Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hot off the film room: the 2016 quarterbacks

Since March of 2014, I've been on a Golden State tour from the Bay Area to Southern California as I've kept my eye out on some of the upcoming signal callers in this state - the Class of 2016 quarterbacks.

These guys have plenty of potential to pile the offers. Some of them have already begun stockpiling the scholarship pledges while others are starting to have their phone ring with college coaches on the other line.

Here's the latest installment of "Hot off the film room" featuring the 2016 quarterbacks:


Henry has already caught the attention of Florida State, Ohio State, Norte Dame and BYU, since all four have offered the 6-foot-2, 175-pound mad bomber. Henry has to have one of the best deep ball passes in the Southern Section.


The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Costello already looks like a college ready quarterback and has attracted national attention with 13 scholarship offers from Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10 and PAC-12 schools. Along with his strong arm, I'm impressed with his patience in the pocket and his patience toward his wide receivers.


Modster is an aggressive thrower who won't hesitate to fling a football into a tight window. His zip and strong arm, though, allows him to win those tight window battles against two or three defensive backs. He's also excellent on roll out passes.


Ian Book of Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (photo courtesy of Max Preps).

Book has one of the best quick releases in the Sacramento region. He's developed a knack for locating an open man then fire away fast. He's improved as a running quarterback as well and shows an excellent ability to avoid the middle rush and roll to the outside. At 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, he'll need to grow but has one more year of prep football to do it. He reminds me of former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore.

More on Book can be found here.


A varsity letterman since his freshman year, Peus has fooled defenses with his play action skills and attacks the secondary with the deep bomb. His pocket awareness is another plus.

More on Peus can be found here


Camarillo quarterback Jake Constantine (photo by Lorenzo J. Reyna).

Constantine has frustrated defenses with his arm, decision making and his mobility. I'm a fan of his arm strength, though. Constantine won't hesitate to unleash the Hail Mary. He's included a quick release on short throws to his game too. So far, Clemson, Colorado State, Fresno State and Holy Cross are taking interest in the 6-foot-2 signal-caller.

More on Constantine can be seen here.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Leppke entered this season facing the daunting task of replacing Emperor icon Marcus McMaryion (Oregon State). While Leppke hasn't put up eye-catching numbers like McMaryion, it's his athleticism and composure that makes him an intriguing quarterback to watch. Leppke led a game-winning drive against Central Section powerhouse Mission Oak-Tulare to start the season and has added victories over Tulare, El Diamante-Visalia, Kingsburg and Central Valley Christian-Visalia - all section powerhouses. His mobility, play action throws and classroom performance (4.0 grade point average) makes him a prospect worth going after. So far, Georgia Southern of the Sun Belt has taken interest in Leppke. But he's also received interest from the U.S Naval Academy for track and field (Leppke runs the 300-meter high hurdles).

More on Leppke can be seen here.


Davidson is likely going to be a headliner in the Bay Area for 2016. He's already got impressive size at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds. But it's his strength and ability to make throws under pressure that I'm impressed with. He's hard to bring down when he's rushed and shows excellent composure in the pocket. His other key strengths are his accuracy and zip. 

More on Davidson can be seen here.

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