Viva Loudoun college intern Joe Bushrod, a graduate of Loudoun County High School and current student at Old Dominion University, has been scouting the returning Loudoun football players and will offer his Top 5 at each position.
Today we start the Scouting Report with a look at quarterbacks and the No. 1 QB is Trace McSorley of Briar Woods
1. Trace McSorley (SR) 6’1″ 180. Briar Woods
A highly talented dual-threat quarterback who just committed to play at Vanderbilt. McSorley displays discipline with his eyes by staring down the safety throughout his drop back. This allows more time for his receivers to gain ground on the cornerbacks while freezing the safeties that have their eyes on the QB (thus decreasing the amount of secondary help). The footwork McSorley maintains in and out of the pocket is often the best out of any player on the field. His light feet in the pocket resembles the footwork of NFL great Peyton Manning, but McSorley can escape the pocket and make defenses pay for not maintaining their lanes. As he can gain yards with his feet, throwing is no weak point in his game. Chase can make any throw from the pocket or throwing on the run to either side of the field. After winning three straight VHSL Division 4 state championships, not many QB’s in the state deserve to be in the same sentence with McSorley.
2. Brady Reitzel (JR) 5’11” 180. Broad Run
“Brady shows a great deal of maturity and plays with such poise,” Says Spartan head coach Matt Griffis.
While it was a difficult decision to rank the area quarterbacks behind McSorley; I had to put Reitzel at No. #2 because of his “sneaky athleticism”. The reason I describe his athleticism as “sneaky” is a reflection of the multiple times last season defenders thought they had an angle on Brady only to end up with nothing but air. On top of his elusiveness, this young QB turns into quite the powerful runner when he tucks the ball. Powerful backs tend to get more carries when the offense reaches the red zone thus creating more opportunities for Reitzel to do his best Tebow impersonation. When operating behind a talented O-line or when on the move, this kid can make all of the throws.
3. Donnie Gasser (SR) 6’3″ 190 Dominion
“Donnie is a game changer that has all the tools necessary to take us to the next level,” Said Titans head coach Karl Buckwalter
Donnie Gasser uses every inch of his tall frame when delivering a pass. Gasser may not be as mobile as Trace McSorley but I feel he makes up for that with his pocket toughness. A big play on film that stood out to me was against Handley in 2012. Gasser was facing a 3-4 wide nine formation in which only the “Mike” linebacker dropped back in coverage while the other 3 linebackers blitzed. Unfortunately for Gasser, his left guard missed his block in the A- gap and left a free man barreling down on the quarterback. Regardless of the pressure in his face, he stood tall, and delivered a high ball to his receiver for around a 35-yard completion down the left sideline. The most dangerous part of his Gasser’s game is his ability to throw the deep ball on the money. The area he must improve upon the most is putting some more zip on his passes.
4. Trent Gilmore. (SR) 6’2″ 180. Freedom
“Trent has a strong arm and has been showing a lot of zip on the ball and has the ability to stretch defenses,” says Eagles head coach Jared Van Acker.
Gilmore is an interesting prospect who was an up-and-coming recruit on the national scene before suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder last year. In the past he has been an accurate short to medium range passer. On throws of 30 yards or more he needs to get the ball out quickly with proper footwork to keep the passes on their mark. A key to watch this off season is to see if he got stronger in the weight room, especially after rehabbing his shoulder. Gilmore could be a breakthrough player for Freedom and a great comeback story.
5. Will Koester (SR) 6’3″ 205 Woodgrove
Rounding up the first week of our scouting report is Wolverine senior quarterback Will Koester. At 6’3″ 205 Koester has great size for a high school quarterback. Combining his height, weight, and tremendously long arms, he has the best measureables out of the Top 5. This 5th spot was one that may not be the most celebrated but was definitely the most competitive spot on our list. Koester’s consistent footwork and touch on his throw’s separated him from the rest of the competition. In split-duty last year he threw nine TDs. This season he will be looking to improve on that number as he fights off Bill Sheehan for the starting spot. Sheehan led the Woodgrove JV squad to a record of 8-1 in 2013. With Josh Sweet and his 1700+ yards rushing returning, I look forward to seeing an impressive offensive season out of Woodgrove.
Others to Watch:
* Sully Warner (Jr.) 5’11” 170 Loudoun Valley
* Nick Azzarita- (Sr.) 6′ 195 Tuscarora
* Joe Thompson- (Soph.) 5’11” 165 Stone Bridge