On the heels of our Top 100, where we listed the best high school football players in Washington, we’re now bringing you position-by-position player rankings.
These are preseason rankings based on last year’s performance and spring and summer observations. We will update the rankings at midseason.
Here’s a look at the Top 11 quarterbacks, as compiled by Scorebook Live Washington reporters Andy Buhler and Todd Milles:
Jellison replaces the highly-productive Tre Long, and reminds some on the coaching staff of a young Jacob Eason (now the UW starter) with his large frame, strong arm and pocket presence.
Big body, dual-threat quarterback with a strong arm.
Earned league offensive POY honors last year as a junior, and will enter his senior season as perhaps the best quarterback in all of 1A football. Has offers from Yale, Columbia, and Georgetown and likely more to come.
Heppner is one of the best multi-faceted athletes in 2A.
Filer is at the controls of one of the top Air Raid offenses in the state. He has weapons everywhere, including the two non-related Clark seniors — Donovan and Jaylen — as well as Jeddiah Hayes and Julien Simon in the receiving corps.
All-state honorable mention as a junior. Threw for 3,838 yards passing on 63.3 percent completion percentage opposite six interceptions and 56 total touchdowns, per MaxPreps.
After waiting two years behind his older brother, Clay Millen gets his turn to run the show. He led the freshman and junior varsity teams to undefeated marks — and has only lost one organized football game since his days in youth leagues.
Blair (2,098 passing yards, 29 TDs last season) has quietly established himself as one of the most accurate passers in the state. This summer, he was the MVP at the Boise State camp.
Gabbert, the GSL’s most powerful pocket passer, might end up becoming an all-state candidate if the Bears’ offense lives up to its lofty billing.
Second-year starter is a Utah State commit and a returning first team all-league selection at quarterback. Last year he threw for 2,750 yards and 26 touchdowns, plus three rushing scores.
Huard (7,573 passing yards, 76 passing touchdowns in two seasons) is easily on pace to not only become just the seventh quarterback in state history to surpass 10,000 passing yards sometime this season, he should also smash Shadle Park standout Brett Rypien’s all-time mark of 13,044 early as a senior.