Nation's best quarterbacks

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It took five years from the time Urban Meyer moved from Utah to Florida but the college and high school games have changed to the point where a majority of the nation's leading quarterbacks have switched from the pro-style and are operating out of spread and shotgun formations, running and throwing as Meyer did with Tim Tebow.

The nation's No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2011 is 6-2, 195-pound Braxton Miller of Huber Heights, Ohio. He is a great athlete with 4.47 speed. He is big and faster but not as athletic as Terrelle Pryor. He also has a great arm. I predict he will commit to Ohio State and be groomed as Pryor's successor.

After Miller, the next best could be 6-2, 195-pound Kiehl Frazier of Springdale, Ark., and 6-5, 200-pound Bubba Starling of Gardner, Kan.

Frazier can run and throw. Auburn, Oklahoma and Notre Dame are interested.

Starling is a Joe Maurer-type athlete. He throws a 95 mph fastball, hits .600, pitches and plays center field and could be a first-round pick in the upcoming major league draft. Notre Dame, Kansas and Kansas State have offered. But could he opt for baseball?

Christian Lemay, a 6-3, 200-pounder from Charlotte, N.C., could be best of all. Lastseason, he threw for 4,000 yards and 44 touchdowns and only was intercepted twice.

The best QB in Florida is 6-4, 225-pound Jeff Driskel of Ovido, who is committed to Florida. He also is an outstanding baseball prospect. He demonstrated the best arm of any quarterback at the San Antonio combine in January.

Brett Hundley, a 6-4, 215-pounder from Chandler, Ariz., accounted for more then 3,000 yards passing and running last season. He is big, can run and has a good arm.

USC has offered Cody Kessler, a 6-2, 225-pounder from Bakersfield, Calif. He is a pro-style quarterback who looks like a linebacker. He resembles a pumped-up Tim Tebow.

In my view, Kessler is better than 6-4, 200-pound Max Wittek of Santa Ana, Calif., who has committed to USC. He also is a pro-style quarterback.

Several SEC and ACC schools have offered 6-4, 200-pound Kevin Hogan of Washington, D.C., who is a nephew of former Notre Dame quarterback Coley O'Brien. He is tall with a whip-like arm.

Teddy Bridgewater of Miami, Fla., a 6-3, 190-pounder, and 6-3, 215-pound Marquise Williams of Charlotte, N.C., who threw for 40 touchdowns last year, are two other gifted prospects.

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