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Ask Farrell: What state produces the best QBs?

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There is no major surprise that Florida, California and Texas are the Big Three when it comes to producing NFL players and it’s not a shock that Georgia was easily fourth on the list.

One thing that is slightly surprising, though, is just how impressive the list of quarterbacks have been from the state of Texas - and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

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California has always been recognized as the state that produces elite quarterbacks, but one look at the names out of Texas and that narrative could be changing quickly.

Here’s are the NFL QBs from the Lone Star State: Jarrett Stidham, Robert Griffin III, Andy Dalton, Baker Mayfield, Nick Foles, Ryan Tannehill, Patrick Mahomes, Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees and Kyler Murray.

That is an impression representation of not only some of the best veterans in the game but also some of the up-and-coming superstars in the NFL. And those are only the big names as many others are in backup roles.

Let’s not forget the next group of players as well as Jalen Hurts, Sam Ehlinger, Shane Buechele, and some would argue Kellen Mond should be considered among Texas prospects.

In the 2020 class, Texas A&M commit Haynes King and Texas pledge Hudson Card are two of the top-four dual-threat quarterbacks, so there’s a chance they will be elite in the coming years.


We ask Rivals National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell whether Texas is now the best state to recruit the quarterback position or if he still thinks it’s California or maybe even Georgia.

“Texas has done a great job of producing quarterbacks when you consider guys like Brees, Mahomes and others having success in the NFL and they’ve replaced California as the place to find quarterbacks recently. Georgia has some amazing talent like Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Jake Fromm and California still produces talent at the position but give me Texas by far lately. And the next wave is coming led by Card and others.”