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Will 2023 QB class go down as finest in Rivals historical past?


As most individuals that comply with the NFL Draft know, quarterbacks usually get drafted sooner than projections as a result of demand for not simply an elite quarterback but in addition for a serviceable one is so excessive. This yr’s crop of elite sign callers seems to be among the best, and never simply in recent times however maybe in Rivals’ historical past.

Within the recruiting world, the 2018, 2021 and 2007 lessons of quarterbacks are the requirements that every one others are in contrast in opposition to. Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields went 1-2 on the high of the 2018 Rivals250, whereas Quinn Ewers and Caleb Williams led the way in which within the 2021 Rivals250 at Nos. 1 and 6, respectively. The 2007 class was headlined by Jimmy Clausen, Ryan Mallett, Tyrod Taylor and Cam Newton.

The 2023 class of quarterbacks ought to already be thought of among the best and deepest of all time.

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RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK

Sunday: Who should be No. 1?

Monday: Five-Star Countdown | Should Branch be the No. 1 WR? | Who will be the next five-star?

Tuesday: New Rivals250 | Biggest Movers | Gorney goes position-by-position

Wednesday: Offensive position rankings released | Teams that should be pleased | QB rankings spotlight | RB rankings spotlight | WR/TE rankings spotlight | OL rankings spotlight

Thursday: Defensive position rankings released | D-Line rankings spotlight | Linebacker rankings spotlight | DB rankings spotlight | ATH rankings spotlight

Friday: State rankings launched | Who’s on cusp of four-star rating?

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1. The 2023 class options probably the most high 70 QBs in Rivals period. 

Dante Moore (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

With Arch Manning, Dante Moore, Nico Iamaleava, Malachi Nelson, Jackson Arnold, Christopher Vizzina, Jaden Rashada, Austin Novosad and JJ Kohl within the high 70 of the Rivals250, the 2023 class has extra extremely ranked quarterbacks than any class in historical past.

“That is all projection and it is troublesome to say that that is probably the perfect class ever at Rivals as a result of they’re simply beginning their senior seasons,” stated Rivals Nationwide Recruiting Director Adam Gorney. “Particularly with guys like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, who definitely have backed up the rankings and at the moment are NFL starters. Then there’s the 2021 class with Quinn Ewers, who seems like he is about to interrupt out at Texas, and USC‘s Caleb Williams, who might probably be one of many first quarterbacks taken within the draft after this yr.”

That stated, Gorney will not deny that the depth of the 2023 class is spectacular.

“While you take a look at the totality of this class, there’s high-end expertise with out query, with Arch Manning, Dante Moore, Nico Iamaleava and Malachi Nelson all offering various things and specialties,” Gorney stated. “Then there’s additionally an amazing quantity of depth. I believe Jackson Arnold is a man who’s a possible five-star quarterback. JJ Kohl was very shocking on the Elite 11, not solely together with his dimension however his capacity to maneuver and throw the ball.

“Austin Novosad isn’t a man who’s stuffed out bodily but, however down the road at Baylor could possibly be very, very particular. Regardless that they do not have the identify recognition, or the school or NFL success of those different guys in earlier years, I do not suppose there’s any query that it is a very, very high-level quarterback class. Will all of them venture? No. Have we missed on guys earlier than? Completely. However once you’re trying down the road on the high guys – plus that depth on the place – I believe it is a actually particular yr.”

Courses with probably the most high 70 Rivals250 QBs

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2. QBs dominate general high 10 in 2023. 

Nico Iamaleava

Nico Iamaleava (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

The 2023 class grew to become the second member of two very unique golf equipment with this rankings replace. It’s only the second class (together with 2021) to have 4 quarterbacks inside the highest 10 of the Rivals250. Additionally, it’s the second class (together with 2018) to have three quarterbacks within the high 5 of the Rivals250.

How does the group of Arch Manning, Dante Moore, Nico Iamaleava and Malachi Nelson stack up in opposition to the likes of Quinn Ewers, Caleb Williams, Brock Vandagriff and Ty Thompson? Or the highest three in 2023 in comparison with Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and JT Daniels?

“We clearly knew Trevor Lawrence was a really proficient man, and Justin Fields was proper there pushing for that No. 1 spot as nicely, however they weren’t essentially Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Clemson and Ohio State success whereas they have been in highschool,” Gorney stated. “I do do not forget that Lawrence did not have all that nice of per week on the Military Bowl and nonetheless we have been satisfied he was the perfect participant with the perfect projection into faculty and the NFL Draft. I do not suppose we’re almost that satisfied with Arch Manning at No. 1.

“There may be completely a chance for others to maneuver into that spot by the senior season and all-star video games. One of many good issues about having a lot high quality and a lot amount on this class is that we’re probably not locked into anybody at No. 1, but when I needed to guess it would not be a quarterback in that place.”

Courses with probably the most top-10 Rivals250 QBs

Courses with probably the most top-5 Rivals250 QBs

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3. The 2023 QB class stacks up because the deepest within the Rivals period. 

Jackson Arnold

Jackson Arnold (Rivals.com)

The sheer quantity of high-end quarterbacks on this class is obvious when trying on the prospects which can be nonetheless in pursuit of their fifth star. Jackson Arnold and Christopher Vizzina have traits that might simply push them even larger within the Rivals250. Jaden Rashada, Austin Novosad and JJ Kohl convey quite a lot of expertise and completely different ability units to the sphere, however every of them tasks as high-caliber starters on the subsequent stage.

“Trying again at that 2021 class, there’s a lot to nonetheless be decided,” Gorney stated. “Caleb Williams has panned out. Quinn Ewers is a projected starter at Texas, however hasn’t carried out a lot but and has already transferred. Ty Thompson is type of ready his flip. Brock Vandagriff can also be ready his activate a staff that simply gained the nationwide championship with a returning quarterback.

“5-star quarterbacks aren’t guys which have to right away step in and have an effect in faculty, however they’re guys that needs to be in that blend after which be projected as first-round draft picks. Personally, I believe the 4 that we’ve got in 2023 are way more superior on the identical stage than the 2021 class. On the identical stage, 2023 is shaping as much as be higher than 2021, however that additionally may be a mirrored image of these guys not panning out or not doing a lot in faculty but.”

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