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Top 10 IHSA quarterbacks heading into 2022 season

Top 10 IHSA quarterbacks heading into 2022 season
Williamsville High School quarterback Jake Seman was among the best signal-callers a year ago and should continue his strong play as a senior in 2022. (Credit: Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register/USA TODAY NETWORK)

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (BVM) – There is no more important position on the football field than that of the quarterback. When a team has a good one, its chances of winning are infinite. When they have a lousy one, the chances of winning become increasingly more difficult. For some programs, they are fortunate to be blessed with a signal-caller and in Illinois, the 10 best players under center have many accomplishments as well as high expectations heading into this season. Here are the top 10 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) quarterbacks heading into the 2022 season.

10. Robert “Tre’” Jones III, Sr., Oswego East

Starting the list is an elite quarterback from the Chicago suburbs. After being a standout at Marmion for his first two seasons, Jones transferred to the Wolves prior to last season and the team benefitted. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Jones led Oswego East to a 6-4 record and a postseason berth where they were bounced in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs. The No. 75 player in the state in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, Jones announced his commitment to the Naval Academy, bringing his unique blend of speed and arm strength to the Midshipmen.

9. Max Lynch, Sr., Pana

An all-state selection for the Pana Panthers a season ago, Lynch showed off his incredible athleticism frequently. A 2A All-State selection, Lynch threw for 1,563 yards, 19 touchdowns and just five interceptions while rushing for 1,323 yards and 20 more scores. At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, Lynch doesn’t have the usual big-bodied qualities that fans typically see in a quarterback but that didn’t keep him from an 11-1 record and an appearance in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

8. Aidan Gray, Sr., Naperville North

In what may be a surprise, Gray shows just how elite this group of quarterbacks is. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal-caller is the highest-ranked quarterback in the state by 247Sports and his stats certainly point to a player of elite talent. With 1,538 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 424 yards and six more scores, Gray proved he has all the makings of a top prospect as he led the Naperville North Huskies to the first round of the Class 8A playoffs. Gray decided he will stay in-state at the next level, committing to Chicago’s own Northwestern University in February.

7. Josh Holst, Sr., Marengo

Another high-quality signal-caller, Holst was a strong point for the Marengo Indians’ offense a year ago. During the season, Holst threw for 1,990 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 475 yards and five scores on the ground. A Class 4A all-state selection, Holst, unfortunately, wasn’t enough to get Marengo past the first round of the playoffs and eventual champions Joliet Catholic. However, at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Holst has shown enough to receive significant attention from Division I programs including Iowa State, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota State among others, though he is currently uncommitted.

6. Jake Seman, Sr., Williamsville

Seman knows how to throw the football, something that is sort of a family tradition as his dad and both of his uncles were once under center for Williamsville. As the saying goes, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as Seman looked incredibly comfortable as the quarterback for the Bullets. Throwing for 2,340 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for 820 yards and 13 more scores, Seman showed off his elite athleticism in his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. By the end of the season, Seman finished ranked No. 6 in the state in passing yards and led the Bullets to the Class 3A quarterfinals

Williamsville’s Jake Seman (4) tries to lunge forward but comes up short for a touchdown against Fairfield on a keeper in the second half during the second round of the Class 3A playoffs at Paul Jenkins Field in Williamsville, Ill., Saturday, November 6, 2021. (Credit: Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

5. Jake Stearney, Sr., Loyola Academy

Ranked as the No. 2 QB in the state behind Gray by 247Sports, Stearny had an even more successful season in 2021. Stearney threw for 1,994 yards, good for No. 15 in the state, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 528 yards and five more scores for Loyola Academy. The junior led the Ramblers to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the Class 8A state semifinals. In February, the quarterback committed to Division I Colgate University bringing yet another Illinois signal-caller out East.

4. Robert “Pops” Battle, Jr., East St. Louis

The first junior on the list, Battle showed an uncanny maturity for the Flyers a year ago. Battle, as only a sophomore, threw for 2,662 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 376 yards and six scores for an East St. Louis team that came one point short of a state championship in the Class 6A finals. Though still a youngster, Battle has gotten the attention of a few programs so expect him to continue excelling this fall.

3. Aiden Cyr, Sr., Hoffman Estates

Another quarterback who finished among the top finishers in passing yards in the state, Cyr also led the IHSA in passing touchdowns with a whopping 35. In total, Cyr threw for 2,882 yards, good for No. 3 in the state, 35 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for another score. The junior signal-caller led the Hoffman Estates Hawks to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Class 7A playoffs’ second round. Though not committed yet, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound prospect has earned invites to a number of camps over the past few months including to Central Michigan, Illinois State and Minnesota State, among others.

2. Ty Lott, Sr., Sacred Heart-Griffin

A 4A all-state selection, Lott was not only elite in his classification but also in the state as a whole, finishing with the second most passing yards in the IHSA. Finishing with 2,902 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and just one interception, Lott had an incredible 154.2 passer rating a year ago. In addition to his passing, Lott also added 374 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Another victim of Joliet Catholic, Lott’s Cyclones fell in the 4A title game, ending the season with a 12-2 record. Currently uncommitted, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Sacred Heart-Griffin quarterback has received a pair of NAIA scholarship offers and attention from Division I programs South Dakota and Western Illinois.

1. Wyatt Bohm, Sr., Mahomet-Seymour

Topping the list is the quarterback who finished with the most passing yards in the state a season ago. With 3,171 passing yards, 27 touchdown passes and nine interceptions, Bohm showed off his elite arm ability game-in and game-out. A Class 5A all-state selection, Bohm led the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs to an 11-1 record, only losing in the quarterfinals round of the playoffs. Given his performance last year, it is no surprise that the 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback has received some attention this offseason, visiting Division I programs Butler, Eastern Illinois, Illinois and Southern Illinois. 

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