After starting as a freshman at Dayton Chaminade-Julienne High School last year, Jacob Harrison took…
SW Ohio 2016 Quarterbacks to Watch
The 2016 recruiting class in Southwest Ohio looks jammed with quarterback talent to watch over the next two seasons. We have included a few names to keep an eye on going forward and look forward to watching how these prospects develop. This is not a ranking only a watch list Elijah Cunningham – Springboro (Ohio) High School Not taking over as a starter until midway through the season, Cunningham only attempted 131 passes on the season. However, he managed to complete over 61-percent of his throws for 1,138 yards and 12 touchdowns. Shows good touch and a strong arm but finished the season with a subpar game against Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain in the playoffs where he threw four interceptions. Messiah deWeaver – Trotwood (Ohio) Madison High School With his early playing time as a freshman, deWeaver got on the recruiting scene early helping the Rams make it back to a state championship game. The physical tools are there to work with and at 6-foot-3, he'll be a player to open eyes. Injuries have slowed deWeaver at times, however, he's got the Rams headed into the second round of the playoffs and has already posted 1,569 passing yards with 13 touchdowns. Hunter Krause – Fairfield (Ohio) High School There was some early pressure on Krause as he's the son of the head coach at Fairfield Jason Krause. However, the young signal caller learned to handle the behind the scenes pressure and started to come along in a shared role. For the year the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Krause passed for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns. There is still work needed physically but the tools are there for Krause to be a player to watch going forward. Zach Larkin – Hamilton (Ohio) Badin High School We caught Larkin in action in the final week of the regular season and came away impressed. He's got his team headed into the second round of the playoffs and has posted 1,190 passing yards with 12 touchdowns. We really like his physical size and athletic ability and expect him to open eyes in the summer. Danny Naylor – Xenia (Ohio) High School Naylor is another young signal caller with good size at 6-foot-4 who showed great leadership abilities when we saw him late in the season for a team that only won four games. During the season Naylor passed for 1,272 yards but only five touchdowns, but the physical tools are there to continue watching his development over the next two years. Lamar Florence – Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar High School Florence may the less talked about out of this group as he plays in the Dayton Public League. However, his first season as a starter saw him earn second-team all-conference honors. The summer will be an important one for Florence to open the eyes of college coaches. Jacob Harrison – Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade Julienne High School Harrison just finished his second season as a starter posting over 2,500 passing yards and 18 touchdowns during the regular season. Having already earned an offer from Akron, Harrison could see his summer be one of more offers as he hits the camp circuit. Nick McCaughey – Springfield (Ohio) High School McCaughey didn't get his chance until the sixth week of the season but showed signs of being a player to watch going forward. We first saw him in the summer during a 7-on-7 and liked what he showed. On the season he threw for 435 yards and only four touchdowns. Despite having a low completion percentage, we have to take into account he played on a team that finished the season 1-9 with their only win coming on a forfeit. If he can get more help around him in the future we feel he could post better overall numbers. Saalih Muhammad – Springfield (Ohio) Shawnee High School Watched Muhammad late in the summer at a 7-on-7 and at a camp and liked what he showed. Last week we caught him in action and came away impressed by the development he's shown so far this season. During the regular season Muhammad passed for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns while also rushing for 1,020 yards and another 14 scores in helping his team to a 9-1 season and playoff berth. In his first playoff game, Muhammad showed some burst with a 74-yard touchdown run and had his team out in front until he was sidelined with a back injury. Peyton Ramsey – Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder High School The son of head coach Doug Ramsey, Peyton is off to a solid start to his prep career having already posted 1,724 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. Add in another 500 yards rushing and four scores and you can see why Elder made the playoffs and is getting ready for a second round game against league rival Moeller on Saturday night. Nick Watson – Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle High School Watson impressed us during summer 7-on-7 events and then in his season opener with a five touchdown performance. While he posted some solid statistics this season, we're sure he'd trade some of those numbers for a playoff appearance. For the year, Watson passed for 1,864 yards with 22 touchdowns. Allante Simmons – Middletown (Ohio) High School While Simmons lines up behind center, he's more of an athlete much like former Middies standout Jalin Marshall. This past season the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder passed for 517 yards and six touchdowns, but did more damage with 1,151 yards rushing and five scores. While we see him making a position move for the next level, we've listed him as a quarterback at this early stage of his career. A'Shon Riggins – Hamilton (Ohio) High School Another dual threat athlete, Riggins who is listed at 6-foot, 170-pounds, posted 428 yards passing with four touchdowns and another 325 yards rushing and three scores for the stats we found for six games this season. We've not seen Riggins in action but will be looking to look at his film and catch him in camps this spring and summer.
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