Midwest recruit rankings - quarterbacks

All week Scout.com will be updating the rankings for Midwestern prospects. The states included are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kentucky. Here's a look at the top quarterback prospects in the Midwest.

Chicago's Isiah Williams was the pre-season favorites as top signal-caller and he's still our choice for No. 1 in the region. Williams is committed to Illinois but he has set official visits with North Carolina and Tennessee.

Cleveland's Arvell Nelson has quarterback height and although he's a little slight right now in the body, he does have a strong arm that was showcased during summer camp trips and the regular season as well.

Kentucky's Justin Burke is one of the top pure passers in the Midwest, Burke is extremely polished for a high school quarterback. He has above average arm strength, but is very accurate and has exceptional touch on most passes. He can hit the short to intermediate routes and the deep balls with the same touch. Like a lot of the Midwest quarterbacks is very athletic and does well at avoiding the rush. Very cerebral QB who makes outstanding decisions.

The lack of interest in Ohio's Nate Davis is just baffling. Davis could easily be the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the region. He's big, strong, has an excellent arm and shows tremendous leadership skills. If the bigger schools don't come calling this winter, Davis could be making an immediate impact in the MAC or at Cincinnati.

Chicago's Demetrius Jones is committed to Notre Dame but we've said from Day 1 that he'll end up playing another position, presumably wide receiver for the Irish. Notre Dame is a player again on the recruiting scene and with Brady Quinn being touted for the Heisman Trophy in 2006, that will mean Charlie Weiss will probably be able to lure a top flight signal-caller to South Bend Look for Notre Dame to be a major player in the Jimmy Clausen sweepstakes.

Ohio's Ricky Stanzi possesses a great combination of size and athleticism. He can stand tall in the pocket, yet he is mobile enough to avoid the rush and throw on the run.

Stanzi has above average arm-strength and is very accurate. He does not stand out as far as doing one thing better then everyone else but he is consistent and very good at each phase of the game. If he does not land at a BCS school he could very well be the type of kid who five years from now gets drafted from a MAC school and ends up in the league.

Another Ohioan making noise is Aaron Opelt. Opelt has one of the quickest and most accurate releases in the Midwest. He wastes very little time and or motion on his throws. Surprisingly good arm strength for not taking a lot of time or using a lot of his body behind his throws.

Like Stanzi, Opelt has a very high ceiling. He shows tremendous leadership ability and takes control of the offense. Opelt is also a very good athlete who can beat you with his legs as well as his Arm.

Looking for a couple of sleepers? Kentucky's K.J. Black drew comparisons to Omar Jacobs on the spring combine circuit. Illinois quarterback Brett Morse might not be the most talented quarterback in the Midwest but he could be one of the best all-around football players. Morse is tough; he's a leader and a winner.

Rather than list the players' height, weight, and speed, we have listed the School they are committed to if any. Click on their player page to see more Information including scouting videos and schools of interest.

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Rank Name School/City Commit
1 Isiah Williams (Vocational) Chicago Illinois
2 Arvell Nelson (Glenville) Cleveland, Ohio  
3 Justin Burke (Catholic) Lexington, KY N.C. State
4 Nate Davis (Bellaire) Bellaire, Ohio  
5 Adam Weber (Mounds View) Arden Hills, MN Minnesota
6 Demetrius Jones (Morgan Park) Chicago Notre Dame
7 Jared Funk (St. Viator) Arlington Heights, IL Vanderbilt
8 Will Fidler (Henderson County) Henderson, KY Kentucky
9 Austen Arnaud (Ames) Ames, Iowa Iowa State
10 Alex Loukas (Deerfield) Deerfield, IL  
11 Scott Tolzien (Fremd) Palatine, IL  
12 Ben Chappell (South) Bloomington, IN Indiana
13 Mike Canfield (Everett) Lansing, MI  
14 Aaron Opelt (Fremont) Fremont, Ohio  
15 Ricky Stanzi (Lake Catholic) Mentor, Ohio  
16 Brian Anderson (Male) Louisville, KY Marshall
17 Mike Hartline (Glen Oak) Canton, Ohio  
18 K.J. Black (Fern Creek) Fern Creek, KY  
19 Jake Kranz (Hastings) Hastings, MN  
20 Brett Morse (Central) Hinsdale, IL  

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