Top 5 Midwest Quarterbacks

What a great year for quarterbacks in the Big Ten region. Is Chad Henne the best? He has some stiff competition. Here's a look at 1-5.

1. Chad Henne – 6-3, 210, 4.65 Wilson (Pa.) West Lawn

Henne is the best quarterback I've seen on film this year. He has a rocket for an arm and can make any throw on the football field. More than 30 schools offered a scholarship. This big time gunslinger scheduled a press conference to name his five finalists. Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Michigan and Tennessee all have a shot at signing Henne and a decision could come before the start of the 2003 season.

2. Anthony Morelli – 6-4, 210, 4.7 Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills

Morelli could easily be #1b. He will attend his second "Elite 11" quarterback camp in July and he's one of the top five quarterback prospects in the nation. Several schools are still in the hunt for his services. Notre Dame and Florida State could be in the drivers seat but Anthony could shock the recruiting world by staying home and signing with Pittsburgh.

3. Brian Hoyer – 6-4, 195 4.7 Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius

Threw for 2,130 yards and 19 touchdowns for one of the perennial Midwest powers. Hoyer was definitely the cream of the quarterback crop at the (Ann Arbor) Nike Camp which included Chase Patton, Anthony Turner and several other top quarterback prospects. John L. Smith loves St. Ignatius quarterbacks (Dave Ragone) and Michigan State could land quite a gem here but the Spartans will get some competition from Maryland and others.

4. Curtis Painter – 6-4, 205, 4.65 Vincennes (Ind.) Lincoln

This Southern Indiana quarterback blew me away on film with his arm strength and athletic ability. Painter, in my opinion, is the best kept secret in the Midwest as far as quarterbacks are concerned. Curtis is also a super basketball player but football is definitely his calling. Threw for 2,122 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior and was named all-state. Purdue, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Illinois and others are in the mix.

5. Bryan Savage – 6-4, 210, 4.7 Haverford (Pa.)The Haverford School

Talk about unlucky? Savage just happens to live in the same state as Chad Henne and Anthony Morelli, two of the top quarterbacks not only in the Keystone State but the entire country. Savage was relatively unknown during the May Evlaution period but a strong showing at the (State College) Nike Camp bolstered his stock considerably. On film, Savage shows he has what it takes to play quarterback in the Big Ten conference and he'll get that chance next year at the University of Wisconsin, where he has given his verbal commitment.

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