USA TODAY high school sportsFriday Night Notes is weekly high school football recruiting roundup that looks at the latest news from around the country – from the class of 2023 through ’24 and beyond.
This week, we look ahead to the 2024 recruiting class, starting with some of the top quarterback prospects. One of them is Derek Lagway Jr. (DJ) of Willis, Texas, who is currently ranked #6 at his position and 44 nationally by 247Sports.
Even though he’s just entering his high school season, Laguay has no shortage of suitors. So far, he has 32 offers — including one from Texas A&M, where he’ll make his mark the first official fall visit this weekend.
He got off to a strong start to the new season, going 21-28 for 343 yards and six touchdowns in last week’s game.
The Aggies will open their 2022 football season tomorrow at home against Sam Houston State. Texas Tech and Oklahoma are among the other contenders to secure his commitment.
Some analysts are calling Lagway the best QB in the country…
Ohio State commit Dylan Raiola rated as the No. 1 prospect
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There’s plenty of competition for that title, though, and Lagway’s name isn’t at the top of most QB prospect rankings. Currently, the top Class of 2024 quarterback in the nation, according to four major recruiting services, is Chandler (Ariz.)’s Dylan Raiola.
“Advanced arm talent with the ability to make a wide variety of throws at a high level as a high schooler. Looks like the best quarterback prospect and overall arm talent in the 2024 cycle early on…. Has a natural, loose throwing motion with unique arm dexterity to deliver off the platform and from multiple hand slots. Already has a deep catalog of throws as a rising junior in high school. Easily drives the ball to all levels of the pitch.
That arm has earned him a very high comparison to Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, perhaps the most talented passer the sport has ever seen.
Raiola has already committed to play at Ohio State, where he will be in line to replace current starter C.J. Stroud, who is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Florida has seven of the top 12 prospects in 2024
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The majority of the nation’s top high school talent comes from three states: California, Texas and Florida. At some levels, this is just about population density, but the culture developed in all three states at this level puts them head and shoulders above the rest of the competition.
That dominance is evident for the 2024 class, which has a disproportionate number of players from Florida. in ESPN’s Top 300 Player Rankings in an hour seven of the top 12 recruits are from schools in Florida.
IMG Academy in particular has an incredible amount of talent in this class, with cornerback Desmond Ricks, running back Jerick Gibson, cornerback Ellis Robinson IV and running back Jonathan Echols rounding out the top eight.
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