To some it might seem early but as players begin hitting lifting PR’s and getting in shape- the season has never quite ended. The chase for a trip to Wheeling never ends, and we are taking Fridays in the current offseason to highlight the top five players returning per position in AAA and AA/A (combined). Not on the list? Good thing it’s not even preseason yet. Prove us right or prove us wrong.
Without further ado…
Nate Ellis (Spring Valley) 2020
Elijah Banks (Martinsburg) 2020
Tay Blackwell (Huntington) 2020
#5 Justin Frohnapfel
School: John Marshall
The Monarchs quartefinal run of 2017 was not just due to a stellar defense and impactful run game. Frohnapfel elevated his game week-in and week-out to create a diverse offense that took down some top teams. His passing game needs work, but it is far enough along to put up big numbers when you take into account his threat of scrambling. Being only a junior, he has plenty of time to keep developing into a really great quartberack.
#4 Nathan Roy
There might be no one who can throw a deep ball better than Roy in the entire state. Often times in traffic, he makes some rocket passes. Hurricane will lose two all-state receivers so his fast-hitting mindset might need to slow down towards efficiency. Hurricane had one of the scariest offenses in the state last year thanks to Roy’s arm with a Spring Valley dismantling and almost quarterfinal Huntington upset.
#3 Logan Holgorsen
Holgorsen has became quite polarizing with his third high school in 12 months but let us remind you that today’s recruiting world is not the same as it was ten years ago (or even five years ago). At University he will have all-state receivers and an annually dominant defense. With a natural time period practicing with an offense, Holgorsen can get back to hitting dimes at midrange and not rely on the deep ball. His ability to tuck and run will also keep defenses very honest.
#2 Grant Wells
School: George Washington
Wells is by far the most athletic quarterback on the list and it shows. He is constantly extending plays and nailing passes on the roll. George Washington’s offense has had holes in recent years and often times lowers his production. Wells won’t make that excuse though and continues to lead the Patriots to decent seasons. We’re looking forward to another stat-packed year for Wells through the air and on the ground.
#1 Kerry Martin Jr.
Martin possesses a trait others are still working on within our list. Patience. He has the ability to pull the ball in and take off for ten yards, but he often waits and finds a bigger play down the field. Capital has all the weapons in the world and a quarterback who trusts in them even with his own elite ability which could be deadly. His accuracy and power is all there. We expect candidate numbers in 2018.
Who did we miss? Let us know! We never shy away from people telling us we’re missing out on kids! Our next Feature Five Friday will take on the top returning quarterbacks in AA/A! Let us know who should be in there!