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Bay Area Preseason Quarterback Rankings

Brady Huchingson trains at the EAJ and NorCal Scouting Pop Up on Jan. 20, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Brady Huchingson trains at the EAJ and NorCal Scouting Pop Up on Jan. 20, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

With the Bay Area football season just one week away, West Coast Preps ranked the top 10 quarterbacks in the region.

  1. Dorian Hale (De La Salle, Senior)

A varsity player since his freshman season, Hale is one of the top returning athletes in all of California.

The soon-to-be three-year varsity player has two North Coast Section titles under his belt as a starting quarterback and has made two trips to the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division state championship game. His career numbers in a run-heavy De La Salle veer offense are 3,274 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and five interceptions, along with 780 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

This past season, Hale tossed for 2,047 yards, 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions, including another 588 yards and six scores on the ground.

Hale signed to play Division I football at Sacramento State, choosing the Hornets over offers from Cal Poly, Columbia, Florida Atlantic, Georgetown, Idaho, Lehigh, Montana, Northern Arizona and Valparaiso.

  1. Eli Brickhandler (Pittsburg, Senior)

The transfer from Rocklin’s Whitney High School is a winner in every sense of the word.

A year before he was Whitney’s starting quarterback in 2019, Whitney failed to record a win the year prior and averaged 13.8 points per game. As the starter as a junior, Brickhandler helped Whitney win seven games and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title game appearance while posting 23.7 points per contest.

And Brickhandler’s production during that campaign were monstrous, finishing with 2,259 passing yards and 18 touchdowns, adding 743 rushing yards and eight scores to cross the 3,000-yard plateau for total offense.

Brickhandler added two Division I offers recently from Presbyterian and the University of San Diego.

  1. Hudson Beers (Justin-Siena, Senior)

The stellar play from Beers was a big reason why Justin-Siena found its way to the North Coast Section Division VI semifinals a year ago..

Beers had one of the top seasons in all of California, with his 2,942 yards ranking 44th in the state and fourth in the section, according to statistics available on MaxPreps, while being the most among returning NCS players. His 30 touchdown strikes were No. 6 in the section and are the second-most among returning players.

McPherson and Whittier have offered Beers.

  1. Brady Huchingson (Acalanes, Senior)

Huchingson produced a junior season for the ages at Acalanes last year.

Huchingson passed for 2,646 yards and 29 touchdowns compared to a mere five interceptions, featuring three performances with four or more touchdown passes – including five in a 56-7 trouncing of Alhambra. He had another seven rushing scores.

With Huchingson guiding the offense, Acalanes scored 36.3 points per game, scored 50-plus points three times in 12 games – including 75 in its season opener – and was a North Coast Section Division IV semifinalist.

  1. Caleb Ojeda (Live Oak, Senior)

Ojeda did it all in a special nine-win campaign for Live Oak in 2019.

In 11 games, Ojeda compiled 1,000-plus yards through both the air and ground, totaling 1,418 passing yards and 1,230 rushing yards. He had 33 total touchdowns (17 passing, 16 rushing) compared to seven interceptions. 

  1. Nick Bandanza (Branham, Senior)

Branham’s best season in program history included sensational play from Bandanza all year.

The dual-threat quarterback accumulated 1,414 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and only four interceptions. On top of that, Bandanza had 678 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, keying Branham to its first-ever Central Coast Section championship game appearance before falling by one point to Milpitas in overtime.

Multiple schools are interested in Bandanza, who brought in his first offer from Pacific in late January.

  1. Dominique Lampkin (Serra, Junior)

Thrust into the starting role after an injury to Daylin McLemore , who is now at Arizona State, Lampkin certainly made the most of the opportunity.

Lampkin helped engineer a dominant run for the Padres, throwing for 750 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for another 448 yards and four touchdowns, part of a Serra squad that captured Central Coast Section and Northern California crowns before falling in the state championship game.

Fresno State and Illinois State have each sent offers Lampkin’s way.

  1. Matt MacLeod (Menlo-Atherton, Junior)

MacLeod made few, if any, mistakes as Menlo-Atherton’s starting quarterback his sophomore season.

On a league championship winning team, MacLeod had 1,834 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and two interceptions, lifting the Bears to a 7-4 overall record, a perfect mark in league play and a trip to the Central Coast Section playoffs.

MacLeod is a three-sport athlete and also competes in baseball and basketball.

  1. Michael Ingrassia (Marin Catholic, Junior)

Ingrassia is the next in line for a strong quarterback lineage at Marin Catholic, which includes current Detroit Lion Jared Goff.

As a sophomore, Ingrassia shined to the tune of some remarkable production next to a running back in Matteo Perez – a UC Davis signee – who amassed 2,000 rushing yards. Ingrassia completed 64% of his passes for 1,688 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions, plus 315 rushing yards and four scores.

Marin Catholic recorded an 11-2 record and was a runner-up in the North Coast Section Division IV title game.

  1. Jack Quigley (San Ramon Valley, Junior)

In a loaded East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division as a sophomore, Quigley came in and succeeded in one of the state’s toughest leagues.

Quigley registered 1,502 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions in his first season as the starting varsity quarterback for the Wolves, who won seven games overall and finished in a tie for second place with Monte Vista, only behind that of national powerhouse De La Salle.

Recently a West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week award winner on Cal Strength’s travel football team, Quigley boasts a Division I offer from William & Mary.

Others considered: Antonio Gonzalez (King’s Academy, Senior), Jake Kern (Clayton Valley Charter, Senior), Teddy Purcell (Sacred Heart Prep, Senior), Jaden Rashada (Pittsburg, Sophomore), Shaun Smith (Livermore, Senior)

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