Comparing top QB recruits to current college stars

Justin Fields could be college football's next Deshaun Watson. Tom Hauck for Student Sports

Whether it's measurables, style, tenacity or simple body movements, there can be a multitude of reasons one player might look an awful lot like another. If you've read our player evaluations, you know we often try to make these comparisons to give readers an idea of what prospects might look like at the next level. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the top quarterbacks in the 2018 class, and recognizable college quarterbacks to whom they compare favorably.

Trevor Lawrence (Cartersville, Georgia)

No. 1 QB-PP

Committed to Clemson

Compares to: Sam Darnold/USC

Like Darnold, Lawrence has a rifle arm to accompany his big frame and sneaky athleticism outside the pocket. Both have all the physical tools coveted in a dropback passer, but their similar poise and mental makeup are not to be overshadowed. Lawrence is, however, ahead of Darnold in terms of meaningful game experience at the high school level.

Justin Fields (Kennesaw, Georgia/Harrison)

No. 1 QB-DT

Committed to Penn State

Compares to: Deondre Francois, FSU

Deshaun Watson might be a closer comparison, but Francois works well, too. Francois and Field both have quick deliveries, and the ball jumps off their hands with juice and accuracy. Both are savvy, with Fields being the better athlete at this same stage.

Jacob Sirmon (Bothell, Washington)

No. 2 QB-PP

Committed to Washington

Compares to: Jacob Eason, Georgia

Both are Washington natives and possess prototypical size and height for pocket passers. They have polished mechanics with a compact delivery and equally impressive velocity and accuracy on their deep balls.

Emory Jones (Franklin, Georgia/Heard County)

No. 2 QB-DT

Committed to Ohio State

Compares to: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Perhaps Jones is not as fast and dynamic as last year year’s Heisman Trophy winner, but he is plenty explosive and a big-play threat in the open field. Both have live arms and can make the throws when settled, but their athleticism and ability to improvise when the original play breaks down is most appealing.

Adrian Martinez (Fresno, California/Clovis West)

No. 3 PP

Committed to Tennessee

Compares to: Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

Both QBs are passers first but athletic enough to make plays outside of the pocket and hurt you with their legs or ability to throw accurately on the run. Like Stidham, Martinez is a cool customer who drives the ball into tight windows when needed or can throw with touch and timing.