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Quarterbacks – Class of 2003

I always find it interesting to look back at old recruiting rankings and see how right or wrong the rankings turned out to be based on collegiate performance. The oldest Phil Steele preview magazine I have is the 2003 edition. Let’s take a look back at his top-15 QBs for the 2003 class. This of course would be the players who would have been seniors in 2006 if they played all 4 years without a redshirt.

Quarterbacks – Class of 2003

1. Kyle Wright – Miami (FL)
2. Chris Leak – Florida
3. Michael Bush – Louisville
4. JaMarcus Russell – LSU
5. Robert Lane – Mississippi
6. Tommy Grady – Oklahoma
7. Syvelle Newton – South Carolina
8. Clayton Richard – Michigan
9. Tom Zbikowski – Notre Dame
10. Dennis Dixon – Oregon
11. Marcus Stone – NC State
12. Brady Quinn – Notre Dame
13. Johnny DuRocher – Oregon
14. Justin Midgett – Florida
15. Blake Mitchell – South Carolina

It’s an interesting list. Zbikowski, Lane & Bush didn’t play QB in college. Dixon & Richard had baseball careers. Richard’s still pitching, but Dixon is now the 3rd string QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers. To be honest, it’s a pretty thing group of quarterbacks. I won’t go into any heavy analysis right now.

Another interesting thing about Steele’s top QBs? He only listed his top-49 quarterbacks for the 2003 class, but do you know who was #49?

Joe Flacco. Flacco originally signed with Pittsburgh but then tranferred to Delaware. Flacco of course let the Baltimore Ravens to the playoffs last season as a rookie and he’s a win against the Raiders from getting to the playoffs for 2 consecutive years in his first two years in the NFL. Interestingly enough, Zbikowski also plays for the Ravens.

Pretty cool eh?


December 31, 2009 - Posted by | Recruiting

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