Prep football: Talent pool at quarterback as deep as ever

The class of 2025 quarterbacks in Southern California high school football is poised to rival the stellar class of 2023 quarterbacks. And the class of 2024 quarterbacks isn’t too shabby either.

Simply put, there’s a lot of talent at quarterback in the Southern Section.

The seniors are led by Los Alamitos’ USC-bound Malachi Nelson and Warren’s Tennessee-bound Nico Iamaleava. Both have received national recognition for their college potential. But there are others.

Mission Viejo’s Kadin Semonza is on his way to Ball State. Aidan Chiles from Downey is committed to the state of Oregon. St. John Bosco’s Pierce Clarkson goes to Louisville. Corona Centennial’s Izzy Carter is committed to the state of Arizona. Agoura’s Ty Dieffenbach is committed to UNLV. Rancho Cucamonga’s CJ Tiller and West Ranch’s Ryan Staub travel to Boise State and Colorado, respectively.

At the juniors, Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Elijah Brown has never lost a high school football game in two seasons. Long Beach Poly’s Darius Curry was a star at St. Bernard as a freshman. Ayala’s Bryan Wilson has the versatility to cause big problems for defense. Long Beach Millikan’s Myles Jackson has a strong arm and plenty of college offers.

Then there are the talented sophomores. Michael Tollefson of San Juan Hills passed 14 touchdowns as a freshman. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame’s Wyatt Becker has one of the best guns in the Southland. Simi Valley’s Steele Pizzella had 11 touchdowns with one interception as a freshman. Born in the Murrieta Valley, Bear Bachmeier comes from a family of achievers and is ready to unleash an airstrike on the Inland Empire. Sierra Canyon’s Alonzo Esparza covered nearly 3,000 yards as a freshman in Culver City.

There are also many opportunities for others to be in the spotlight. Mayfair senior Evan Tomich had 14 touchdown passes last season. Senior Jaxon Potter from Santa Margarita is capable of great feats. Senior Javance Tupouata-Johnson of Chaminade is a commitment from San Diego State hoping for a fresh start with the Eagles following his transfer from Notre Dame. Senior Jack Jacobs of St. Francis is 6ft 6 and has a good receiver group. Leuzinger’s Will Doherty is a 6-5 senior transfer from Mira Costa who found success in the summer.

In the City Section, summer passing contests were all about finding the next big quarterback contributions. Birmingham are looking to sophomore Kingston Tisdell to excel. Cleveland has experience with returnee Emiliano Lopez. Venice likes its senior quarterback, 6-5 Paul Kessler. Narbonne have faith in Ryan Corley, who returned 6-4.

Beginning August 8th, The Times will have player profiles previewing the top players in each position group. Here’s the summary.

8 Aug: Agoura’s QB Ty Dieffenbach.

9 August: RB Cincere Rhaney from Gardena Serra

10 August OL Raymond Pulido of Apple Valley

August 11: WR Jaden Rattay of LA Lincoln

August 12: TE Nick Fernandez of San Pedro

Aug 13: DL Seth Fao of Banning

August 14: LB Weston Port of San Juan Hills

15 August: DB Maliki Crawford from Oxnard Pacifica

August 16: Punter Aidan Flintoft by Oaks Christian

https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-07-31/prep-football-talent-pool-at-quarterback-as-deep-as-ever Prep football: Talent pool at quarterback as deep as ever

Emma Bowman

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