This is an updated listing of the top junior football prospects in the nation. There have been substantial changes since my listing of one month ago, including many updated thumbnails. I have also added a couple of new features: 1) An offers list and 2) for the top prospects, a best guess list. I have tried to identify Michigan prospects and have singled them out as follows:
**** Michigan Best Guess List
*** Michigan heavily invoved
** Michigan involved but more of a longshot
* Michigan in contact
1. Tim Tebow, 6-foot-3, 225-pounds; 4,61; Jacksonville, Fla. Nease. Tebow has solidified his position as the top-ranked quarterback in the country. He was First Team Class 3A All-State and was one of the very few juniors named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-South team. He was third in balloting for the Mr. Florida award. As a junior, Tebow passed for 4,286 yards and 46 touchdowns while throwing only six interceptions. He added another 1,266 yards for 24 touchdowns on the ground, accounting for a total of 70 touchdowns as a junior. At the U.S Army All-American Combine in San Antonio he was reportedly the most impressive quarterback in attendance and displayed the best arm. Has numerous offers, including one from Michigan. Grew up a fan of Florida, the school where both his parents attended and his brother is currently attending. He is Michigan's top target at the position but is probably a longshot to wind up a Wolverine. OFFERS: 30+ March Os: MICH, FLA, MIA, AL, FSU, TEN, OHST, NEB, GA, GT, LSU, SCAR, UNC, SCAR, PUR, ORE, OKST, WAKE, IND, LOU, DUKE, etc…
BEST GUESS: Florida ***
2. Mitch Mustain, 6-foot-3, 200-pounds; 4,72; Springdale, Ark. Mustain completed 139 of his 222 attempts (62.6 percent) for 2,164 yards and tossed 20 touchdown passes with just seven interceptions as a junior. He was a First Team All-State and a rare junior selection on the Orlando Sentinel's All-South team. He has a cannon for an arm and very good mobility. He reminds some of Chad Henne. Already has early offers from 17 schools. He is wide-open and Michigan is heavily involved. In my view, he has moved slightly ahead of Stafford as the second-best quarterback prospect in the nation. He plans to commit by the end of summer. OFFERS: 17 MARCH Os: ARK, MICHST, TEX A&M, LSU, MICH, TT, GT, TEX, OK, MS, SCAR, CLEM, HOU, KAN, LOU, ND
BEST GUESS: ???? ****
3. Matthew Stafford. 6-foot-3, 212-pounds; 4.70; Dallas, Texas. Highland Park. Entering his junior season Stafford was ranked as the top overall prospect in the state by Schoolsports.com. He was named District MVP after throwing for 18 touchdowns as a junior. A drop-back passer who can run, possibly this year's version of Rhett Bomar? He is a strong-armed quarterback who already has over 15 offers from such schools as Michigan, FSU, Oklahoma, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Baylor, SMU and Louisville. . Reportedly Scott Loeffler is very impressed with him. Both parents attended Florida State and he grew up rooting for the Seminoles. Not as good as Tebow and some feel that he is perhaps not even the top QB in the state, with Jevan Snead having made a move for that honor. Michigan is in his top five, but ranks behind Florida State, Georgia and a couple of other schools. OFFERS: 15 February Os: MICH, LOU, SMU, GA, FSU, OK, BAY, GT, LSU, OKST, KAN
BEST GUESS: Florida State ***
4. Neil Caudle. 6-foot-3, 192-pounds; 4.60; Hoover, Ala. Spain Park. Caudle is one of the South's top quarterbacks and was a SchoolSports.com pre-season All-American selection. Caudle had a strong junior season completing 129-of-200 passes (65%) for 1,624 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 424 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries in a little more than eight games. Caudle has early offers from Michigan, Alabama, Louisville and Auburn. He plans to camp at Michigan and really likes Scot Loeffler. One of Michigan's top realistic targets at the QB position, but be aware that he grew up an Auburn fan and will be tough for the Wolverines to pull out of the South. OFFERS: LOU, AUB, AL, MICH
BEST GUESS: Auburn ***
