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September 4, 2014

Quarterback Ranch Report: Week One Performances

Quarterback Ranch Report
Week One Rankings Class of 2015

Quarterbacks throughout the state are beginning to feel the spotlight shine brighter as the Texas High School football season builds at a rapid pace. The Quarterback Ranch Report will provide weekly rankings and updates for the top quarterbacks in Texas high school football.

We analyzed the state's incoming seniors and juniors by their first week performances breaking down prospects labeled "HOT" after last season, spring ball and summer training camps. Our list features star talents, players already targeted by college programs, sleeper prospects, and intriguing athletes you will only find here.

There is no other source where you find detailed team and player rankings, prospect lists, and all-inclusive Texas high school football information with updates.

1. KYLER MURRAY; Allen

Returning as a third-year starter, Murray's decision-making and athleticism were nothing short of dazzling as the Texas A&M commit rolled up 499 total yards and six touchdowns in a 55-41 season-opening victory over Denton Guyer. Murray electrified the Allen Nation on the first offensive play of the game with his impressive 78-yard touchdown down Denton Guyer's sideline. Murray's outing was far from playoff form of the last two seasons completing only 21 passes out of 31 attempts but there was no doubt his elite status with this performance against a veteran Guyer defense.

2. JARRETT STIDHAM; Stephenville

Only in Texas high school football, could the 6-4 Stidham be a No. 2 QB. The Texas Tech commit was 14-26 passing for 252 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening 43-0 win over Anchorage South.

3. BEN HICKS; Waco Midway

Houston commit jumped to national prominence with a great showing at the Elite 11 in Oregon. Looked terrific in season opener with 20-of-29 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-30 victory over Lake Travis.

4. QUINTEN DORMADY Boerne

As a sophomore Dormady threw for over 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns, earning All-State honors in 2012, helping Boerne to the Class 3A playoffs. Out last season, with a serious injury to his right (throwing) shoulder, the Tennessee commit returned to the field and completed 27-of-48 for 404 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT in the Greyhounds' 38-22 win over Hondo.

5. BO SCHNEIDER Dallas Jesuit

The Central Florida commit threw for 405 yards and six TDs in the Ranger's 72-49 loss to Arlington Bowie. Bowie was able to limit Schneider and the Rangers' offense in the second half getting pressure on Schneider and disrupting his rhythm. Last season Schneider completed 208-of-348 passes for 3,185 yards and 31 touchdowns.

6. CHASON VIRGIL West Mesquite

After starting as a true freshman and overcoming injuries, the 6-1, 170-pound Mississippi State commit could eliminate some doubts about his long-term future at QB with continued success. Virgil's first week was outstanding going 11 for 15, with only 123 yards passing but had 4 TD's in the Wrangler's 55-22 win over Arlington Seguin.

7. BRETT GILCHRIST Whitney

Diamond-in-the-rough 6-4, 214-pounder completed 19-of-28 for 370 yards and five TDs in a 50-15 victory over Mabank.

8. MATTHEW MERRICK Dallas Cistercian

A 6-3 athlete with a strong arm, is getting major college evaluations as he continues to improve after concentrating on playing guard for several years for one of the nation's premier select youth basketball team, the Texas Titans.

9. NATHAN ELLIOTT; Celina

A fourth-year starter, a good athlete with throwing accuracy and running speed but he doesn't operate out of a showcase offense for QBs under dad, Bobcats coach Bill Elliott. Celina beat Argyle Liberty Christian 47-21 with the North Carolina commit Elliott finishing 10-14 passing for 155 yards, three TD's and rushing for 62 yards on 14 carries.

10. J.T. Granato Houston Kinkaid

A hot property two years ago, Granato is going to have to show he hasn't peaked in coming weeks. He had a mediocre showing in an opening loss to Houston St. John's with 14-of-31 passing for 238 yards.

WHO'S HOT Tony James, Arlington Bowie

The 5-9, 150-pound James is a WR commit for TCU but he sure can roll up numbers as a dual-threat quarterback. And make no mistake, it's the speedy James' running which leaves receivers wide open as he completed 13-of-18 passes for 459 yards and six touchdowns in a 72-49 victory over Dallas Jesuit. James rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown.

Wyatt Wolverton, Hallsville

The first year starter ran for three touchdowns and threw two more in a very impressive win over the defending Class 3A Division I state champion Carthage Bulldogs. Wolverton accounted for 237 total yards, rushing for 79 yards on 17 carries and passing for 158 with 14 of 16 completions.

WHO'S NOT: J.W. Kethcum III, Houston Lamar

No question he's one of the top athletes in the class, but he left-hander did nothing to lighten doubts about his ability to be a dual-threat QB in college. He completed 3-of-11 passing for 49 yards in a win over Brenham but did rush for 136 yards on 13 carries.

ON THE FENCE: Chad President, Temple

Baylor QB commit is a great athlete but President continues to make the transition from receiver to QB after a season on the mend. Temple defeated Round Rock 35-28 as the athletic President rushed for 111 yards and a TD on 14 carries. He finished the night completing only 12 of 25 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown.

