SBLive California is previewing the top football teams and players in the state ahead of the 2020-2021 high school football season. Even with the season in doubt, we will continue to highlight the best teams, players and coaches in California.
Here’s a closer look at the Top 20 quarterbacks in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. The rankings were compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette.
The main criteria for our quarterback rankings are statistics from the 2019 and 2018 high school seasons relative to team success (on offense) and strength of schedule. Performances in club football or at camps were not taken into consideration.
Two 2021 Sac-Joaquin quarterbacks have graduated from high school early to begin their college football careers and therefore aren’t eligible to make the list. They are former Oak Ridge quarterback Justin Lamson, who is now at Syracuse University, and former Folsom QB Ari Patu, who enrolled at Stanford.
Here are the Top 20 quarterbacks in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section scheduled to compete if there is a 2020-2021 season.
TOP 20 QUARTERBACKS IN CIF SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION
20. Wyatt Green – Mariposa County – Junior
Green led Mariposa County to a Division 7 championship in 2019 throwing for 1,978 yards, 18 TDs and nine interceptions in 13 games.
19. Aaron Martinez – Le Grand – Junior
In his sophomore season Martinez was sharp, completing 125 of 249 passes for 1,979 yards, 19 TDs and six INTs. He led Le Grand to the Division 7 semifinals, where they fell to Denair 21-14.
18. Aydan Edwards – Vista Del Lago – Senior
Edwards is hoping to have some semblance of a full season to show what he can do. The senior played just five games last season due to injury, but looked impressive. He completed 42 of 84 passes for 552 yards and seven TDs. He didn’t throw an interception. Edwards is committed to the University of Missouri S&T.
17. Ty Uber – Ponderosa – Senior
Last season, Uber completed 76 of 137 passes for 1,130 yards, 12 TDs and seven interceptions. He rushed for 477 yards and eight touchdowns as well. Ponderosa went 5-6 last year, losing in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs to Antelope.
16. Ty Harris – Escalon- Senior
Harris completed 108 of 181 passes for 1,858 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. He helped lead Escalon to a Division 6 Section title and a 4-A state championship in 2019.
15. Logan McCleery – Patterson – Senior
McCleery is a St. Xavier baseball commit. In his junior season, McCleery completed 138 of 270 passes for 2,080 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He rushed for four TDs as well. Patterson went 7-5 a year ago. The Tigers lost in the second round of the Division 4 playoffs to Oakdale 67-21.
14. Caden Duke – Millenium – Senior
Duke is a University of Pacific baseball commit. Last season as a junior, he completed 137 of 271 passes for 2,350 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Duke also rushed for 275 yards and five TDs. Millenium went 3-7 a year ago.
13. Richie Watts – Rocklin – Senior
As a junior, Watts completed 138 of 234 passes for 1,605 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed 55 times for 244 yards and six TDs. Rocklin earned the top seed in the Division 2 playoffs last year following a 7-3 regular season, but the Thunder were upset in the second round 28-26 by Whitney.
12. Cruz Herrera – St. Mary’s – Junior
Herrera transferred from Linden to St. Mary’s in the offseason. Last season, he completed 87 of 164 passes for 1,658 yards, 21 TDs and six interceptions. He also rushed for two touchdowns. We ranked St. Mary’s as a Top 10 team in the Section ahead of the season.
11. Rocklin Baptista – Livingston – Junior
In his sophomore season, Baptista completed 135 of 241 passes for 1,958 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also rushed 61 times for 288 yards and five touchdowns. Livingston went 6-5 last season, falling in the first round of the Division 5 playoffs 41-19 to Rosemont.
10. JT Willis – Lincoln – Senior
As a junior, Willis completed 147 of 270 passes for 1,858 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for three scores. Lincoln went 5-6 last season losing in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs 42-21 to Whitney.
9. Sean Nixon – Sheldon – Senior
Sheldon had a tough season a year ago going 2-8, but Nixon had a solid junior year. He completed 135 of 243 passes for 1,766 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
8. Nicholas Coronado – Kimball – Junior
As a sophomore, Coronado completed 199 of 305 passes for 2,625 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for two TDs. Kimball went 5-6 last season losing in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs to Atwater 50-26.
7. Aiden Meyer – Hughson – Senior
As a junior, Meyer completed 134 of 236 passes for 2,204 yards, 21 TDs and 10 interceptions. He also rushed 120 times for 479 yards and seven TDs. Hughson went 5-7 a year ago and fell in the second round of the Division 6 playoffs 21-6 to eventual champion Escalon.
6. Hayden Abbruzzese – Oakmont – Senior
As a junior, Abbruzzese completed 101 of 197 passes for 1,483 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed 138 times for 528 yards and six TDs. Oakmont made the Division 2 playoffs last season, losing to eventual champion Elk Grove 41-22.
5. Quincy Gallon – Antelope – Senior
Gallon is a true dual-threat quarterback. Last season, he completed 88 of 168 passes for 1,387 yards, 11 TDs and six interceptions. On the ground, he had 75 carries for 334 yards and eight touchdowns. Gallon led Antelope to the Division 3 quarterfinals last season where the Titans fell to top-seeded Capital Christian 27-17.
4. Seth Miguel – Hilmar – Senior
As a junior, Miguel completed 110 of 184 passes for 1,946 yards, 28 TDs and five interceptions. He also rushed 77 times for 511 yards and two touchdowns. Led by Miguel, Hilmar advanced all the way to the Division 6 championship where they fell to eventual champion Escalon 41-27.
3. Luke Carrel – Davis – Senior
Carrel is a UC Davis baseball commit. Last season, he completed 79 of 156 passes for 1,692 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Led by Carrel, Davis made the Division 1 quarterfinals a year ago losing to Inderkum 43-21.
2. Beau Green – Turlock – Junior
Green missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, but impressed enough in a five-game stretch his freshman season to earn an offer from Auburn’s old coaching staff. As a freshman at Downey he completed 65 of 105 passes for 1,021 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Green did not play last season due the shoulder injury, and he’d briefly enrolled at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif. to play this season, but he’s now back at Turlock.
1. Anthony Grigsby Jr. – Cosumnes Oaks – Senior
Grigsby completed 197 of 334 passes for 2,713 yards, 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2019, which makes him the best statistical QB returning in the Section. He also rushed for 360 yards and three touchdowns.
- Jackson Holt – Oakdale – Junior