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Oklahoma's top high school football players: Meet the state's best quarterbacks

Who are the top quarterbacks in Oklahoma this season?

By Nate Aker  

Photo of Ringling's Karson Daniel by Karen Schwartz

Over the next few weeks, we'll be taking a position-by-position look at some of the top players in Oklahoma high school football. This list focuses on the quarterbacks.

There are hundreds of standout football players in Oklahoma and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive. Let us know about any other Oklahoma gunslingers worthy of fans' attention in 2022. 

Steele Wasel, 6-4, 215, Sr., Choctaw

As a true stalwart for the Yellowjackets, Wasel is listed as a three-star according to ESPN and after recording roughly 2,500 yards passing and 1,000 yards on the ground in 2021. Entering his senior season as a third-year starter, Wasel should look to close out his high school career with one last hurrah as he prepares to suit up for the Akron Zips next year.

"His understanding of the offense is far greater than even last year," Choctaw head coach Jake Corbin told SB Live. "We look for him to have a monster year and continue his growth and solidify himself as the best in the state."

Chance Wilson, 6-3, 185, Sr., Rejoice Christian

Out of Rejoice Christian, the Montana State commit has stamped his name as a top quarterback in the state. He chose Montana State over both Tulsa and New Mexico State, announcing his commitment on July 25.

Last season, Wilson - named the Tulsa World’s All-World Track Athlete of the Year - garnered 2,857 yards on 69 percent passing with a 40-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Austin Havens, 6-4, 205, Sr., Bixby

Through five games in 2021 with Owasso, Havens amassed a whopping 1,427 passing yards and 16 touchdowns. As he moved to Bixby following last season, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior put up a 21-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio on 78 percent passing at Bixby’s football team camp in June of this summer.

After transferring from one rival to the other, the former Owasso quarterback will look to see if the grass is greener on the other side at Bixby in his final high school season. Ironically, Havens' first game with the Spartans is against his former team, as Bixby faces the Rams on Aug. 25 at the University of Tulsa.

Blaze Berlowitz, 6-3, 200, Sr., Cushing

Berlowitz has proven to be a productive asset for the Tigers. In his junior season, Berlowitz garnered 3,137 yards passing for 33 touchdowns with a 63 percent completion rate. On the ground, he ran for 306 yards and five touchdowns.

Berlowitz enters his senior season with offers from New Mexico State, Oklahoma Baptist and East Central, with his most recent offer from Central Missouri.

Todd Drummond, 6-4, 195, Sr., Pawhuska

A South Dakota commit, Drummond certainly has the tools and skill set to compete at the college level as was shown in 2021. As a junior, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback accumulated 3,685 yards through the air for 50 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 245-of-357 completions.

The pocket-passer is locked in with South Dakota, but his gunslinging prowess will be needed for Pawhuska in 2022.

"[South Dakota] is getting a great one," Pawhuska head coach Matt Hennesy said of Drummond’s commitment via Twitter.

Kirk Francis, 6-2, 185, Sr., Metro Christian

Last season as a junior, Francis made his name known, throwing 29 touchdowns on 64 percent of his completions for Metro Christian. Through his sophomore and junior seasons, he slung the ball for nearly 5,130 yards along with 57 touchdowns.

The two-time state champion holds offers from Drake, Central Oklahoma and more, with Southeast Missouri State being his most recent offer, announced on Aug. 2.

Carson Cooksey, 6-0, 170, Jr., Blanchard

As a sophomore, Cooksey was an entertaining player to watch as he posted more than 1,900 yards passing and 22 touchdowns against District 4A-2 teams. Nearly averaging 200 passing yards per game, the junior quarterback will be one to keep an eye on in 2022 for Blanchard.

Colin Fisher, 6-2, 200, Sr., Noble

Fisher accumulated 2,852 yards and 33 touchdowns through the air on 60 percent of his completions. When rushing, he posted seven scores and 345 yards.

Currently, Fisher is committed to a Division I school, but not in football. The dual-sport athlete committed to Arkansas to pursue a collegiate career in baseball, choosing the Razorbacks over Oklahoma.

