Top high school QB recruits: How the nation’s elite prospects fared over the weekend
Top high school QB recruits: How the nation’s elite prospects fared over the weekend
Happy Monday and welcome back to another edition of The Athletic’s prep quarterback report. Each week, we take a look at how the nation’s top QBs fared on Friday (or Saturday) night, as well as highlight one more memorable performance. This week was all about Arch Manning, the Texas commit who continues to shine during his senior season at New Orleans Isidore Newman.
Newman traveled to Class 4A Pearl River on Friday night, and the Greenies quickly jumped out to a 31-0 lead in the first quarter on what became a special night for Manning.
Peyton and Eli’s nephew made history, with Arch breaking Peyton’s record at Newman for career passing touchdowns and Eli’s record for career passing yards. Tied at 93 touchdowns with Peyton, Arch needed just one to take sole possession of the record. He was only 110 yards behind Eli, who finished his Newman career with 7,268 passing yards.
By the end of the night, Arch had completed 18 of 29 passes for 357 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
“He was in control for most of the game. I was proud of his decision-making and especially in a game where we jumped out early,” Newman offensive coordinator Logan Kilgore said. “Any time you throw for seven touchdowns, you’ve got to look at the pieces around him, and it was a great job by the wide receivers and offensive line and running backs protecting. But obviously Arch standing in there and delivering the football. He played really well.”
Kilgore said he and Manning chatted over the past couple of weeks and that Manning was certainly aware of the possibility he’d break his uncles’ records. But he kept his focus throughout practice and downplayed the attention that certainly flooded in Friday night. Manning also set a single-game Newman record for passing touchdowns.
“Nobody had ever thrown seven before in a game at Newman,” Kilgore said. “It was a pretty special night.”
But how many of those passing yards did he throw from under center? I had 7,000! https://t.co/6xS0pUiwRE
Five-star USC commit Malachi Nelson returned from an idle week to lead Los Alamitos to a 61-21 win over Newport Harbor.
Once again, Nelson’s connection with close friend and fellow USC commit Makai Lemon was on full display. This throw-and-catch combo was a highlight:
2 plays earlier, Malachi Nelson hit Mekai Lemon for a 40-yard first down. USC football fans, get used to this. pic.twitter.com/UlrHmzXXIA
Nelson finished the game 14-of-20 for 249 yards, three touchdowns and an additional rushing touchdown, according to The OC Register. He even took to social media to share his midseason highlights:
Following Los Alamitos’ victory, Cunningham visited USC on Saturday night for the Trojans’ matchup against .
Nico Iamaleava hadn’t played in a couple of weeks, due to an idle week and a cut to his earlobe the previous week that required stitches and sidelined him for a game.
But the five-star Tennessee commit was back at it Friday night with his Warren team, which crushed Mayfair 54-7.
With Tennessee coach Josh Heupel on hand, Iamaleava shined for the Bears by throwing five touchdown passes.
Iamaleava continues to show off his arm strength, especially while on the move, and he threw three touchdowns on his first three pass attempts, according to On3.com.
Detroit King is on a four-game winning streak, and Oregon commit Dante Moore again looked the part of a five-star prospect Friday night against Detroit Renaissance.
The Crusaders beat Renaissance 38-0 on a night when Moore went 13-of-15 passing for 176 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to Jameel Croft Jr., a three-star wide receiver/cornerback who has offers from Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas, Indiana, , West Virginia and others.
These two connected twice yesterday!Here’s the first Dante Moore to Jameel Croft Jr TD! pic.twitter.com/seNGw4qeXz
could have used five-star commit Jackson Arnold on Saturday, after starting quarterback exited the game in the second quarter following a hard hit by Horned Frogs linebacker . OU coach Brent Venables told reporters after the game that Gabriel is in concussion protocol for the Sooners, who lost big to TCU, 55-24.
Arnold, on the other hand, led his team to yet another victory — this time a 56-7 win against McKinney Boyd — as Guyer stayed undefeated at 6-0.
Arnold might not be the biggest quarterback in this class — he’s listed at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds — but he’s a gutsy player with a big arm, as he showed again Saturday night. He went 12-of-22 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Oklahoma commit Jackson Arnold with a 35-yard TD pass. pic.twitter.com/gNBhALAh12
Guyer offensive coordinator said last month that a large part of Arnold’s success is his mastery of the offense and his ability to pick up a system quickly. That should bode well for him with the Sooners, who are likely as eager as ever to get him on campus after dropping a second consecutive game Saturday.
