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October 12, 2006

Taylor and Lalich top Virgina's QB Class of 2007

PAST: 2002-06 PRESENT: 2007 FUTURE: 2008 2009

Career and Single Season/Game Records: Passing TDs | Passing Yards | Completions

Picking the state's "top" quarterback from the Class of 2007 should not be a difficult choice - given that Rivals.com has rated Hampton's Tyrod Taylor as the 19th best prospect in the entire country!

Although Hampton has already been displaced from the state's unbeaten schools this season - Taylor has kept the Crabbers among the state's elite and they are certainly a team to be 'reckoned with' come playoff time. Entering this past weekend's action Taylor had completed 30 of his 60 attempts, and had six touchdown passes, and had also rushed for 291 yards on 49 carries and an additional six touchdowns!

Class of 2007 - Top Quarterbacks
Tyrod Taylor 6-1 200 Hampton
Peter Lalich 6-5 225 West Springfield
Brandon Hogan 5-10 165 Osbourn
Bradley Starks 6-3 172 Orange
Russell Wilson 6-0 175 Collegiate
Rick Kresinske 6-4 211 Salem, Va Beach
Terence Glenn 5-10 157 Stone Bridge
Darius Reynolds 6-1 176 Hylton
Dexter Merritt 6-1 180 Oscar Smith
J.C. Poma 6-1 223 Henrico
Deck McGuire 6-5 215 Deep Run
Complete list of top QBs!

Despite being the state's number two signal caller, West Springfield standout and UVa commitment Peter Lalich has found things a little bumpy on the field this season. While the Spartans have lost four of their first five games, Lalich has managed to already pass for over 1,580 yards with 13 touchdown passes while completing 103 of his 147 attempts.

There is a high probability that a number of the state's to top quarterbacks will play other positions at 'the next level'. Given their athleticism Osbourn's Brandon Hogan and Orange County's Bradley Starks, both of whom have committed to West Virginia will likely be given looks at running back and wide receiver when the get to Morgantown next year.

Russell Wilson - perhaps the top quarterback in the Richmond area - he was named 'Player of the Year' following his junior season - may very well be better suited for a completely different sport - much less a position change. Many baseball 'experts' consider the 'diamond' to be Wilson's best 'field of dreams' though Collegiate senior yearns to give football a try at NC State. 1647 99 157 21

Salem's Rick Kresinske hears 'put me in coach' and says he's ready to make the switch from quarterback to tight-end ala Heath Miller who made the same transformation a few years ago at UVA and it translated into "Big Money" for the former Cavalier now playing for the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

Stone Bridge signal caller Terence Glenn won a head-to-head match-up against Peter Lalich and West Springfield and has steered the Bulldogs to an undefeated season and the top Division 5 ranking in the state by VirginiaPreps.com. Glenn may be undersized to play quarterback at a D I school, he is certainly demonstrating the athleticism and leadership abilities that will make him an attractive prospect - regardless of position.

Despite a suffering a concussion two weeks ago, Darius Reynolds is set to return for C D Hylton - and has these Bulldogs ranked number one in the entire state - and nationally ranked as well. Reynolds is still looking to hit his stride, and though he has played well so far this season he has only completed 11 of 33 passes in the three games in which he has played (he sat out last week's game against Henrico after suffering the concussion the previous week). Nagging injuries have hampered Reynolds but he looks to be healthy now - and ready to prove he belongs among the state's top quarterbacks.

Heading into Monday's game with Hermitage, Deep Run's Quarterback Deck McGuire, a 6-5, 230-pound senior who's bound for Georgia Tech to play baseball, was 28 for 57 for 578 yards (144.5 average) with seven touchdowns. He had not thrown an interception.

Another Richmond area quarterback, J. C. Poma - who also missed a game due to an injury has only passed for 431 yards so far this season, in three games, with four touchdown passes.

Further proof that the quarterback position is a dangerous one is Oscar Smith's Dexter Merritt, who suffered suffered a sprained MCL against Western Branch last week and will miss the next 2-3 weeks of action.

On the season Merritt had completed 40 of 70 passes for 862 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for two more.

In his absence, Oscar Smith will start freshman Phil Sims under center as the Tigers face Granby, Nansemond River and Deep Creek over the next three weeks.

PAST: 2002-06 PRESENT: 2007 FUTURE: 2008 2009

Career and Single Season/Game Records: Passing TDs | Passing Yards | Completions



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