SB Live California player rankings: The Top 10 QBs in Southern California high school football

On the heels of our Top 100, where we ranked the best high school football players in Southern California, we’re now bringing you position-by-position rankings. The rankings encompass the Southern Section, L.A. City Section and San Diego Section.

These are preseason rankings based on last year’s performance and spring and summer observations. We will update the rankings at midseason.

More rankings: Top QBs | Top RBs | Top WRs | Top DBs

Here’s a look at the Top 10 Quarterbacks:

1. D.J. Uiagalelei, senior, St. John Bosco

Uiagalelei threw for 3,366 yards and 48 touchdowns last season as a junior. Now, the Clemson commit is the No. 1 player in the entire senior class per Rivals. This year, Uiagalelei has an opportunity to contend for the status of the best player in the country.

Bryce Young, Mater Dei quarterback

2. Bryce Young, senior, Mater Dei

After throwing for 3,846 yards and 39 touchdowns last year, Young “has the keys to the race car” more than ever, says Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson. Young and Uiagalelei are friends off the field, despite playing at rival schools. This year they once again have to go through each other to win league, division, and state titles. 247 lists the USC commit as a 5-star prospect.

3. Jake Garcia, junior, Narbonne

247 ranks Garcia as a 5-star recruit and the 14th best junior prospect in the country. Last season he threw for 2,130 yards in only seven games on a freakish 75.7 completion percentage. He’s received offers from Alabama, Auburn, and USC, among 20 others.

4. Ethan Garbers, senior, Corona del Mar

Washington commit Garbers threw for 491 yards and 8 touchdowns in CDM’s season-opening win. That shouldn’t really surprise anyone as he threw for 4,135 yards and 55 touchdowns last season.

5. Shane Illingworth, senior, Norco

Speaking of mind-numbing performances at QB, Illingworth threw for 479 yards and 7 touchdowns in Norco’s season-opening win. Both were school records for the Oklahoma State commit.

6. Jaden Casey, senior, Calabasas

Casey, a 3-star recruit, received 21 offers before eventually deciding on Fresno State. As a junior, he threw for 3,151 yards and 38 touchdowns, with a superb QB rating of 117.6.

7. Miller Moss, junior, Bishop Alemany

Moss and Alemany (2-0) are off to a great start in 2019. Through two games, the Warriors have outscored their opponents 117-52. Moss, a 4-star recruit, already has 576 passing yards, 7 passing touchdowns, and a QB rating of 145.5. Moss has received offers from Alabama, Cal, Georgia, Michigan, UCLA and many more. 

8. CJ Stroud, senior, Rancho Cucamonga

Stroud, a 4-star recruit, threw for 381 yards and 5 touchdowns in his first game of 2019. He’s currently deciding between upwards of 14 schools, including Baylor, Cal, and Oregon.

9. Luca Diamont, senior, Venice

The 3-star recruit had a monster 2018 season for Venice and is committed to Duke. He threw for 2,560 yards and 26 touchdowns last year, and added 729 rushing yards.

10. Tyler Buchner, junior, Bishop’s

Buchner missed last season with a torn ACL. But the 4-star recruit and Notre Dame commit is just getting started. He threw for 212 yards in his first complete game since his sophomore year, and will likely put up big numbers once he gets comfortable. 

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