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2021 Football Preview: Top 10 Quarterbacks
Who are the best signal callers to watch this year?
Published: 8/16/2021 11:45:18 AM
Brandon Baney
Content Manager/Broadcaster


As we head towards a new football season in the fall of 2021, is getting fans ready by unveiling the Top 10 players at each position.  These lists feature players from all corners of the state, and from all six classification levels.  Each week, we'll publish a new list of Top 10 players.  Here's the schedule:

July 5 (Offensive Linemen)

July 12 (Defensive Linemen)

July 19 (Running Backs)

July 26 (Linebackers)

August 2 (Wide Receivers/Tight Ends)

August 9 (Defensive Backs)

August 16 (Quarterbacks)

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 quarterbacks to watch out for in 2021.  These selections have been made by the editorial staff at, and are listed in alphabetical order by school.  We considered a wide range of factors when making this list, including individual stats, team success, All-State or All-Conference accolades, and college football recruiting buzz.

Carter Fortin, Cole Valley Christian (Sr.)

Fortin earned All-State honors a year ago, and has been busy on the summer camp circuit.  Standing at 6-3 and 205 lbs., Fortin had to make a lot of plays under pressure last season.  His stats (1,006 passing yards, 11 touchdowns) don't tell the whole story.  Fortin has a new offensive coordinator (former Boise State and NFL linebacker Shea McClelin), and if that duo can click, Cole Valley could be the biggest wild card in a wide open Western Idaho Conference this year.

Caden Young, Emmett (Sr.)

The 6-3, 185 lb. senior is the reigning Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year.  Young threw for 1,879 yards and 20 touchdowns last year, and was equally effective on the ground, rushing for 1,548 yards and 17 scores.  A true dual-threat quarterback, Young led the Huskies to a second-place finish in 2020.

Kurtis Adkinson, Gooding (Sr.)

Adkins is a big dude (6-2, 240 lbs.) and has a cannon for an arm.  He totaled 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air last year, and chipped in 1,603 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground.  Watching Adkinson team up with future University of Michigan tight end Colston Loveland will be appointment viewing this year.

Malakai Martinez, Meridian (Sr.)

Martinez has started at Meridian since his sophomore year, and the Warriors have steadily improved each year under his watch.  Meridian could be a sleeper in the Class 5A ranks this year, as Martinez and Davis Thacker (an Top 10 wide receiver) have the potential to light up the scoreboard.  A year ago, Martinez threw for 1,620 yards and 19 touchdowns, and has gotten plenty of hype on the summer circuit.

Ky McClure, Middleton (Sr.)

McClure stands 6-3 and 210 lbs., and has visited several Big Sky Conference campuses this offseason.  Middleton had a disappointing one-and-done showing in the Class 4A postseason a year ago, but with McClure and top receiver Tyler Medaris returning this year, Vikings fans are in for a treat in 2021.

Bridger Hatch, North Gem (Sr.)

The 1A school in Bancroft may be one of Idaho's best kept secrets, as several outstanding athletes have walked the North Gem hallways in recent years.  Hatch is simply the latest, as he earned All-State recognition a year ago.  Hatch only threw for 481 yards and 6 touchdowns, which doesn't seem like much, until you factor in what he did as a rusher.  He picked up 1,713 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground a year ago.

Jack Payne, Owyhee (Sr.)

There may not be a player with more high-college options that the 6-6, 195 lb. quarteback/small forward.  Payne has picked up several Division 1 hoops offers, and the way he glides on the basketball court is similar to the way he moves on the football field.  After playing the past three years at Boise High, Payne will play his senior season at brand new Owyee High School in 2021.

Tiger Adolpho, Rigby (Sr.)

Adolpho and his family moved to Idaho from Hawaii last season, and the Rigby Trojans are glad they did.  Adolpho threw for 1,841 yards and 17 touchdowns a year ago, and added 506 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground.  Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider that Adolpho missed time in the middle of the season with an injury.  Rigby is a heavy favorite to qualify for their third consecutive Class 5A championship game this year, and Adolpho is a big reason why.

Kaimen Peebles, South Fremont (Sr.)

Peebles threw for more yards than anyone else on this list a year ago, as he piled up 2,528 passing yards and 34 touchdowns.  He added 306 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, and has been busy on the summer camp circuit.  The only box left to check off for Peebles is a state title, and after defeating Class 3A champion Sugar-Salem in the regular season last year, Cougar fans have to feel good about their chances in 2021.

Brett Spencer, Weiser (Sr.)

The 6-0, 195 lb. Spencer originally was listed on our Top 10 Defensive Backs list, as he earned 1st Team All-State honors a year ago after intercepting 5 passes.  However, his stock as a college quarterback has skyrocketed this summer, prompting a change.  He already has received an offer from the Idaho Vandals, and that could just be the tip of the iceberg.


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