Spring Eval: Quarterbacks

Spring Eval Period is when coaches head out to evaluate and find top talent. Here at HornsDigest.com and Scout.com, we evaluate those same players. So who are the top players in the state of Texas? Here are the top five quarterbacks.

My Top Five Quarterbacks In Texas

1) Kyler Murray, 5-11 170, Allen — Simply put, I believe if Murray were 6-2, he'd be the top recruit in the 2015 class. You're talking about a player who runs like a wideout, but who has the poise and accuracy of an elite thrower. In today's spread offenses, height doesn't matter much, and Murray's won't stop him from being a top quarterback at the next level. Murray put up video game numbers as a junior, throwing for almost 3,700 yards and 46 touchdowns to nine picks, while also rushing for 1,274 yards and 19 touchdowns at 8.4 yards a pop.

2) Jarrett Stidham, 6-3.5 190, Stephenville — If you're talking NFL potential, Stidham's your guy. The Texas Tech commitment is an excellent athlete who actually had 800-plus yards receiving as a sophomore before moving to QB full time last year. It's a good switch, with his high-level arm strength allowing him to make throws all over the field. He's still a ways from reaching his ceiling, scary considering he threw for 2,613 yards and 30 touchdowns to five picks, while also rushing for 821 yards and 14 more scores.

3) Quinten Dormady, 6-4 205, Boerne — If Dormady hadn't missed his junior year with an injury, he'd be higher on everyone's list. As a sophomore, Dormady threw for 3,010 yards and 27 touchdowns to nine interceptions. The injury didn't have any long-term effect, as he's been able to make throws with velocity, but his greatest attribute was always his accuracy. Put this guy in a spread and watch him sit in the pocket and pick defenses apart.

4) Bo Schneider, 6-4 225, Dallas Jesuit — A bit of an under-the-radar guy, Schneider hasn't picked up the offers commensurate with his talent. But as schools get out to see him this spring, that should change. Schneider completed right at about 60 percent of his throws for 3,185 yards and 31 touchdowns last year, and he has the arm to stress defenses all over the field. But the most impressive part is how he's able to apply touch to his throws, especially with a deep ball that ranks among this in-state class's best.

5) Chason Virgil, 6-2 170, West Mesquite — It was a tough choice here to take Virgil over Southlake Carroll's Ryan Agnew or Troup's Blake Lynch, who is committed to Baylor. But while Lynch might be bigger, faster and have a stronger arm than Virgil, Virgil's more quarterback at this point. Agnew might be more polished than Virgil as well, though Virgil has him beaten on the size/speed/arm front. There's a bit of an 'it' factor with Virgil, who still needs to work on his consistency. Still, with his mobility and the way he's capable of developing as a passer, he's a good-looking prospect.



Scout.com's Top Five In-State Quarterbacks

1) Stidham **** (No. 4 nationally) — Texas Tech

2) Murray **** (No. 5)

3) Blake Lynch, 6-3 200, Troup **** (No. 23) — Baylor

4) Virgil *** (No. 27)

5) Kevin Dillman, 6-4 220, Denton Guyer *** (No. 32) — Nebraska


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