Texas Longhorns: Tom Luginbill
RecruitingNation's Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert take you inside the process:
ESPN Senior Recruiting Analyst Tom Luginbill explains the national vs regional approach to recruiting for ESPN Recruiting, and why the positional approach is the best method.
Luginbill explains the timing process for the release of the ESPN 150 rankings, and when ESPN Recruiting will begin to have two recruiting rankings active at the same time.
Luginbill gives you a look at how ESPN Recruiting evaluates players, and what kind of resources they have at their disposal.
The ESPN HS Great State Debate continues. When comparing current pros, what state has bred the best? Brady and Rodgers are California boys. 5,000-plus passers Brees and Stafford hail from Texas. Time to discuss.
Top current NFL quarterbacks from Texas: Drew Brees (Austin Westlake); Andy Dalton (Katy); Matt Flynn (Tyler Lee); Kevin Kolb (Stephenville); Colt McCoy (Jim Ned); Christian Ponder (Colleyville Heritage); John Skelton (El Paso Burges), Matthew Stafford (Highland Park); Vince Young (Houston Madison).
Also part of today's package, Tom Luginbill looks at the spread of the spread offense and how spread quarterbacks have not fared well in the NFL.
Here's a sample:
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, with smart signal-callers who win by throwing the ball accurately and on time. But at the college and high school levels, there's more of a willingness to accept a less-than-ideal passer who is an extraordinary athlete.
Prior to the explosion of the spread offense in the past 10-15 years, the core foundation of the quarterback position was learning to play under center. You dropped back from under center, read coverages from under center, made pre-snap assessments from under center. Everything you learned was about footwork, timing and reading defenses on the move.
Now, almost all you see in high school and college is the spread formation, so quarterbacks lack repetitions under center, which has led to a lack of fundamentals at the position. Every year I go out to camps and combines and see kids with multiple BCS offers who struggle to take a five-step drop, hit their fifth step and get the ball out. It can be staggering how many can't do it.
The reason for this is that from a coach's perspective, your mindset is to force defenses to have to defend your quarterback's ability to run. You implement some option principles into that mentality and it really puts a lot of strain on the defense. In high school, coaches take their best player and put him in the Wildcat formation, and if he has any promise as a passer he is going to get a long look from college coaches.
ESPN HS presents the Great State Debate looking at where the best quarterbacks are grown.
For this Great State Debate, ESPNHS has narrowed the field to the final five, researched the numbers and made a case for each state, but this is a debate nobody can argue better than the football fans who hail from the homes of the sport's greatest quarterbacks.
Texas joins Alabama, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the debate.
Why will Texas win?
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BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State