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Top 10 DMV quarterbacks to watch in class of 2021

Top 10 DMV quarterbacks to watch in class of 2021

The DMV is home to some of the top QB’s in the nation. Here’s a look at my top 10 quarterbacks in the class of 2021.

1. Caleb Williams | Gonzaga (DC)
Size: 6-1, 210 lbs
Offers: 22, including Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Penn State

Caleb Williams competes against some of the top talent in the country on a consistent basis, yet he often appears to be performing in a class by himself.

The 5-star quarterback appears to first strive for mastery of the position above the pads. His dedication to study and pre-snap reads allow him to seemingly see the field in slow motion. 

With superb arm talent, he is capable of making all the throws. He completes deep outs to the wide side of the field and consistently places the ball perfectly to tight ends down the seam. 

With his legs, Caleb Williams is a magician. He navigates the pocket with ease. Utilizes extraordinary escapability to avoid pressure and throws the ball accurately on the move. 

When his number is called, as it often is, he is a superb runner either by design or in improvisation situations. 

2. Christian Veilleux | Bullis (MD)
Size: 6-3, 195 lbs
Offers: 13, including Michigan, Penn State, Virginia Tech

Christian Veilleux is as polished as they come. Passing for 29 touchdowns and over 2000 yards last season, Veilleux is an unquestioned Division I talent. 

Standing 6-3, Christian is comfortable operating from the pocket or on the move. He plays with poise, is on-time with his delivery and unleashes his rifle of a right arm on request. 

His deep ball accuracy is next level as his placement is akin to a long hand-off. A willing runner, Christian is also useful on designed runs.

3. Billy Edwards | Lake Braddock (VA)
Size: 6-3, 200 lbs 
Offers: 11, including East Carolina, Buffalo, James Madison 

Billy Edwards plays an exciting brand of football. Last season Edwards passed for over 2,700 yards and 31 touchdowns, while competing over 60% of his passes.

Edwards has a gunslinger mentality. He completes passes over the middle and against tight coverage. His teams are rarely out of striking distance as he has a propensity for dialing up the big play.

Edwards has the arm talent to throw the ball all over the field and the awareness to know when to crank it up or draw it back. Displaying rare improvisation skills, he eludes rushers routinely while keeping his head up and eyes downfield.

4. Austin Tutas | Spalding (MD)
Size: 6-1, 190 lbs
Offers: Virginia Tech, Temple, Massachusetts

Austin Tutas is the total package. With high-end arm talent he throws the ball into tight windows and is accurate short-to-deep. 

Mentally, he sees the entire field, progressing through his reads, while making quick decisions and getting the ball out of his hands-on time. 

With above-average athleticism, Austin displays sound pocket awareness and subsequent escapability. He is accurate on the move and a capable ball carrier on designed runs. 

5. Jay Woolfolk | Benedictine (VA)

Size: 6-1, 200 lbs 
Commit: University of Virginia 

Jay Woolfolk is a program changer. The UVA commit is cerebral in his approach to the game and surgical in his execution.

With impressive arm talent, he throws an accurate deep ball and consistently makes the right decisions based on pre-snap reads. 

Woolfolk is a weapon with the ball in his hands, utilizing speed and quickness to excel as much with his legs as his arm.

6.  Billy Wiles | Stone Bridge (VA) 
Size: 6-3, 195 lbs
Offers: Massachusetts 

Billy Wiles displays the kind of versatility that allows him to execute whatever game plan is necessary to defeat his given opponent. 

With his quick delivery, Wiles throws an accurate, catchable ball. He climbs the pocket effectively and fearlessly completes passes across the middle in tight coverage. Wiles throws an accurate deep ball and has the arm talent to throw the deep out.

7. Brian Plummer | Quince Orchard (MD)
Size: 6-3, 210 lbs 
Multiple Interests

The Quince Orchard Cougars amassed a record of 25-2 in the two seasons Brian Plummer has been their starting quarterback. At 6-3, 210 lbs, Brian Plummer is nearing prototypical size for the position and displays stellar arm talent.

He is comfortable operating from the spread or under center. He’s effective in play-action and can be accurate on the move. His arm strength is undeniable as the ball jumps off his hands when throwing deep. 

8. Billy Atkins | Mount St. Joseph (MD)
Size: 6-0, 175 lbs
Offers: William & Mary

Billy Atkins is coming off of an impressive junior season. Atkins passed for over 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns leading Mt. St Joe’s to an MIAA A championship. 

Atkins navigates the pocket with ease, routinely delivering the ball on time. He throws an accurate deep ball with touch allowing his receivers to catch it in stride. Atkins impresses with ball placement, often dropping it into tight windows between the corner and safety.

9. Colt Minson | Catholic (VA)
Size: 5-10, 200 lbs
Offers: Southern Miss, William & Mary 

Colt Minson doesn’t flinch in the face of adversity. When feeling pressure, he steps into his throws and delivers on target. His athleticism allows him to be an effective runner, often giving up his body for the extra yards. He’s a fearless quarterback. 

