Perrilloux, Sanchez lead list of Class of 2005's top quarterbacks
Posted: Wednesday October 13, 2004 6:14PM; Updated: Wednesday October 13, 2004 7:37PM
By Jamie Newberg, Scout.com
The national pool of running back and linebacker recruits is both talented and deep this year, but the Class of 2005 is not deep at quarterback. It's just one of those seasons. But there are a couple of superstars at the top, especially Ryan Perrilloux and Mark Sanchez. Let's take a quick look at the top five QBs, according to Scout.com (formerly TheInsiders.com):
1. Ryan Perrilloux
Perrilloux, at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, is from Reserve (La.) East St. John High School. He's nowhere near as polished as Sanchez is at this point, but Perrilloux certainly possesses all the physical tools to be an outstanding quarterback at the next level. He has a big-time arm and super athletic ability. Last season, as a junior, he accounted for more than 3,800 yards of passing and rushing and 51 touchdowns. This season, Perrilloux is on pace to better those numbers. He also has the intangibles you can't measure in the box score, especially when it comes to leadership. He has work to do to excel at the next level. But if his fundamentals improve, he continues to learn about both offenses and reading defenses, and he adjusts to the speed of the college game, the sky's the limit.
Perrilloux is currently committed to Texas, but he told Scout.com recently that he would still visit LSU, FSU and Miami. Watch out for the Tigers. Perrilloux has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American All-Star Game in San Antonio, Texas, in January.
2. Mark Sanchez
Sanchez, at 6-2 and 215 pounds, is from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School. Without question, he's the most polished quarterback in the nation among this class. Sanchez has been extremely well-coached. He has great mechanics and footwork, possesses a very good arm and has all the passes in his arsenal. He makes great decisions with the ball and is very accurate. Sanchez threw for 2,600 yards, 29 touchdowns, and only four interceptions as a junior and had a 75 percent completion rate. Sanchez is off to a very good start in '05. He has committed to USC and the (Norm) Chow-Sanchez marriage at Troy could be a very memorable one. Sanchez has also been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American All-Star Game in San Antonio, Texas in January.
3. Antonio Bass
Bass, at 6-2 and 195 pounds, is from Jackson (Miss.) High School. It's a shame Scout.com doesn't have an athlete category, because Bass would be near the top of the list. This kid is a special talent with so much ability. Bass has great speed and super quickness. He is at his best when things break down in the pocket and he has to make a play with his legs or arm. Bass is deadly in the open field because of his superior elusiveness, vision and anticipation. He can make you miss, blow right by you and will surprise you with his deceptive power. He has good arm strength and is a pretty accurate passer.
In the right system, Bass could excel at the quarterback position. He would also make a great wide receiver prospect. What position he plays at the next level will certainly depend on what offensive system he chooses to play in. Michigan and Virginia Tech are his co-leaders, and if he picks the Wolverines, he'll play another position. If he chooses VT he'll have a great shot at playing quarterback.
4. Jonathan Crompton
Crompton, at 6-4 and 219 pounds, is a talented quarterback from Waynesville (N.C.) Tuscola High School. He has committed to Tennessee but there has been some talk of Crompton opening things back up because of the stellar play of the Tennessee's two true freshmen, Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer. My guess is that Crompton sticks with the Vols, because there's competition everywhere. And he should certainly perform well in Knoxville because he fits Tennessee's style. Crompton is your classic drop-back passer who possesses an accurate arm. He's smart and makes good decisions with the football. Last season, as a junior, he threw for over 2,300 yards, 23 touchdown passes and only five interceptions.
5. Greg Paulus
Paulus, at 6-2 and 185 pounds, is a two-sport star from Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy. The shame of it all is that we may never know how good he can become in football ... because he may be a better basketball player. Paulus is one of the nation's top point guards and has committed to play hoops at Duke for Coach K. It's not official yet, but the chances are very remote that he'll ever play college football. Paulus does on the gridiron what he goes on the hardwood -- distribute the ball and win. He possesses extraordinary leadership skills and has the great ability to manage the game and his offense. Last season, as a junior, he threw for more than 2,800 yards and 29 touchdown passes. In basketball, he averaged 23.5 points and nine assists. Paulus is currently ranked the No. 3 point guard in America, according to Scout.com's Dave Telep.
Paulus has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American All-Star Game in San Antonio, Texas in January.