OHSAA Division 3 State Championship

Posted On: 06/19/20 5:11 PM

The dual-threat quarterback has never been as prevalent and coveted as it is in today’s offensive schemes. With the widespread popularity of the RPO and other similar fast paced offenses, the importance of a QB to be effective through the air and on the ground has been redefined. Dual-threats have always been more prolific in college football but as the trend has worked its way up to the NFL in recent years, we are seeing more and more QB prospects developing their ability to make plays with their legs. Here are 5 dual-threat QB’s in northern California to watch for:

Ari PatuAriPatu6'4" | QBFolsom | 2021StateCA, Dual-Threat QB, 6’4 185 lbs., Folsom HS

The top dual-threat QB in Northern California committed to Stanford over offers from several PAC12, ACC, and BIG10 programs. Reflected by the high level offers he received, Patu has all the tools to be a high impact player at the college level. He is a natural athlete with a smooth throwing motion who is not afraid to make plays with his legs, and is adept at extending plays and throwing on the run. He demonstrates his ability to read defenses and make smart decisions whether that’s keeping his eyes down field and finding an open receiver or tucking it and running. Patu has had to wait his turn behind several big time QB’s at Folsom HS but will benefit from more game experience in 2020.

Justin Lamson, Dual-Threat QB, 6’2 195 lbs., Oak Ridge HS

Lamson’s stock has been continuously rising since April, pulling in 13 offers including, most recently, Syracuse. He is a creative playmaker with great awareness and feel for the game. Combine that with arm strength and accuracy which allows him to hit his spots and fit the ball into tight windows. Lamson has the ability to sit back in the pocket and pick apart defenses but also shows he can avoid the rush and extend the play using his legs. Some might view him as a pro-style pocket passer but he will surprise you with his ability to run and make defenders miss in the open field.

Dorian Hale, Dual-Threat QB, 6’0 175 lbs., De La Salle HS

Three year starter for one of the top programs nationally, he plays in a run heavy offense but has continued to develop his ability as a confident passer. He is a great athlete with quick feet and change of direction which could transition well to other skilled positions at the college level. As a QB, he throws lefty and is always on time with his throws and shows good decision making and arm strength. Never one to miss a game through a tough schedule Hale is a gamer and a proven winner.

Anthony Grigsby, Dual-Threat QB, 5’11 185 lbs., Cosumnes Oaks HS

Another dual threat QB that can play multiple skill positions at the next level, he doesn’t have a huge frame at 5’11 185 lbs. but has the arm strength to place the ball all over the field. Good overall mechanics and footwork with great touch on the deep ball he has shown he can drive the ball into tight windows on intermediate routes. A very instinctual player, doesn’t run often but is a smooth athlete with speed and quickness which makes him a threat anytime he tucks it and runs.

Raymond Price, Dual-Threat QB, 6’0 175 lbs., Menlo-Atherton HS

Very under recruited for the potential and upside he possesses. A talented athlete that is tough to bring down in the open field, using speed, acceleration, and change of direction. As a passer, he has a good overall presence in the pocket and does a good job feeling pressure, he uses his quick release to get the ball out with accuracy. A true dual-threat QB that is an explosive playmaker with both his arm and his feet, he has one of the top wide receivers in the country and the #2 overall player in the Prep Redzone rankings to throw to in Troy FranklinTroyFranklin6'2" | WRMenlo-Atherton | 2021StateCA so expect big things from this duo in 2020.