Taylor Heim, 6-5, 190, Sr., Bethany

At 6-foot-5, and with a college-level skill set, it’s easy to see why Heim’s recruitment has picked up this summer. The three-time track state champion is a complete Swiss Army knife for Bethany, playing quarterback, wideout and free safety.

In 2021, Heim garnered 1,474 passing yards, 563 receiving yards and 926 rushing yards to give him 2,963 all-purpose yards on the season.

Heim currently holds offers from Oklahoma Baptist, Houston Baptist, Central Oklahoma and more heading into his senior year.

Cal Swanson, 6-3, 185, Sr., Ardmore

An Illinois commit, Swanson is one of the more highly touted quarterback prospects in Oklahoma recruitment-wise. In 2021, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback threw for 206 yards per game with a 28-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, while also adding in five scores on the ground.

"Take notice and don’t miss out on a [quarterback] that not only are you gonna win with him, you’re gonna win because of him! The kid is a legit game changer," Ardmore offensive line coach Chris Kennedy said of Swanson via Twitter.

Gage Gundy, 6-4, 215, Sr., Stillwater

After helping lead Stillwater to a 9-3 record last season, Gage Gundy, son of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, proved himself as a reliable quarterback who can pull out victories when needed. In 2021, Gage Gundy threw for 1,530 yards and 19 touchdowns, also adding 476 yards on the ground with eight scores.

Currently, Gundy has an offer from Northern Iowa.

Lathan Boone, 6-2, 180, Sr., Tulsa Booker T. Washington

Heading into his senior season, Boone has flashed his raw athleticism throughout his high school career on the basketball court and the football field. In his third year of high school play, Boone accumulated 32 touchdowns on 2,323 yards passing.

With a full season left to compete, Boone holds offers from Air Force, Central Oklahoma, Northern Iowa and more.

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Aidan Rhodes, 6-4, 180, Sr., Woodland

Leading Woodland to an 11-3 record in District A-6 in 2021, Rhodes threw for 1,280 yards and 17 touchdowns while also providing a running dimension as a 6-foot-4 quarterback with more than 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground.

Falling shy of a state championship last season, Rhodes will eye that next step to bring it home in his senior season.

Tias McClarty, 5-9, 160, Sr., Norman

As an all-purpose athlete for Norman, McClarty was most deadly at the quarterback position with his ability to attack and work the read-option while also being a threat through the passing game.

Last season, McClarty threw for 1,086 yards and ran for 1,569 yards, combining for 2,655 total yards while scoring 28 touchdowns, with 19 of those coming on the ground.

Devarius Hardy, 6-2, 180, Sr., Lawton

In 2021, the 6-foot-2 quarterback for Lawton showcased his pocket presence by throwing for 1,375 yards on 55 percent of his completions, averaging 12.3 yards per throw, accumulating seven touchdowns and just four interceptions. Hardy played in all 10 games last season, so the senior should be prepared for his final season of high school football.

"Offensively, we have a chance to be really good," Lawton head coach Ryan Breeze said to SB Live of his offense led by Hardy.

Kordell Gouldsby, 5-11, 155, Sr., Bixby

Gouldsby, a transfer from Holland Hall, will more than likely assume a larger role in the rushing attack and spend less time as a signal-caller with Owasso transfer Austin Havens coming onto the scene.

Nevertheless, Gouldsby was impressive in shotgun for the Holland Hall Dutch last season as a sophomore. The 5-foot-11, 155-pound agile, scrambling quarterback threw for 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns on 87-of-134 completions, while also rushing 79 times for 597 yards and 11 scores.

Dylan White, 6-0, 180, Sr., Verdigris

Enduring a torn labrum for his junior season, White still managed to have a highly productive year for the Cardinals. He put up 2,415 passing yards on 65 percent of his completions with 19 touchdowns. White also added 307 yards and four scores on the ground.

Starting the majority of his high school career, White has accumulated 6,279 yards of total offense and 61 touchdowns. He currently holds offers from Hendrix and Bethel.

