Burnstein’s Current QB Crop Feature
The suburbs of Metro Detroit are brimming over with gunslingers. Oakland and Macomb Counties have the most diversly talented group of prep quarterbacks they’ve had in their midst collectively in quite some time.
Southfield A&T sophomore Isaiah Marshall is a 4-star recruit and has had BCS college programs on his tail since before he took his first high school snap. Warren De La Salle junior Brady Drogosh is a 3-star prospect and the most accomplished of the bunch, coming off a state-title run and back-to-back trips to the Division 2 final four. Walled Lake Western junior Drew Viotto is the lone quarterback of the group committed to a college, as the 6-foot-4, 215-pound flamethrower made a pledge to Eastern Michigan back in the winter.
Marshall (6-0, 200) holds more than a dozen Division I college scholarship offers, including bids from Michigan, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Maryland, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. Indiana, Michigan offered Marshall after seventh grade. He threw for 2236 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 550 yards and 9 trips into the end zone last fall in his second year starting under center for A&T.
“The mechanics, the footwork, the football IQ are all there in overload,” his uncle and head coach Aaron Marshall said.
Viotto amassed 2,126 yards and 22 scores in Western’s always-potent aerial assault last season. He landed in Metro Detroit from Canada for his freshman year.
“Drew’s arm and field vision are very impressive,” 24/7 Sports Midwest Scouting Director Allen Trieu said. “The big frame he has doesn’t slow him down, he can make every throw and he displays good feel and awareness in the pocket.”
Indiana, Maryland and Kansas are the schools recruiting Drogosh (6-5, 200) the hardest right now. At first glance, he looks like a drop-back dime dropper — and he is — however, last season he added another dimension to his skill set and consistently showcased his wheels. Drogosh threw for 1,545 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for 1,825 and 24 scores in 2021.
“Brady is a winner in every way, he goes into the huddle and you can tell his teammates are at ease and have confidence in his leadership and ability,” Trieu said. The way he worked on his game last offseason was incredible, the dedication to his craft paid off. I expect the higher profile schools will come calling soon.”
Rochester Adams junior Parker Picot could be the most dangerous dual-threat field general in the entire state. He’s committed to play baseball in the SEC at Alabama in college, but is considering offers to play quarterback at the next level. Central Michigan offered after Picot razzle and dazzled his Adams club to a spot in the Division 1 state championship game. Picot (6-2, 185) passed for 1,125 yards and picked up 1,405 yards on the ground for a total of 31 touchdowns (20 rushing, 11 through the air).
The most intriguing prospect in both counties is undoubtably Waterford Mott sophomore Kalieb Osborne. The 6-foot-5 stat machine ripped through defenses in the LVC last season for 1,956 yards and 20 touchdowns in the air and 1,408 yards and 20 scores with his feet. Osborne snagged his first Division I offer from Central Michigan offer last week.
“This kid is a freak of nature,” Mott head coach Chris Fahr said. “There’s nothing Kalieb can’t do at the position, it’s uncanny.”
West Bloomfield sophomore Reqez Nance, Utica Eisenhower sophomore Preston Crum and Macomb Dakota junior Ethan Hamby are the quarterback prospects from this two-county crop rising the fastest this offseason. Nance (5-10, 185) is a Kyler Murray-type who made huge strides from the beginning to the end of the 2021 campaign. Crum (6-1, 180), who took visits to Eastern Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State the prior three weekends, is red-hot on the camp and combine circuit right now, as is Nance and Hamby.
Hamby (6-2, 210) was the MIP in the MAC, turning himself into a real-deal game-changer by the playoffs last fall and leading the Cougars to a district crown with a 35-20 unseating of defending champ Romeo. He visited Tennessee, Duke, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State and Eastern Illinois recently.
Chippewa Valley sophomore Drew Schuster will step into the shoes of his older brother Ryan this August as the Big Red’s starting signal caller. His debut is the most anticipated in MAC play in at least a decade, considering the cannon-armed lineage of his family. Ryan is headed to play his college pigskin in the Patriot League at Lafayette. Big brother Tommy Schuster took Chippewa Valley to a state championship four years ago and is now starting at North Dakota State. The baby baller Schuster has taken visits to Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Bowling Green in the last month. Schuster checks in at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds and has been shredding in his throwing sessions at offseason combines.
“Get ready, folks, this may be the best of the bunch,” explained one scout at a recent camp showing.
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