New Mexico has an unusually talented class of quarterbacks across the state. Today PrepNewMexico.com highlights the elite quarterbacks from across the Aztec State.
You can't start talking about elite quarterbacks without mentioning Mayfield's Axten Franzoy. Last year, as a junior, Franzoy led the Trojans to the class 5A state championship. Not only does he run the option game as good as anyone around the state, he also has a very strong and accurate arm. His decision making is great and he has the state's best combination of throwing ability, running ability and on the field play. There is not a better player at the position across the state.
New Mexico State commit Cole Gaustche is incredibly talented and his tangibles are unmatched by anyone in the state. Standing 6-4, 215 lbs., Gaustche presents an incredibly large problem for defenses. He runs with the power of a FB and is very hard to bring down. Add the fact that he can run a 40 yard dash in 4.55 seconds and that complicates things further. This year, Cole will likely use that strong arm of his to throw more often and get the ball to some talented teammates. Either way, run or pass, Cole Gautsche is hard to contain and it's no wonder why the Aggies offered him a scholarship to play QB.
Jason Fitzpatrick is a young man who could explode onto the 5A football scene this year. The past 3 seasons, he was the starting QB for the Santa Fe Demons. After a transfer and years of hard work, Fitzpatrick looks the part of a D-I QB (standing 6'2, 190). He has what is easily the state's strongest arm and his overall technique is impressive. Now, at Rio Rancho, he will have a huge OL and plenty of weapons to showcase his talent. I fully expect Jason to have a season with monster stats and could very well explode onto the recruiting scene as well. Fitzpatrick can simply get the ball into tight spaces that other kids can't, and he has the poise and athleticism to make things happen with his feet as well.
Not very many young men have the physical talent to start at quaterback for 4 seasons at any level. 6-2 205 lb. Trey Casaus of St. Pius is the exception to the rule. After impressive showings on the freshmen level for Pius, Casaus got the nod to start on varsity mid-way through the season as a freshmen. Now 3 years later, Casaus is looking to have a breakout season. In the past, troubles with the OL and consistency passing have kept him from showing his full ability. In addition to having good arm strength and a smooth release, Casaus is fast; running the 40 in 4.70 seconds at 205lbs. Trey will have elite playmakers around him and if he can show a lot more consistency could play his way into a D-I scholarship.
Ryan Greene is what is very likely the states most underrated player at Quarterback. Last year Greene was put into the position of following one of New Mexico's best quarterbacks…..ever. He took the challenge and ran with it, having an incredibly impressive season at both QB and S. Very similar to Axten Franzoy, Greene is a great runner and a great passer. He does both equally well and also shows great toughness blocking (not something most QBs can say). His arm strength is something rarely talked about but he puts great zip on the ball. Overall, Greene is leading a Goddard Rocket team that has a great chance to win the class 4A state title and he is going to be a big time playmaker for them once again. He at the very least will show he is a solid D-II caliber QB and one the state's elite.
Elite Watch List:
Michael Walsh 6'2, 190, 4.6 (La Cueva)
Sam Gentry 6'5, 200, 4.85 (Eldorado)
David Brown 5'10, 170, 4.55 (Highland)
Nick August 6'2, 175 (Gallup)
Daniel Lacey 6'2, 185, 4.7 (Farmington)
Adam Lucero 6'1, 180, 4.7 (Aztec)
James Singleton 6'0, 190 (Roswell)