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Southern Nevada’s top quarterback countdown — No. 2

Liberty’s Kenyon Oblad comes in at No. 2 on our #NVprepsfb list of Southern Nevada’s top five quarterbacks.

To create the list, we spoke with coaches from the Sunrise and Sunset Regions in both 4A and 3A. 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.

This resulted in the #NVprepsfb quarterback rank. The list is based off high school productivity and not college or professional potential. Stay tuned for our running back, wide receiver/pass catcher and defensive player lists that will be unveiled each week until August 1.

#NVprepsfb Quarterback Rank: Liberty’s Kenyon Oblad No. 2

Class

2018

Vitals

6 feet, 3 inches; 170 pounds

Honors

Second-team all-state (2015); first-team All-Northeast League (2015)

Recruiting

Oblad, who has started under center since his freshman year, has scholarship offers from Brigham Young, Colorado State and San Diego State. He is a three-star recruit on Scout.com.

Last Year’s Stats

Oblad completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 3,106 yards and 34 TDs to lead the Patriots to a state runner-up finish.

What they are saying?

— “I know it’s long term, and this is a big if, but Kenyon has the best chance at being a pro,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “All the teams are scrambling for a guy that can go under center and do play action. He’s big and tall. He may not get as many offers because he’s not a dual-threat guy, but if he gets into the right program, the sky’s the limit.”

— “A lot of upside. Good height,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “He’s a 2018 kid that’s developing. He’s going to be a really good player his senior year.”

— “Mixed feelings,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “He’s not the same as the other quarterbacks because of what they run offensively. If (Liberty) was in a true spread offense, you might be able to see more of his ability. He’s still so young and the jury is still out on him.”

— “He’s really talented,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “We try to pressure him, but he’s able to throw the hot (routes). And if we sit back in a zone, he can pick you a part there. It’s a double-edged sword. Pick your poison.”

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#NVprepsfb Quarterback Rank: Desert Pines’ Marckell Grayson No. 3

Class

2017

Vitals

6 feet, 2 inches; 190 pounds

Honors

All-state honorable mention (2015); first-team Division I-A all-state (2015); All-Southern Region

Recruiting

Grayson committed to UNLV on March 5. He is a three-star recruit on Scout.com.

Last Year’s Stats

Grayson completed 113 of 208 passes (54.33 percent) for 1,798 yards and 21 touchdowns, with 12 interceptions, last season. He also ran for 309 yards and eight TDs.

What they are saying?

— “Man I tell you what, (Bishop Gorman’s Tate) Martell probably has a little more talent surrounding him,” one Sunrise Region coach said. “But Grayson is right there with him.”

— “You really have to see what system he gets in (for college),” one Sunset Region football coach said. “I don’t know if he can play another position. I just know he’s a damn good high school quarterback. That’s the kind of quarterback you’d love to have. He’s truly a dual-threat in every sense. He can hurt you with his legs and he throws really well. And from what I can tell, he’s a good leader.”

— “He has put up ridiculous numbers,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “Next year he’s going to flourish. He throws a good ball and is really athletic in a spread offense. But he holds the ball too long.”

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#NVprepsfb Quarterback Rank: Centennial’s Jamaal Evans No. 4

Class

2017

Vitals

6 feet, 3 inches; 215 pounds

Honors

All-state honorable mention (2015); Northwest League Offensive Most Valuable Player (2015); first-team All-Northwest League (2015)

Recruiting

Evans, who decommitted from UNR on June 26, has scholarship offers from Adams State (Colorado), Idaho, Northern Arizona, UNLV, Utah State and Weber State. He is a two-star recruit on Scout.com.

Last Year’s Stats

Evans passed for 1,807 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He also rushed for 565 yards and 16 TDs to lead the Bulldogs to the Division I Sunset Region semifinals.

What they are saying?

— “He’s a dynamic quarterback that runs really well,” one Sunset Region football coach said. “He causes the defense a lot of headaches.”

— “Very good multi-threat quarterback,” one Sunset Region football coach said. “He’s somebody we’re going to have to game plan for.”

— “Jamaal throws a good ball, but he’s inconsistent with his mechanics,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “He’s a really good athlete. I don’t think he throws the ball vertically well. He’s more of a short-gain guy and he’s super athletic. He has a lot of potential.”

— “He’s great,” one Sunset Region football coach said. “He’s a dual threat. He can throw the ball and has a lot of weapons, which makes it incredibly hard to defend that team. He’s legit.”

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#NVprepsfb Quarterback Rank: Bishop Gorman’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson No. 5

Class

2018

Vitals

6 feet, 2 inches; 200 pounds

Honors

N/A

Recruiting

Thompson-Robinson has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, San Diego State, UCLA and Utah. He is a four-star recruit on Scout.com.

Last Year’s Stats

Thompson-Robinson completed 11 of 17 passes (64.7 percent) for 179 yards and one touchdown last season in limited duty for the Gaels. He also ran for 191 yards on 21 carries (9.1 yards per carry), caught five passes for 54 yards and had three TDs.

What they are saying?

— “Physically, he’s No. 1,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “If you’re looking for a prototype, he’s that guy. But I haven’t seen him in live-action against good teams. I think he’s a stud.”

— “I was actually more impressed of (Gorman’s) backup kid (than Tate Martell),” one Sunset Region football coach said. “He’s raw throwing the ball and can make some poor decisions, but he’s an insane athlete.”

— “He’s got a lot of upside and has the measurables,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “But he hasn’t done it against live defenses.”

— “That kid is good,” one Sunrise Region football coach said. “I saw him in a passing league. He’s going to be a really great player.”

If you want to get involved in the discussion, #NVprepsfb is the Twitter hashtag to use. You also can follow along @nevadapreps.

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