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2016 Michigan High School Football Watch List - Quarterbacks

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2016 Michigan High School Football Watch List - Quarterbacks

With football practices officially underway in the state of Michigan, let's take a look at who are some of the top high school quarterbacks from the state of Michigan heading into the 2016 season.


Rodney Hall – Cass Tech

A proven winner, Hall has been one of the most consistent and reliable quarterbacks in the state in his time with the Technicians. After missing the end of last year’s playoff run, look for Hall to put up big numbers this fall as Cass Tech looks to return to Ford Field once again. Hall is committed to Northern Illinois.

Kalil Pimpleton – Muskegon

As far as playmakers are concerned, Pimpleton is one of the best in Michigan, regardless of position. Pimpleton can hurt teams with his arm as well as with his feet and will likely play multiple positions this fall. Pimpleton is committed to Virginia Tech.

Jarius Grissom – River Rouge

A dark-horse candidate for the Mr. Football Award this fall, Grissom had an impressive junior season with Dearborn Heights Robichaud, but transferred to River Rouge after the season. With Grissom under center, River Rouge should once again be one of the favorites in Division 5 after advancing to the state championship game last season.

Jack Bush – Chelsea

After guiding the Bulldogs to the 2015 Division 3 title game a year ago, Chelsea’s senior signal caller returns this fall looking to put together yet another big season this fall. While Chelsea lost key seniors last year, the Bulldogs should again compete in Division 3 with the help of Bush.

Sam Johnson – Southfield A&T

After a strong freshman season as the starting quarterback, Johnson will look to build on that now in his sophomore season as the first quarterback in Southfield A&T’s history. Already holding multiple Division 1 offers, Johnson has one of the most accurate arms in the state and could be in for a big year this fall.

Austin Brown – Detroit Catholic Central

After becoming a starter during the course of last season, look for a breakout season from Brown in 2016 in his first full season as the starting signal caller. A pro-style quarterback, who can create with his feet, Brown proves to be an issue for defenses in more than one way.

Jason Whittaker – Rockford

After leading the Rams to an 8-4 record in 2015, Whittaker, a 6-foot-5 field general could be ready to burst onto the scene in 2016. A strong, accurate thrower, Whittaker has fielded a couple of offers from MAC schools and could see his recruitment take off in 2016.

Theo Day – Dearborn Divine Child

Day started out as the starting quarterback at Detroit Catholic Central last season, but transferred over to Divine Child for his junior season and figures to be an impact player from day one for the Falcons this fall. A pro-style quarterback, who’s started making some noise on the recruiting scene as he’s fielded three Division 1 offers so far.

Dwan Mathis – Oak Park

Mathis spent his freshman season at Belleville, but transferred to Oak Park for the upcoming season. Look for a breakout season from the sophomore this fall from Mathis as he can be a difference maker while throwing and running the ball and has already landed three offers, including one from Kentucky.

Mariano Valenti – Birmingham Brother Rice

Another candidate to have a breakout season this fall, Valenti began last season on JV, but eventually saw playing time towards the end of last season. A dual-threat quarterback, Valenti is likely to be a headache for opposing defenses for the next three years under center for the Warriors.

John Tracy - Walled Lake Western

After losing Kyle Thomas to graduation after last year, the Walled Lake Western offense will likely pick up right where it left off with Tracy, a transfer from Brother Rice, stepping in under center. A strong, accurate thrower, Tracy has already fielded an offer from Princeton and could see plenty more offers with a strong senior season.