Minson displays a live arm and generates good zip on his passes. He excels at chunk plays, often beating man coverage with deep passes in the middle of the field. He throws the deep ball with accuracy. 

10. Scott Smith III | St. Paul’s (MD)

Size: 6-4, 185 lbs
Multiple Interests 

Scott Smith is a classic passer. He is technically sound, displaying polished footwork which translates into a smooth over-the-top delivery and subsequent catchable ball. 

He is tall and long in the pocket. His height allows him to see over the line with ease. When protection breaks down, he escapes the pocket and throws well when rolling to his right.

Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about why he picked the schools in his final 5

Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about why he picked the schools in his final 5

Caleb Williams, the 5-star quarterback out of Gonzaga College High School, dropped his final five of college options last Monday: Maryland, Penn State, Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma.

According to Caleb’s father, Carl Williams, they plan to make a final decision about which program he'll attend before the new school year starts. They want Caleb to be able to enjoy his senior season and focus on recruiting other student athletes to come with him wherever he chooses to go.

I had a conversation with Caleb to find out what stood out to him about each of these programs and why they made the cut.

When I think of Penn State, I think, “We Are.” Happy Valley has an amazing football community steeped in tradition. Why are you potentially interested in playing for Coach [James] Franklin?

Other than the 110K fans they have each week -- I’ve known Coach Franklin since freshman year, and I’ve known a few of the other coaches on staff since before then, so it’s all about relationship building.

Beyond that, their fans are great. I went to the Blue/White game, and they were just as loud as if it were a real game and they were playing Michigan or Ohio State.

In considering the [Clemson] Tigers, not only do they offer the “ALL IN” championship culture, but also the potential of playing for a coach like Dabo Swinney, who dances and goes out of his way to connect with student athletes. What attracts you to Clemson?

Like you said, Coach Dabo… he’s a mature kid. He’s awesome [laughs]. He’s awesome and he’s really genuine. He’s a Christian man, and you can’t really beat that.

He doesn’t consider what he’s doing “work.” He loves going in and doing what he’s supposed to do in life. 

LSU is the defending National Champion -- so they have that in their favor -- and Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow starred at quarterback with the Tigers. Last season’s offensive coordinator Joe Brady has left for the NFL, though. Why are you still considering LSU?

Coach O [Ed Orgeron]. He kind of makes you want to run through a brick wall at times. On game day, when you have that juice running through you, there’s not much anybody else can do to you. When you have love for the game [individually] and are willing to run through a brick wall, you should be unstoppable. 

And their fans… if you haven’t been to an LSU game, you need to go. They say some things I can’t say on social media, but it’s an awesome experience. You’ll laugh and have a great time.

What coach [Lincoln] Riley has been able to do with quarterbacks at Oklahoma is unheard of. Every year they have a Heisman candidate at QB putting up huge numbers. How do you see yourself fitting into that Boomer Sooner system?

If you look at the last four years or so, I believe I can do just about anything Kyler [Murray], Baker [Mayfield] or [Jalen] Hurts have done either physically or mentally. And if you look at the history of Oklahoma football -- they’ve produced hall of famers both at the NFL and college level. Also, with Coach Riley being who he is; an awesome family man and awesome coach, you can’t really beat that.

The University of Maryland makes your top five, and the DMV community is going nuts over that. Coach [Mike] Locksley is building something special. [Wide receiver] Rakim Jarret is attempting to lead the next “Stay Home Movement.” If you choose the Terps, it’ll blow the roof off this thing.

I’ve known coach Locksley and coach Scottie Montgomery for years now. I’ve known coach Scottie since he was at Duke with coach [David] Cutcliffe, Peyton Manning’s coach, and I’ve known coach Locksley since he was at Alabama when they were recruiting me.

Over time, they’ve continued to recruit me and now that coach Locksley is back home, Maryland is on the list.

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St. Charles high school senior Tremaine Chesley on what it was like to have coronavirus cut short senior year

St. Charles high school senior Tremaine Chesley on what it was like to have coronavirus cut short senior year

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, a number of high school seniors saw their final sports seasons cut short. At NBC Sports Washington, we invited them to share their stories. This one comes to us from St. Charles senior Tremaine Chesley, whose team would have been in the semifinals of the MPSSAA boys basketball state tournament.

To know my senior season is over and all the hard work I’ve been putting in since my 9th-grade year is over with, my season doesn’t feel complete. My team and I had a goal from the beginning of this season and that was to make it to the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland. We were right there and we couldn’t play. 

It really didn’t dawn on us until we realized it’s been weeks and we still haven’t heard anything or played a game yet.

I talked to some of the seniors and they always just tell me they miss the season they want to finish and I agree. But something I always say is our bond is strong and they could take the season from us but not the bond we got. 

With the season ending like this for us seniors, we have to get ready for college and make the best decision for us.

So I keep telling them to stay in shape, keep working out and stay safe and we will all be good.

Yours Truly,