by Lance Smith
SBLive California is previewing the top football teams and players in the state ahead of the 2020-2021 high school football season. Even with the season on hold, we will continue to highlight the best teams, players and coaches in California. Here’s a closer look at the Top 40 quarterbacks in the CIF Southern Section.
Bryce Young and D.J. Uiagalelei have moved on, but the CIF Southern Section remains loaded with elite quarterback talent.
The main criteria for our Top 40 Southern Section quarterback rankings are statistics from the 2019 high school season relative to team success (on offense) and strength of schedule. The rankings were compiled by SBLive reporters Lance Smith and Connor Morrissette.
Since this is not a recruiting ranking, players’ national rankings or college offers were not primary criteria, but were taken into account – mainly for players who haven’t received a full opportunity to shine at the varsity level yet. Performances in club football or at camps were not taken into consideration.
There are five Class of 2021 QBs who would have been ranked near the top, but have decided to graduate and enroll early in college. Here are the five early enrollees:
Miller Moss, Alemany, enrolled at USC
Xavier Ward, Roosevelt (Eastvale), enrolled at Washington State
Peter Costelli, Mission Viejo, enrolled at Utah
Chayden Peery, Sierra Canyon, enrolled at Georgia Tech
Finn Collins, Alemany, enrolled at Arizona State
To view the full list of 40 click here.
1. Noah Fifita – Servite – JR.
Last season as a sophomore, Fifita threw for 2,892 yards and 37 touchdowns to only four picks in 11 games. That was good for a passer rating of over 125 coming against one of the harder schedules in the country.
In his first season as a varsity starter, he proved to be as skilled a passer and decision maker as they come even as an underclassman. As Servite continues to rise, Fifita has a chance to make a bigger and bigger name for himself, and has both the talent and situation to potentially compete for All-American caliber honors.
Entering his junior season, Fifita is now ranked as a high 3-star recruit, and is up to at least five offers – Cal, Fresno State, Idaho State, New Mexico and Hawaii. He doesn’t put up significant rushing production, but is considered a dual-threat prospect for his ability to leave the pocket and still connect with receivers far downfield.
The Friars were already great in 2019, and will likely take another step forward. Fifita will anchor one of the most dangerous, highlight-laden passing games in the country alongside 5-star WR Tetairoa McMillan and 4-star TE Keyan Burnett, not just in 2020-21 but in 2021-22 as well.