2023 QB Scott Lynch – Audubon HS (NJ)
Scott Lynch made the move back to his hometown of Audubon, New Jersey after lighting up opposing defenses for Northside Christian as a sophomore. The 6’3″ 205 pound multiple-sport athlete made a name for himself in football, wrestling, and baseball in the state of Florida during his short stay. Lynch ranked third in Florida for passing yards with 2,576. He threw for 31 touchdowns. Audubon went 7-1 during the shortened 2020 season. The Green Wave has some solid pieces returning that Lynch should be able to take advantage of this fall. He needs to improve his completion percentage (45.9%) and cut back on interceptions (20) significantly as a junior. If he can do those two things, his recruitment should explode. Lynch already has college-level size and arm strength. He moves well in the pocket and evades pressure when necessary while keeping his eyes downfield and finding his receivers.
2023 QB Zachary Pleuss – Ridge Community HS
Ridge Community went 5-5 in 2020 with a playoff loss to Steinbrenner, but they found a special talent at the QB position. As a sophomore, Zachary Pleuss completed 152 out of 249 of his passing attempts (61%) for 2,464 yards and 28 TDs, with just 6 interceptions as a sophomore. On film, you can see him reading the defense pre-snap before making some impressive completions. He is accurate with short and deep throws. His arm strength is a plus. The 6’ 170 pound moves well and can deliver strikes while rolling out of the pocket. He is not utilized in the run game, but evades with quickness and knows when to tuck it and get what he can.
2023 QB Luke Rucker – Seminole HS (Sanford)
As a sophomore at Oviedo, Rucker threw for 2,392 yards and 22 TDs. Statistically, he ended the season as one of the top QBs in 8A and in the state. Rucker found his target on 179 out of his 309 attempts (59%). He did turn the ball over, throwing 12 interceptions as he went 5-5 with a playoff loss to Lake Mary in 2020 as Oviedo’s starter. With Timmy McClain now at USF, Rucker has big shoes to fill at his new school. Seminole has a rugged schedule lined up for their new QB. Along with their usual rivals, they host some very talented South Florida teams this season with North Miami Beach and Chaminade-Madonna coming to Sanford. Another game to note will be on October 15th, when Seminole travels to Oviedo for a district match-up with his former school. On film, the 6’3” 195 pound QB displays solid arm strength and accuracy. He makes difficult throws look easy even when moving outside of the pocket.