Roundtable Discussion – Top Quarterbacks In Texas

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There is no denying the amount of talent that comes out of Texas for high school football. As we make our way through the offseason, the editorial staff at TexasHSFootball came up with a list of 10 quarterbacks that we’ll be keeping a close eye on as some of the best in the state entering the 2017 season. Note: This list is not in any particular order.

CHANCE AMIE, TYLER LEE – We don’t really know what Amie is capable of, at least not until Tyler Lee starts winning some more games anyways. He’s a talented young man, that’s for sure, and if he gets a defense he could become lethal.

CEDARIOUS BARFIELD, EL PASO EL DORADO- The dual-threat quarterback is starting to turn some heads outside of the El Paso area. He’s a dynamic athlete who not only is fast and agile, but has also shown a lot of improvement as a passer. He accounted for more than 4,600 yards and 55 touchdowns in 2016, and will be leaned on again heading into his senior season. 

JAYLEN MAYDEN, SACHSE – Mayden inherits an absolutely stacked team at Sachse, one that might be able to bring the Mustangs all the way. He’s no slouch by himself, either, but his team will make some highlight reel plays that make Mayden seem superhuman this fall.

ANDREW FERNANDEZ, EL PASO MONTWOOD- Another dynamic playmaker from El Paso, Fernandez showed off a big arm and some escapability in his first year as a varsity starter. He accounted for almost 4,000 yards of offense and 34 touchdowns in his junior year. He’ll lead a Montwood team that should be very good again in 2017.

SPENCER SANDERS, DENTON RYAN – There’s not much that we can say about Spencer Sanders that hasn’t already been said. He’s fast, he can run around you, he can run over you, and he can throw it well. His return will prove absolutely crucial for the Raiders’ title hopes, as they were dashed the second he got injured last year.

QUA GRAY, LUBBOCK CORONADO- Staying inWest Texas, Qua Gray excelled in Seth Parr’s system, throwing for more than 3,800 yards and 49 touchdowns. He has a good arm and becoming a more accurate passer. As he continues to work to get better, he’ll be a key part of the Mustangs’ offense as they try to make another run like they did last year.

CLAYTON TUNE, HEBRON – I’m sticking in the DFW area with my next one. Clayton Tune had a great year that sort of flew under the radar. He won’t be on the outside looking in for long, Hebron returns some guys that could put up monster numbers with Tune giving them the rock.

TANNER MORDECAI, WACO MIDWAY- The offensive MVP in District 8-6A last year, Mordecai has flashed tons of potential with his legs and his arm. He shows a tremendous amount of poise and he’ll be leaned on for his senior season as the Panthers look to get back to the playoffs again in 2017.

CAM ARNOLD, CY-FAIR – I’m digging deep for this one, but I really think that Cam Arnold has a chance to break out this year. The ‘Cats only lost three games in 2016, and they were to schools with a combined record of 37-4. They’ll lose some, but they’ll return enough weapons for Arnold to make a splash.

JAELYN NOLAN, BROWNFIELD- A torn ACL cut short was a very promising junior season from the dual-threat quarterback. Before his injury, Nolan was on pace to match the 3,569 yards of total offense from his sophomore season. He may not get as much attention coming from a smaller school, but this under-the-radar talent should be able to come back healthy for a big senior year.


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