Top QB: Dante Caro

Earlier we named RB James Hall from Las Cruces our top RB for the 2008 season. Today we name his teammate Dante Caro our selection as the top QB heading into the 2008 season.

What makes a great quarterback? Anyone who knows the game of football knows that to play the quarterback position coaches look for players that manage the offense and put their team in a position to be successful. Most importantly they have to be able to lead their team, not only on the field but also off the field. When looking back on the 2007 season we have two quarterbacks that were easy to talk about. Landry Jones from Artesia was the big time recruit that had colleges from all over the country wanting him. He has great size a tremendous arm and was a great leader on the field. As good as he is, one could also make the argument that the most important QB in the state was Mayfield's Matthew Sandoval. Sandoval isn't a top level recruit like Jones, but what he did for the Trojans is legendary. Both of these young men will be hard to replace. Now looking at all that, who is our selection as the top QB for the 2008 season? We talked long and hard about this one, but in the end we went with Las Cruces dual threat Dante Caro.

What a season it was in 2007 for Caro. The 6'0 180 pound athlete did what was best for his team and moved positions. The move paid off, Las Cruces only lost two games all season. With their talent coming back they have a legit shot at being the top ranked team next season. Caro was a great dual threat QB keeping teams honest with both his feet and his arm. On the season he threw for 1302 yards and 10 touchdowns competing 94 of 128 attempts. Those numbers are impressive enough, but when you add in what he did on the ground, you start to see how special a player he is. Caro was second on the team in rushing with 1423 yards on 146 carries. He averaged 9.75 yards a carry and scored 15 rushing touchdowns. That's 2725 total yards of offense and 25 touchdowns to speak of. He also had huge statistical nights against really good teams, including an amazing 258 yards rushing against Alamogordo and 143 passing yards against Manzano

Teammate James Hall has one offer to speak of at this point from New Mexico State, but teammate Caro doesn't have anything on the table as of right now. He's probably not a QB at the next level, but because of his overall athleticism he should get a chance to play somewhere in college.

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