OTHERS TO WATCH

  • Brooks Burgin, Highland Park

  • Jimmy Clark, Irving Nimitz

  • Jake McGlug, Keller Central

  • Brett Cox, Sachse

  • Anthony Milsap, Keller Timber Creek

  • Geovari McCollister, Tyler John Tyler

  • Koy Detmer Jr., , Somerset

  • Nick Hutchins, McKinney North

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    1. Shane Buechele; Arlington Lamar

    Started last year as a sophomore but growing into body with improved arm strength through spring and summer in which he picked up Texas and Oklahoma offers. Buechele led Lamar to a 27-21 win over Richland completing 11 of 17 passes for 155 yards and a TD while running for 43 yards and another score on 14 carries.

    2. Zach Smith; Grandview

    Big body, refining skills. The early Baylor commit threw five TDs in the Zebras' 62-13 season-opening win over a British Colombia, Canada. Grandview hosts Wichita Falls Hirschi on Friday.

    3. Tristen Wallace; DeSoto

    The replacement for the heralded Desmon White left DeSoto with a much awaited first-start and Wallace didn't disappoint. More Vince Young runner developmentally but pretty much a Colin Kaepernick starter kit, Wallace, with a combination of accurate passing and well-timed scrambles, shredded the Martin defense for 528 yards and 49 points before he exited in the final three minutes of the third quarter.

    4. Bowman Sells; Lovejoy

    Hampered by injuries last season, the dart-throwing lefty is great on rollouts and mid-range, more mobile than given credit for and improving on longer throws. Sells threw three interceptions matching his TD total on the night, in Lovejoy's 54-35 loss to Mansfield Legacy. The junior ended up completing 23 of 35 passes for 319 yards and ran for 67 yards with two scores on eight carries.

    5. Brennen Wooten; Marble Falls

    Jumped on the scene as record-setting QB for Todd Dodge as a sophomore and now the TCU commit will post big numbers from HC Matt Green, who has been part of productive Lake Travis and Lovejoy offenses. In a thrilling 51-45 in overtime loss to Burnet, Wooten went 34 of 60 with 2 TD's and 463 yards passing.

    6. Jalen Hurts; Channelview

    The 6-2, 190-pound dual-threat had a great first week with 13-of--17 passing for 209 yards and a touchdown while running for 185 yards and four scores on 11 carries in Channelview's 62-35 rout over Dayton.

    7. Jett Duffey; Mansfield Lake Ridge

    If you want a sleeper, here he is. Strong arm, great work ethic making a new program much better than most would expect so quickly. Has mid-major offers, but will add. Duffey had 114 yards on 12 carries in the 49 -14 win over Cleburne. Duffey cruised in the win but had three interception to go with 2 TD's in 11 of 23 completions for 157 yards passing.

    8. Devin Williams; Mansfield Timberview

    Burst onto scene in Week One by guiding upset over state ranked Ennis, but he's a talented dual-threat who started last year at Fort Worth Southwest and has lots of Big 12 teams evaluating. Williams rushed for 3 TD's in 14 carries for 87 yards. His accuracy helped keep drives moving going 13 of 18 for 189 yards and one TD in the big win.

    9. Dagan Haehn; Lake Dallas

    Started last season and it already appears that his mechanics are much improved from his offseason work. The 6-1, 195-pounder is terrific leader with ability but has to continue to develop decision-making on throws.

    10. Logan Bonner; Rowlett

    Took over as sophomore starter, as body gets bigger, he will continue to get looks. Excellent accuracy, decision-making, getting stronger is a key. There is a big upside to this youngster.

    WHO'S HOT D'Eriq King, Manvel

    King went electric with four throwing touchdowns to four different receivers and ran for another 64-yard score in the 35-10 win over state ranked Spring Westfield.

    Ryan Cash, Prestonwood
    Using a no-huddle offense the first year starter threw for six touchdowns in a very impressive win over Houston Bellaire Episcopal. Cash accounted for 455 total yards, rushing for 72 yards on 5 carries and passing for 426 with 28 of 49 completions including 6 TD passes. Behind Cash Prestonwood used a big second half to pull away, outscoring Bellaire Episcopal 24-2 in the final two quarters to break up a 21-21 halftime tie. Cash tossed three of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the Lions.

    OTHERS TO WATCH

  • Antonio Lopez, Brackenridge

  • Taylor McGehee, Melissa

  • Cade Dyal, Kerrville Tivy

  • Brian Baca, Cleburne

  • Michael Maloto, Judson

  • Colt Collins, Princeton

  • Moses Reynolds, San Antonio Jay

  • Congrats to Brazos High School (Wallis) QB Chris Demnywho opened the season last Friday night by throwing for 432 yards versus Weimar!! Chris was one of 55 QBs who attended the 2014 Under Armour Passing Academy at The Quarterback Ranch. A perfect example of taking drill work to real work.

    The goal of The Quarterback Ranch is to provide training that is specific to the system/school the athlete is coming out of and offer these athletes, especially the younger ones (they start with 5th graders) help with speed and agility development, offensive (and defensive) IQ, being comfortable with a football in their hands, in addition to the throwing and receiving fundamentals and mechanics.

    Specific training details can be found on the website link listed below and exciting announcements of an Elite Camps designed to work with middle school/junior high/high school athletes we will be sponsoring in 2015. The Camp dates, locations, and registration information will be announced throughout the fall.

    Our Elite Camps will have two age groups where players will share instruction but work on the finer points in small groups and individually with some of the top QB coaches and quarterbacks in the nation. Continue to check out The Quarterback Ranch Website and The Quarterback Ranch Report weekly at the link below and at TheOldCoach.com.

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