Preparatory football: the quarterback’s talent pool is deeper than ever

The Quarterback Class of 2025 in Southern California high school football is poised to provide competition for the outstanding Quarterback Class of 2023. And the Quarterback Class of 2024 isn’t too shabby no more.

Simply put, there’s a lot of talent at quarterback in the South Section.

The seniors are led by USC-bound Malachi Nelson of Los Alamitos and Tennessee-bound Warren’s Nico Yamaleava. Both have earned national recognition for their academic potential. But there are others too.

Mission Viejo’s Kadin Semonza is heading to Ball State. Downey’s Aidan Chiles is committed to Oregon State. Pierce Clarkson of St. John Bosco is going to Louisville. Corona Centennial’s Izzy Carter has committed to Arizona State. Ty Dieffenbach d’Agoura is committed to the UNLV. Rancho Cucamonga’s CJ Tiller and West Ranch’s Ryan Staub are heading to Boise State and Colorado respectively.

As a junior, Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Elijah Brown has never lost a high school football game in two seasons. Long Beach Poly’s Darius Curry was a star at St. Bernard as a freshman. Ayala’s Bryan Wilson has the versatility to create big problems for defenses. Long Beach Millikan’s Myles Jackson has a strong arm and plenty of college offers.

Then there are the talented sophomores. San Juan Hills’ Michael Tollefson had 14 touchdowns as a freshman. Wyatt Becker of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has one of the best arms in Southland. Simi Valley’s Steele Pizzella had 11 touchdowns with an interception as a freshman. Bear Bachmeier of Murrieta Valley comes from a high-achieving family and is ready to unleash an aerial assault on the Inland Empire. Sierra Canyon’s Alonzo Esparza covered nearly 3,000 yards as a rookie in Culver City.

There are also plenty of opportunities for others to be honoured. Mayfair senior Evan Tomich had 14 touchdown passes last season. Senior Jaxon Potter of Santa Margarita is capable of great performances. Senior Javance Tupouata-Johnson of Chaminade is a contracted San Diego State hopeful of a fresh start with the Eagles after his transfer from Notre Dame. St. Francis eldest Jack Jacobs is 6-foot-6 and has a good receiving group. Leuzinger’s Will Doherty is a 6-5 senior transfer from Mira Costa who enjoyed summer success.

In the City section, summer passing competitions were aimed at finding the quarterback’s next major contributors. Birmingham are looking for second student Kingston Tisdell to stand out. Cleveland has experience with returnee Emiliano Lopez. Venice loves its senior quarterback, 6-5 Paul Kessler. Narbonne has faith in 6-4 comeback Ryan Corley.

Beginning August 8, The Times will have player profiles previewing the best players in each position group. Here is the recap.

August 8: QB Ty Dieffenbach from Agoura.

Aug 9: Gardena Serra’s RB Cincer Rhaney

Aug 10 OL Raymond Pulido from Apple Valley

Aug 11: LA Lincoln’s WR Jaden Rattay

Aug 12: TE Nick Fernandez from San Pedro

Aug 13: Banning’s DL Seth Fao

Aug 14: Port LB Weston from the San Juan Hills

Aug 15: DB Maliki Crawford of Oxnard Pacifica

Aug 16: Oaks Christian punter Aidan Flintoft