Sports Recruiters presents a list of the top senior quarterbacks in Central Pennsylvania. These players are considered the top players in Central PA according to Sports Recruiters. I have seen most of these prospects play in-person.
This eight-part series will take a look at the area’s top quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers/tight ends, linemen, linebackers, defensive backs, underclassmen, top newcomers, as well as a list of honorable mention student-athletes.
Tayvon Bowers – Quarterback – 6’2”, 215 – Bishop McDevitt H.S.
Bowers, a 2015 Mr. PA Football nominee, is arguably the top quarterback in the Central PA area this year and one of the best in the Keystone state. Tayvon is the latest in a long line of Division 1 student-athletes out of Bishop McDevitt who is known for producing outstanding quarterbacks. He is a real talent as a dual-threat quarterback and has a great knowledge of the game and is very coachable. Bowers had exceptional numbers last year with 3,560 yards passing, 42 touchdowns, and demonstrated impressive accuracy and the ability to read defenses. Tayvon has good mechanics, fine footwork, and his biggest attribute is his terrific arm strength. Colleges were extremely impressed with his ability to extend plays, and this past May he ended the recruiting process by issuing a verbal commitment to Wake Forest. Bowers held six offers before ultimately selecting the Demon Deacons over Rutgers and others.
Eric Harris – Quarterback – 6’2”, 205 – Carlisle H.S.
Eric has good mechanics, solid footwork, and a live arm. Harris passed for a single-season school record, 3,506 yards and 35 touchdowns, and shows excellent ability to read defenses. He is very coachable and a great competitor who gives you a chance to win every game. Eric, a 2015 Mr. PA Football nominee, has an impressive skill set at this stage and tremendous leadership qualities. Harris is a two-year starter, and with him behind center engineering, the offense will definitely make the Thundering Herd much more competitive in the Commonwealth Division. He was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division all-star selection at quarterback. Eric is one of the most productive quarterbacks in the mid-state, and Columbia and a few more FCS programs are showing serious interest in him.
Grant Breneman – Quarterback – 6’0”, 190 – Cedar Cliff H.S.
Grant has good speed, solid fundamentals, and quality arm strength that makes him an intriguing prospect to watch this season. Breneman, a 2015 Second-Team Mid-Penn Keystone Division all-star selection at quarterback, passed for 2,067 yards and fired 24 touchdowns along with five on the ground last fall. The 6’0”, dual-threat quarterback has the innate ability to read defenses and is a fantastic leader on the football field. Grant is a three-year starter and can run by most high school defenders as a runner or a scrambler. He was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class AAA/AAAA award in 2015. Breneman will keep the Colts in competition for the Keystone Division championship and the district playoffs in 2016. Grant had plenty of interest from FCS schools in the region but decided to end the process early and verbally committed to Colgate in May.
Tyler Clark- Quarterback- 6’2”, 185 – Juniata H.S.
Clark has nice size, good mechanics, and fine arm strength which makes him a sought-after prospect. He is a two-year starter and had some fantastic moments throughout last season. Tyler passed for 1,901 yards and 27 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions last fall. Clark demonstrates impressive velocity and accuracy hitting his receivers in stride pretty consistently. Tyler has fine pocket awareness and has the ability to make tight-window throws between the hashes. He was a 2015 First-Team Tri-Valley League all-star selection at quarterback. He has received interest from several FCS programs in the off-season.
Grant Stoltzfus – Quarterback – 6’0”, 180, – Conestoga Valley H.S.
Grant is still garnering interest from colleges at this moment and should have the Buckskins in playoff contention again this season. Stoltzfus, a 2015 Mr. PA Football nominee, is an excellent game manager and a fairly accurate passer with a nice touch. He demonstrates great leadership qualities and is a fierce competitor. Grant is a talented athlete who shows poise and pocket awareness on the football field. Stoltzfus has the ability necessary to flourish at quarterback. He passed for 2,065 yards and tossed 18 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions last season. Grant was a 2015 Honorable Mention Lancaster-Lebanon Section 2 all-star selection as a quarterback.
Keonte Lucas – Quarterback/Athlete – 5’10”, 195, – Milton Hershey H.S.
Keonte is a dynamic athlete and one of the most dangerous weapons on offense in the area. Lucas, a senior, is another spectacular dual-threat quarterback who could also see time at running back. He rushed for 1,066 yards and 11 touchdowns and passed for for nearly 1,000 yards and another 9 touchdowns in 2015. The speedy Lucas is extraordinary with the rock in his hands and gives opponents fits on defense. Keonte was a 2015 First-Team Mid-Penn Capital Division all-star selection as an athlete. He was nominated for the Mr. PA Football Class A/AA award in 2015. It would be quite an accomplishment if Lucas can produce those kind of numbers again, statistically, for a third straight season. Colleges are definitely taking notice of his talent because of the gaudy numbers he has compiled the last two years. The explosive Lucas is currently receiving plenty of interest from FCS programs in the region and has an early scholarship offer from the PSAC’s Millersville.