In my opinion the Mount Rushmore of OC QB's is as follows, but not in any particular order:
Rollo: And then?
JT: And then? And then when I walked down the street people would've looked and they would've said there goes JT Daniels, the best there ever was in this game.
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Carson seems to have done the most at the next level. Santa Margarita grad.
The books have yet to be written though, JT has to be the best coming out of HS, and early.
Did you forget Matt Leinhart? Has to be top rung above Blanton.
hit the lights
1. Carson Palmer (Santa Margarita)
2. J.T. Daniels (Mater Dei)
3. Todd Marinovich (Capo Valley)
4. Matt Barkley (Mater Dei)
5. Mark Sanchez (Mission Viejo)
6. Steve Beurelein (Servite)
7. Rob Johnson (El Toro)
8. Tommy Grady (Edison)
9. Steve Stenstrom (El Toro)
10. Matt Leinart (Mater Dei)
My more "obscure reference" is Doug Baughman (Bolsa Grande).
My pick for "had he not been injured as a senior" is Johnny Stanton (Santa Margarita).
The honorable mention list would have about 50 names.
(1) I'd certainly put Billy Blanton on this list before Matt Leinart. Matt was a great high school quarterback, but he had very average arm strength and couldn't run worth a lick.
(2) I'd drop Steve Stenstrom and find a spot in the middle of the pack somewhere for Kevin Feterik.
(3) I'd reverse the top two positions, for several reasons.
(a) I agree with cruiser when he says, as great as he was, Palmer played his entire career in Division 5 against often less than mediocre opposition. It would have been a blast to see what he could do against top notch opponents in Division 1.
(b) Daniels makes the top two without playing his senior season. If he had, I think there would be no debate.
(c) As great as J.T.'s physical gifts and accomplishments were, the mental side of his game was twice as good, and his football I.Q. was the best I've ever seen at any position. Remember, this is a kid who in 8th grade played in two or three high school club all-star tournaments against the best club teams and junior and senior players in the state. He was one of the two best quarterbacks in those tournaments, and he was the only kid who called his own plays. I don't think Palmer or anyone else in that top ten can put that on their resume.
(4) The kid that scared me the most when we played him, because he absolutely refused to lose and could will his team to win, was Aaron Corp. I'm not sure he doesn't belong on this list somewhere.
(5) I also never saw John Huarte play, but it would be an interesting discussion to see if greats from the late 60's and early 70's like George Fraser and Bobby Acosta would make the list.
face him again - ----He had great games against MD!!!
John Huarte would have to be mentioned on the list----he was an exceptional talent---and
could compete with almost any of the above mentioned.