookie. The Jaguars suffered through a 3-17 season that included the firing of head coach Urban Meyer after 13 games, and Lawrence threw 17 interceptions to just 12 touchdowns.
Where are they now?: The Jaguars have a new coach and offensive coordinator, giving Lawrence a clean slate for his second NFL season.
27. Justin Fields, Georgia (2018)
The hype: Fields, from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga., was second to only Lawrence in the 2018 national recruiting rankings. However, he won the state’s Mr. Football Award despite suffering a broken finger that ended his season early. He was also the MVP of the Elite 11 camp prior to his senior year, during which he committed to Georgia after previously being pledged to Penn State.
College career: Georgia had just played in the national championship game behind freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, also a highly touted in-state player. Fields played in 12 games in 2018 in a situational role, but announced after the SEC championship game he planned to transfer. He signed with Ohio State, and received an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA to play in 2019. He was an immediate success with the Buckeyes, throwing 41 touchdown passes and finishing third in the Heisman balloting as his team reached the College Football Playoff. His 2020 season was cut to eight games by COVID, but he repeated as Big Ten Player of the Year and got Ohio State back to the playoff. The Buckeyes lost to Lawrence and Clemson both times.
Pro career: Fields entered the 2021 NFL draft and was selected No. 5 overall by the Chicago Bears. In 10 starts, he threw just seven touchdown passes (with 10 interceptions) and posted a 2-8 record. Fields did lead all rookie quarterbacks with 420 yards rushing.
Where are they now?: The Bears have a new coach and offensive coordinator, giving Lawrence a clean slate for his second NFL season.
28. Bo Nix, Auburn (2019)
The hype: The son of a former Auburn quarterback, Nix was destined to play football for the Tigers almost from the crib. After leading Pinson Valley High School — coached by his father, Patrick — to the first of back-to-back state championships, the five-star prospect committed to the Tigers in January of his junior year.
College career: Nix won the starting job at the end of fall camp his freshman year, and passed Auburn to a dramatic victory over Oregon in his first college game. He also led the Tigers to a 48-45 win in the Iron Bowl, and was named SEC Freshman of the Year at season’s end. The next two years were less enjoyable for Nix, who struggled with inconsistency and saw his junior season end after nine games with a broken ankle. After the season, Nix announced he was transferring to Oregon.
Pro career: Still in college
Where are they now?: Nix will play his first game with the Ducks back in the South, facing Georgia in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic on Sept. 4.
29. Bryce Young, Alabama (2020)
The hype: The USA Today player of the year as a senior at California powerhouse Mater Dei, Young passed for 13,520 yards and 152 touchdowns during his high school career. A five-star recruit and the No. 1 quarterback in his signing class, he first committed to USC before flipping to Alabama. He is the highest-rated recruit to sign with the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban, which is saying quite a bit.
College career: Young was the back-up to Mac Jones as a true freshman in 2020, when the Crimson Tide went unbeaten and won the national championship. He took over as the starter last fall, and rewrote the Alabama passing record book with 4,872 yards and 47 touchdowns. Alabama won the SEC title and reached the national title game again, losing to Georgia. At season’s end, Young became the Crimson Tide’s second straight Heisman Trophy winner, its first at quarterback.
Pro career: Still in college
Where are they now?: Young heads into his junior season at Alabama with a chance to become the first repeat Heisman winner since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin in the mid-1970s.
30. Quinn Ewers, Ohio State (2021)
The hype: Playing for Texas powerhouse Southlake Carroll, Ewers passed for 3,998 yards with 45 touchdowns and three interceptions as a sophomore in 2019. After leading Carroll to the state title game as a junior, he reclassified to the 2021 class so that he could enter college a year early.
College career: Ewers committed to Texas prior to his junior season, but ended up signing with Ohio State at least in part because Texas law at the time would not allow him to profit from his name, image and likeness. He played two snaps in the Buckeyes’ win over Michigan State last fall, but that would be his lone appearance at Ohio State. He transferred after the season to Texas, some six months after the NCAA had passed new NIL legislation that would allow him to sign endorsement deals.
Pro career: Still in college
Where are they now?: Enters the 2022 season as the odds-on favorite to be Texas’ starting quarterback. Manning doesn’t arrive until 2023.
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