J.T. Daniels has recently put up stats that may never be matched, though this is clearly a pass-oriented era, and having an offensive line and receivers that may also be unequaled in history.
Anyone care to make the case for Todd Marinovich, who was every bit as heralded coming out of high school? And what about some of the other greats---Steve Beuerlein, Rob Johnson, Bret Johnson, Matt Leinert, and Matt Barkley? Am I missing someone? Sam Darnold?
If you actually saw most of these in person, what say you? (Purely considering their prep careers, not what they did or didn't do beyond high school.)
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Billy Blanton was a true gun slinger. He put up big numbers, led MD to Coach Rollison's first CIF title. He didn't play behind the top rated offensive line in the country, he didn't have 5 big time recruit WR's. Blanton had ice in his vains and couldn't be rattled. Even Coach Dave Money would say he would take Billy Blanton over any of the great MD quartbacks. And he coached them all.
Todd Marinovich was a man amoungst boys in high school
I think Carson Palmer, Matt Barkley, Sam Darnold, Marc Sanchez would be the next group of QB's.
I'm not overly impressed with Daniels. Yes, he put huge numbers, but he had the best offensive line in the country, the best WR corp in the country and he's a lot older then his piers. I was impressed with his running capabilites that he added this past year.
I'm more impressed with the QB that can do more with less. Makes everybody around him better and elevates his team.
Todd would be right there as well. It is easy to forget that he crushed the national passing yards record in an era before 4 wide, up tempo offenses. And he played SS. A head coach who coached against him said their game plan was to create a scheme where they dropped all 11 guys and hope he would get confused and throw incomplete.
should already be in the NFL because of his advanced age.
I saw Blanton, and Barkley throw every high school pass they attempted, 2 years of Todd's and some of Palmer and Sanchez attempts. But if you want real winners with less abilities one to look at was Scott Luckash (sp). He did more with less than all the rest.
Rishard was not a QB...however he did line up at the position and was unstoppable....he ran the wildcat before the wildcat...just a damn studTommyTrojan wrote:Shoot if you want most with least, I'm going with Mathews from Saddleback several years ago. That guy had the least talent around him and won games all by himself.