“He learns quick and he does his job studying,” Johnson said. “I don’t think there’s necessarily a time when I felt like it clicked for him just because I think that he’s done a really good job preparing the whole time I’ve been coaching him. So I would say what’s changed and what he’s gotten better at, is just, he’s always been comfortable in the pocket, but … it’s another level now.”
It was a big night for Clemson on Saturday with a win against , but at the preps level, Tigers commit Christopher Vizzina and Briarwood lost to Helena, 31-21.
Vizzina was 17-of-29 passing for 197 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed for an additional touchdown but finished the night with negative yardage on the ground.
To Vizzina’s credit, he threw a beautiful touchdown pass to wide receiver Brady Waugh, who had seven catches for 62 yards and the score.
Vizzina then made his way to Death Valley for the Tigers’ matchup with NC State, where he was able to take in one of Clemson’s most electric atmospheres in recent years — a win for the Tigers on the recruiting front, as well.
“That was Death Valley at its best (Saturday) night,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “Just incredible.”
Miami commit Jaden Rashada led Pittsburg to a 39-21 win over McClymonds. Rashada was 16-of-27 passing for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
“We were able to establish our running game for a season-high 223 yards on the ground as McClymonds’ defense did everything to take away the passing game,” Pittsburg assistant Alan Job said. “With just 4:39 left in the game, he threw a 44-yard touchdown to Budha Boyd to seal the victory.”
Rashada impressed with an 11-yard touchdown pass (below) and threw another 35-yarder, according to The Mercury News, on a night when sophomore running back Elijah Bow carried the team with 183 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries.
Rashada drives Pirates right down field, perfect 11-yard TD strike yo Kai Taylor. Pitt 7, McClymonds 7. 6:41 1Q. pic.twitter.com/veCFNZhILG
Zachary head coach David Brewerton told The Advocate last week that Alabama commit Eli Holstein would be out for four to six weeks with a collarbone injury, so he did not play in the Broncos’ matchup with Winona (Miss.) on Friday.
Instead, the Broncos turned to backup Hudson Spangler, who threw for 173 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 49-14 victory.
On Thursday, Zachary will play Woodlawn, the home of commit Rickie Collins.
Fresh off a big win against South Forsyth last week, Alabama commit Dylan Lonergan and Brookwood kept things moving again this week with a 24-11 victory over Archer in Brookwood’s region opener.
Lonergan was 18-of-28 for 220 yards and two touchdowns, per MaxPreps, and ran for an additional touchdown, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Things haven’t come easy for Lonergan’s Broncos this season, who have dealt with injuries up front and a wide receiving corps that is talented but inexperienced. Friday night marked Brookwood’s second win in as many weeks, though.
“I’ve been really proud of (Lonergan’s) maturity,” Brookwood offensive coordinator PJ Katz said last week. “And how he’s trying to get everybody up to kind of the page he’s on with his experience and all his knowledge from playing for four years.”
Ankeny head coach Rick Nelson said last week that Kohl has played well this season but stressed that his quarterback could play better if he consistently went through his reads and progressions.
Perhaps Nelson was pleased Friday night, when Kohl led Ankeny to a 34-24 win against Roosevelt, getting it done both on the ground and in the air.
Nelson said that Kohl is a “pure, drop-back” passer at his core and needs to get more precise with his progressions not only for the sake of the rest of his high school career but because of what Iowa State will ask of him at that next level, as well. Other than that?
“That’s his only deal,” Nelson said. “Otherwise, he’s a great competitor. He studies film, he does everything right and even when he’s not going through (his progressions), he’s still dang good. But he lights out when he goes through his progressions. He’s just amazing to watch.”
Five-star quarterback Jadyn Davis’ Providence Day School team clobbered Charlotte Country Day 55-20 on Thursday night.
Davis visited Clemson on Saturday night to take in the Tigers’ matchup with NC State. So, too, did his teammate at Providence Day, offensive tackle David Sanders, the nation’s top prospect in the Class of 2025 in the 247Sports Composite.
Davis is considered a Michigan lean by many, and Clemson is loaded at quarterback in the future with true freshman already on the roster and Vizzina coming in. But it was significant that he visited, regardless. The same goes for Sanders, already one of the most-coveted prospects in his class.
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