Shaker Reisig, 6-0, 190, So., Tulsa Union

Holding offers from schools like Memphis and San Jose State as he enters just his sophomore year, Reisig is a sure-fire Division I quarterback if everything pans out for him.

As he transferred from Jenks to Union for his sophomore season, Reisig has been one piece of a major movement of quarterback swaps in the Tulsa area. In his freshman campaign, Reisig threw for nearly 2,100 yards with 24 touchdowns on 69 percent of his completions to lead Jenks to a 6A-I state championship victory against Union - the team he now plays for.

Brunk Gray, 6-2, 170, Sr., Pryor

As a football player, baseball player and wrestler, Gray is certainly a well-rounded athlete for Pryor. As a junior last season, he garnered 2,702 all-purpose yards and 25 total touchdowns.

Placing second with a 6-1 divisional record in District 5A-4, Gray will have one more season to attempt to take his team further in the playoffs and win a gold ball.

Carson Laverty, 6-1, 185, Sr., Coweta

Transferring to Coweta from Putnam City North alongside his dad, new Coweta assistant coach Ryan Laverty, Carson Laverty has a promising senior year ahead of him. He left Putnam North holding the school’s single-game touchdown record with six touchdowns and fewest interceptions in a season with just two throwaways. Laverty ended his Panthers’ career completing 67 percent of his pass attempts.

Entering his senior season, Laverty has an offer from East Central.

"It’s been a blessing getting to coach him from day one to his senior year," Ryan Laverty said of his son and senior starting quarterback via Twitter.

Cole Mahaney, 5-11, 165, Sr., Fort Gibson

Mahaney had an impressive junior year for Fort Gibson. The 5-foot-11 quarterback passed for 1,819 yards and 23 touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 6-5 record.

The three-sport athlete in football, wrestling and baseball will look to provide even more for his team to get deeper into the playoffs as a senior in 2022.

Karson Daniel, 6-2, 210, Sr., Ringling

In 2021, then-junior Daniel threw for 22 scores on 1,788 yards and ran for 458 yards and six scores on 86 carries. Daniel led Ringling to a 14-1 record last season and a Class A state runner-up finish, while also placing first in District A-4 with a clean 7-0 slate.

Next season, Daniel and the Blue Devils will look to come back for vengeance after their 21-14 loss to Cashion in the state title game in 2021.

Reece Villines, 6-0, 165, Sr., Weatherford

Last season, Villines posted 1,200-plus passing yards for 11 touchdowns on just three interceptions.

In a 48-14 victory against Cache last season, Villines threw for 271 yards on 11-of-14 completions and four touchdowns. As Weatherford utilizes a plethora of spread formations, Villines will hope to capitalize and make the most of his senior season.

Micheal Graham Jr., 6-0, 180, Jr., Oklahoma City Southeast

Graham has a chance to be something special for Southeast as he heads into just his junior year after a productive season as a sophomore. A pure athlete, he puts great effort on both the gridiron and the hardwood for his school.

In 2021, Graham garnered 1,870 yards and 20 scores through the air, while adding 333 yards and two scores on the ground. It should be a proving season for the junior as he heads into his back half of his high school career with plenty of on-field experience.

Brody Galyean, 6-3, 200, Sr., Purcell

As a junior playing for Oklahoma Christian Academy in 2021, Galyean garnered 1,748 passing yards on 116-of-193 completions, scoring 13 times and throwing nearly 14 yards per play. He also accumulated 208 rushing yards on 50 carries for the Eagles.

Transferring to Purcell for his senior season, the transition from Class A to 2A will be noticeable, but if he excels like he did as a junior, it should be seamless.

Jamarian Ficklin, 6-1, 180, So., Muskogee

As just a freshman starting for Muskogee in District 6A-II 2 last season, Ficklin proved he could be a highly touted quarterback with the big boys while still having three years left to play. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore ended his freshman campaign with 2,374 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, hovering around 230 yards per game.

Ficklin clearly has a bright future ahead of him and will be a name to know for years to come for the Roughers.