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Nevada Preps quarterback countdown — No. 1

Faith Lutheran’s Sagan Gronauer comes in at No. 1 on our list of Southern Nevada’s top five quarterbacks.

To create the list, we spoke with coaches from the Mountain and Desert Regions in Class 4A. A couple of the base questions were: “Who is the top high school quarterback today?” and “Who would you pick to start a team?”

Then we grabbed the statistics from last season, looked at the player’s collective rankings on recruiting websites and used our own judgment to fill holes.

Stay tuned for our running back, wide receiver/pass catcher and defensive player lists that will be unveiled each week until the end of July.

Nevada Preps Quarterback Rank: Faith Lutheran’s Sagan Gronauer No. 1

Class

2019

Vitals

6 feet, 1 inch; 205 pounds

Honors

Northwest League MVP Offense, All-Northweast League First Team Offense (2017)

Recruiting

Gronauer has an offer from Idaho State.

Last year’s stats

Gronauer completed 55.3 percent of his passes for 2,307 yards and 22 touchdowns to eight interceptions. He rushed for 155 yards and six touchdowns. He led the Northwest League in passing yards and touchdowns, was second in the Sunset Region and third in Southern Nevada.

What they are saying

— “He is, in my opinion, one of the top guys in the city,” a Mountain Region coach said. “I have nothing but good things to say about him. I think he’s a good, talented kid.”

— “He hits his spots,” a Mountain Region coach said. “He runs his scheme really well. He’s just very consistent. He doesn’t have a lot of errant throws. He’s not afraid to take the check down. He’s a very disciplined player.”

— “He’s a great passer. I think his arm strength was one that was unmatched all season as far as the quarterbacks we played against,” a Desert Region coach said. “He buzzed some slants in there and you realized he was throwing that ball pretty hard. He’s got that and the ability to be accurate and it’s tough on defense without a doubt.”

— “Runs his offense really well. Fast-paced, up-tempo. Throws the ball really good,” a Desert Region coach said. “I think he’s good. I don’t think he’s great. He’s got another year to go, but as a junior he did a great job.”

Nevada Preps Quarterback Rank: Desert Pines’ Tyler Williamson No. 2

Class

2019

Vitals

6 feet, 1 inch; 170 pounds

Honors

Class 3A All-Sunset League Second Team (2017)

Recruiting

N/A

Last year’s stats

Williamson completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 1,284 yards and 13 touchdowns to three interceptions. He rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown.

What they are saying

— “He scares us, what can I say?” a Mountain Region coach said. “We have to make sure we contain the guy. If we can put pressure on him, we’ll be fine. Honestly they got a lot of talent and he has a lot of weapons.”

— “I think he’ll be just fine (against Class 4A teams),” a Mountain Region coach said. “He’s really efficient with the ball.”

Nevada Preps Quarterback Rank: Bishop Gorman’s Micah Bowens or Donovan Smith No. 3

Class

Bowens: 2020

Smith: 2020

Vitals

Bowens: 6 feet, 1 inch; 180 pounds

Smith: 6 feet, 4 inches; 192 pounds

Honors

N/A

Recruiting

Bowens has offers from Arizona, BYU, Kansas, Nebraska and New Mexico.

Last year’s stats

Bowens was the backup quarterback for the Gaels, completing 15 of 25 passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed 19 times for 183 yards and a touchdown, and had four interceptions with 19 tackles.

Smith was Gorman’s JV quarterback, going 2-for-6 for 16 yards with the varsity squad, and rushed 11 times for 79 yards and a touchdown.

What they are saying

On Bowens:

— “Gorman has a kid that’s pretty talented, I just don’t know that much about him,” a Mountain Region coach said. “I heard some good things about what he’s doing.”

— “Gorman’s guy, I know he didn’t start, but he’ll be pretty good,” a Desert Region coach said.

— “Phenomenal athlete, fits into (their) offense really well and what (they) do at the read-option,” a Desert Region coach said.

On Smith:

— “Really good athlete. I think he took fifth or sixth at state in the 110 hurdles,” a Desert Region coach said. “He’s a bigger quarterback, about 6-3. Was the JV quarterback. He can run the read-option as well.”

Nevada Preps Quarterback Rank: Foothill’s Koy Riggin No. 4

Class

2020

Vitals

5 feet, 11 inches; 160 pounds

Honors

N/A

Recruiting

N/A

Last year’s stats

Riggin grabbed the reigns as a sophomore and completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,917 yards and 20 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. He also ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He was 21-for-31 for 207 yards and three touchdowns in a Sunrise Region playoff victory against Las Vegas.

What they are saying

— “What’s good about Koy is that he’s a very smart kid,” a Desert Region coach said. “He’s gotten stronger physically.”

— “He’s got strong blood. His older brother was a quarterback there. I thought he did a really good job for them,” a Desert Region coach said. “They’re arguably our toughest team in our division on paper.”

— “He’s very accurate,” a Desert Region coach said. “He puts the ball in the right place.”

Nevada Preps Quarterback Rank: Shadow Ridge’s Kody Presser No. 5

Class

2019

Vitals

5 feet, 10 inches; 155 pounds

Honors

All-Northwest League Second Team (2017)

Recruiting

N/A

Last year’s stats

Presser attempted only 44 passes last season, but ran the Mustangs’ option offense. He rushed 105 times for 846 yards and a team-high 13 touchdowns. The yards and touchdowns were the most by Class 4A quarterbacks.

What they are saying

— “Gutsy kid. I think he wore No. 33 last year. It’s a linebacker essentially playing quarterback,” a Mountain Region coach said. “He makes a lot of plays for them. Is he traditionally a quarterback or a guy that can stand in the pocket and throw? I don’t know if that’s the case.”

— “Kody can be a monster. I really, truly believe that,” a Mountain Region coach said. “You’re talking about a kid that ran for 900 yards. He has a possibility of rushing for 1,000 yards a the quarterback spot.”

— “The quarterback at Shadow Ridge should be pretty good,” a Desert Region coach said. “He’s real experienced in the offense and a lot of leadership.”

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