Highest Ranked QB: Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State)
Man, talk about unnecessarily turbulent careers. Pryor was a two-sport athlete in high school, winning Pennsylvania state championships in both basketball and football, and initially committed to Pitt to play hoops. But Pryor would end up stretching out his decision far past national signing day, eventually committing to Ohio State on March 19, 2009. At OSU, Pryor quickly became The Man, and yes, the capital T and capital M was a deliberate choice. Pryor went 8-1 as a starter in his freshman campaign, with his only loss coming against Penn State. OSU also lost to Texas in the Fiesta Bowl that year, but Todd Boeckman started that game. Hey, they don't call him Big Game Boeckman... that's it. That's the end of the sentence.
Pryor's college career was the stuff of fantasy, as he led Ohio State to victories in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl in his sophomore and junior years, respectively, including being named MVP in both games. The Sugar Bowl victory came in light of the NCAA's decision to suspend Pryor and some of his teammates for the first five games of the 2011 season for having the audacity to sell their own memorabilia. Making money is illegal, after all. Right?
Accusations of Pryor receiving "improper benefits" continued to pile up before the 2011 season even began, so instead of dealing with the arcane rules of the NCAA, he did what anybody who ran a 4.33 40-yard dash time would do: he declared for the NFL's Supplemental Draft! Well, maybe not everybody would do that, but he missed the window to declare for the big boy draft, and as punishment, he was drafted by the Raiders. His first two seasons in Oakland were quiet, as he didn't see much playing time. 2013 was different, however, as he won the starting job and performed quite... um, poorly. At least when it came to passing the ball, since he literally threw two interceptions for every touchdown. When it came to running the ball, however, he was lightning, rushing 83 times for 576 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, he is still a quarterback, a position that relies heavily on a talented arm. Pryor is currently a free agent after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks in August.
Highest Ranked QB: Matt Barkley (Southern California)
I feel like I could just write down "USC quarterback" and everybody would be able to predict, with at least 80% accuracy, how Matt Barkley's career went. Much like Matt Leinart, Barkley had an amazing career through three years at USC, but made the fatal error of returning for his senior season due to "unfinished business". He lead the team to one of the worst records they had in years, ultimately separating his shoulder and ending his season. Don't worry, it was Lane Kiffin's fault.
Barkley, who was projected to be the #1 pick in the NFL draft at the beginning of his 2012 campaign, was eventually drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he gets to exchange hilarious Pete Carroll stories with Mark Sanchez, mixed with bouts of uncontrollable crying. You can't go back to college, boys.
Highest Ranked QB: Jake Heaps (BYU)
Wow. This was a TERRIBLE class for quarterbacks. I thought I had misread the Rivals 100 list from this year, but the highest ranked QB, coming in at #63, was indeed Jake Heaps. ESPNU's top 300 had Phillip Sims ranked at #32, but I'm not basing this article on their list, so they can take a hike.
Right, Jake Heaps. Heaps is actually still a fifth-year senior at the University of Miami (FL), but has thrown 12 total passes this whole season. How did this happen? Well, he got outplayed. After completing November and December of his true freshman season with a 13-2 TD-INT ratio, and being named MVP of the New Mexico Bowl, Heaps collapsed in his sophomore season. Heaps was eventually getting benched in the game against Utah State after throwing three touchdowns and five interceptions in the first five games, and didn't complete a pass further than 37 yards. He then decided it would be a great idea to transfer to play for Charlie Weis at Kansas, and I don't think I need to tell anybody how that went. It went the same way Kansas football in general has gone for its entire history. So Heaps transferred one more time, now to Miami, to finish his career on the beautiful beaches, surrounded by beautiful people, and what I can only presume is some beautiful cocaine.
Highest Ranked QB: Jeff Driskel (Florida)
If you've watched Jeff Driskel at all during the past couple of years, you wonder how he was ever the starting quarterback of an 11-2 team, or even managed to throw more touchdowns than interceptions. True, Driskel was never lauded for his arm strength, but if your quarterback finished said 11-2 season with a 12-5 TD-INT ratio, you have to wonder if you can even call him a quarterback. When Jeff Driskel throws as many passes as most quarterbacks do, bad things happen. Interception-y bad things happen. Driskel isn't even that talented of a runner since returning from a broken leg, averaging just three yards per carry over the course of his career. You guys... I think Jeff Driskel is a bust.
Highest Ranked QB: Jameis Winston (Florida State)
I have nothing to say about this, so I'm just going to post this video of every time people laughed (including the state's attorney) during the press conference announcing Winston would not be charged with rape.
Highest Ranked QB: Max Browne (USC)
The jury's still out on Browne as he patiently waits for Cody Kessler to stop being insanely great at playing quarterback, but he currently sits as number two on the depth chart. Browne won the Hall Trophy for most outstanding player in all of high school football in 2012, and there's a lot of high schools out there, so he must be pretty good, right?
Highest Ranked QB: Kyle Allen (Texas A&M)
Allen narrowly lost the starting job to Kenny Hill earlier this year, but when Hill went down, Allen stepped up. He had already performed quite well in relief of Hill, but burst onto the scene in the Auburn game, upsetting the Tigers with a four-touchdown performance that really helped relieve the sting of losing the next two games he started. Allen is looking fantastic for a true frosh, and if he continues to build at a natural progression, I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the Heisman shortlist for 2017.