Rivals QB Week: Which 2018 QB could earn a fifth star?
Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell and National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney don’t always see eye to eye. In this edition of Rival Views for QB Week, the two debate about which 2018 quarterback could earn that coveted fifth star by the end of the rankings cycle.
FARRELL'S VIEW: DORIAN THOMPSON-ROBINSON
This is a tough question because there aren’t too many guys knocking on the door right now. After Emory Jones, our No. 17 overall prospect for 2018, the next closest quarterback to that fifth star is Dorian Thompson-Robinson at No. 43. Of course all of that could change with our rankings release next week, but there just aren’t a lot of guys pushing. While guys like Justin Rogers, Tanner McKee and some others can make a push, I’ll go with Thompson-Robinson because he will be entering his first year as a starter this season.
Playing behind Tate Martell, who was amazing at Bishop Gorman, Thompson-Robinson has thrown for only four touchdowns over the last two seasons. However, now that he’s the go-to-guy, he could show us that we have him underrated mainly because of the small sample size. He has okay size as he continues to fill out his frame, he’s an athletic kid and he can make all the throws. If he has a stellar season for a loaded team against a very tough schedule and finishes things off with a great all-star performance, he’s a guy I could see sliding up there.
I’m inclined to say McKee, but the lack of success that quarterbacks who have taken LDS missions after high school scares me a bit so I’ll go with Thompson-Robinson.
GORNEY'S VIEW: JOE MILTON
This pick might be a little outside the box because Joe Milton still has a lot of fundamental tools to perfect, but if he starts showing that tremendous upside and refining some parts of his game, I could see an argument being made for five-star consideration.
There might not be a quarterback in this class as physically gifted as Milton, who at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds could be special if he takes to the coaching during his time at Michigan.
I remember seeing Milton at a 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas this past spring and he has a huge arm, he moves really well for his size and there is just something special about the way he plays the position. At that time, he still threw every pass as hard as he could and it’s clear he needs to learn a lot about playing quarterback at the highest level.
But from a physical perspective, and someone who has the most upside in this class, Milton has all the tools to be a future first-round draft pick. I still think Dorian Thompson-Robinson could be poised for a huge season and TCU commit Justin Rogers is as smooth as they come, so those are two others to watch.