5. Zach Frazer. 6-foot-4, 209-pounds; 4.80; Mechanicsburg, Pa. Frazer was an AP First Team Class 3A selection as a junior and is Bob Lichtenfel's No. 3 rated prospect in the state. As a junior, Frazer completed 285-of-441 passes for 3,674 yards and 27 touchdowns with only nine interceptions. He has a very strong arm. He has been to Ann Arbor for at least one game. At one point he listed Michigan as his favorite school but recent offers from Notre Dame and Penn State have, at least temporarily, pushed those schools to the forefront. As of March he had over 20 offers. Frazer is no longer my best guess to be the Wolverines' QB signee for 2006, but a U-M offer could change things once again. OFFERS: 20 March Os: GT, ND, MIA, IA, DUKE, AKRON, SYR, UNC, NCST, PSU, KAN, LOU, UCONN
BEST GUESS: Notre Dame/Penn State/Michigan ****
6. Pat Devlin. 6-foot-3, 193-pounds; 4.78; Downingtown, Pa., East. Another talented quarterback from the Keystone State. Entered his junior year as SchoolSports.com's No. 4 overall prospect in the nation who went on to earn AP First Team Class 4A All-State honors. Passed for 2,913 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. Completed 147 of 231 passes for 2,237 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. Already has offers from such schools as Miami, Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and N.C. State. Bob Lichtenfels ranks him as the No. 4 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania. Nice dropback passer with a solid arm. Lists Virginia as his favorite and Michigan does not appear to be very actively recruiting him. OFFERS: UVA, MD, RUT, NCST, PITT, UNC, SYR, MIA
BEST GUESS: Virginia *
7. Jevan Snead. 6-foot-4, 205-pounds; 4.71; Stephenville, Texas. Snead rapidly rose up the charts in February and is considered by many to be the best quarterback in Texas, even better than Stafford. Has the offers to back up that claim: Florida, Auburn, Texas A&M, TCU, Tulane, Texas Tech, LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He has a strong arm and nice mobility. A touch of Vince Young? As a junior he completed 175 of 301 passes for 3,025 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also carried the ball 118 times for 514 yards. One of the very few top QBs not to mention Michigan among his early favorites. OFFERS: A&M, TCU, TULANE, TT, LSU, OK, OKST, TEX, HOU, AUB, FLA
BEST GUESS: Texas
8. Michael Herrick. 6-foot-2, 175-pounds; 4.80; Valencia Ca. It's a down year for quarterbacks in California, and Herrick is perhaps the best of the West Coast QBs in 2006. He passed for a school-record 4,065 yards and accounted for 28 touchdowns as a junior. Named Third Team All-State by CalHisports.com, First Team Junior All-State and First Team All-CIF-Southern Section-Division II. He has a very strong arm and pretty good athleticism. Recently received his first offer from Mississippi (out West the prospects tend to be offered later) but favors UCLA early on. Not listing Michigan in his top five but recently said that he may camp at Michigan so the coaches can see him throw, as such there is some interest. OFFERS: MS
BEST GUESS: UCLA **
9. Josh Freeman. 6-foot-6, 218-pound; 4.90' Grandview, Mo. Freeman was a First Team Class 4A All-State selection as a junior. He was considered one of the top signal callers at the recent U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas. The tall, well-built Freeman impressed onlookers both with his arm and his footwork. As a junior, he threw for 2,400 yards and 26 touchdowns with a 67-percent completion rate and only six interceptions; he also had three rushing touchdowns, and one receiving. Freeman has early offers from Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Iowa State. Nebraska is his favorite with Michigan in his top five. OFFERS: NEB, MO, KAN, IA, IAST
BEST GUESS: Nebraska ***
10. James Lark. 6-foot-3, 200-pounds; St. George, Utah Pine View. Lark is a real sleeper who has emerged in February as a national-level target. He has early offers from BYU, Utah State and Utah and also likes Michigan and USC. Interestingly for the Wolverines, he lived in Michigan until his sophomore year. He attended the USC summer camp and Norm Chow told him he would be one of the top five quarterbacks in the nation as a senior. Consensus First Team Class 3A All-Stater as a junior, passing for 41 touchdowns. Member of Church of LDS, so he will likely go on a mission before college. OFFERS: BYU, UTAH, UTST
BEST GUESS: USC/BYU/Michigan ***
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