Scout Penn Preps will be releasing its 1st Annual Pre-season Pennsylvania All-State Football Team on August 14th. In the meantime, we’ll talk about the players that made the teams and where they were placed (first or second team). Today, we'll talk about the quarterbacks that were selected.
The first of two quarterbacks is senior Tayvon Bowers of Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, PA). Bowers committed to Wake Forest back in May of this year, so the stress of having to make a decision on where to commit is a non-factor.
Bowers threw for 3,756 yard and 42 touchdowns in his first year as a started and helped lead his team to the semi-finals of the 2015 PIAA Class AAA State Championship playoffs.
Bowers also added close to 400 yards rushing on the ground. With the graduation of three Division I wide receivers, it's expected that Bowers will be using his legs a little bit more until he gets in synch with a very inexperienced wide receiving group. Michael Jones , a junior and returning starter at running back, should help Bowers shoulder the offensive load until the Crusaders get all engines running.
The second quarterback is junior Phil Jurkovec of Pine-Richland (6-5, 190 pounds). The junior became a national recruit after a superb sophomore season where he threw for 2,560 yards, 20 touchdowns against only four interceptions. Jurkovec also ran the ball for 1,250 yards and eleven touchdowns on a team that plays in the very tough WPIAL football league at the highest classification out in Western Pennsylvania.
Jurkovec ended his recruitment back in May when he gave a verbal commitment to Notre Dame.
Of course, a lot can change in the next couple of years, but in the meantime, Jurkovec will continue to be arguably the best quarterback in the state of Pennsylvania for the next couple of years.
Kevin Doyle has seen his stock skyrocket since the end of the 2015 season. Doyle now holds double-digit offers that include: Nebraska, Indiana, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Toledo. Doyle completed 78 out of 139 passes for 1,124 yards and ten touchdowns during the 2015 season where he shared good number of snaps with another quarterback. Doyle's improved arm strength, accuracy, and mobility should pay dividends on the football field in 2016.
Even though Nasir Boykin has yet to receive an offer, that still doesn't discredit him as one of the top signal-callers coming back in 2016. Boykin threw for 2,168 yard and 25 touchdowns during Imhotep Charter's Class AAA State Championship title run. There's no reason to believe that Boykin won't hit the 2,000 mark again as Imhotep returns with a good number of it's skill players back for the 2016 season.