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Top quarterback high schools

Mater Dei may be 'QB High,' but these eight high schools also have a storied history

Updated: January 19, 2012, 9:49 AM ET
By Mark Tennis | ESPNHS

Mark SanchezCasey Luksch/ESPNHSNew York Jets signal-caller Mark Sanchez got his start learning under renowned quarterback coach Bob Johnson at Mission Viejo (Calif.).

Mater Dei in (Santa Ana, Calif.) can rightfully call itself "Quarterback High." But these eight schools also have a history of producing top quarterbacks.

Central Catholic (Pittsburgh)

Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino is the school's most famous quarterback. Other top signal-callers produced by the school include former NFL starter Marc Bulger and current Pitt starter Tino Sunseri. Central Catholic's starter this fall, senior Perry Hills, has committed to Maryland.

Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.)

From 1993 to 2001, this was the nation's quarterback capital. Brock Berlin (who later played at Miami) passed for 4,834 yards in 1998; Phillip Deas passed for 4,656 yards in 1996; Josh Booty passed for 4,385 yards in 1993; and John David Booty (who later played at USC) passed for 4,330 yards in 2001.

Hart (Newhall, Calif.)

From 1985 to 2003, the Indians had an All-CIF Southern Section quarterback every season. Two of those are in the NFL -- Matt Moore with the Dolphins and Kyle Boller with the Raiders. Both Moore and Boller had to wait until they were seniors before they became starters at Hart. Another of those players, Kyle Matter, started at Stanford.

Mission Viejo (Calif.)

Coach Bob Johnson is known throughout the nation for his quarterback development. Former Diablo Mark Sanchez currently starts for the New York Jets, while Jordan Palmer, Carson's younger brother, used to play for the Cincinnati Bengals. Alum Allan Bridgford currently plays at Cal, while his younger brother, Alex, is Mission's Viejo's starter and a D-I prospect.

Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)

Coach Craig Bergman is a former quarterback at Arizona and certainly knows the position well. His quarterback from 2003, Kyle Wright, went on to play at Miami.

Other players who starred as signal-callers at Monte Vista include Brett Nottingham, who could replace Andrew Luck as Stanford's starter next season, and Drew McAllister, who's now a defensive back at USC. This year's starter, Jeff Lockie, is headed to Oregon.

Aaron Murray
Jay Carlson/ESPNHSCurrent Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is one of four signal-callers who has led Plant (Tampa, Fla.) to a state crown.

Plant (Tampa, Fla.)

Panthers coach Robert Weiner has produced a handful of state-championship quarterbacks during his tenure. Former Miami and Purdue signal-caller Robert Marve led the Panthers to a state title in 2006, current Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray guided them to a title in 2008 and current Alabama backup Phillip Ely quarterbacked them to the championship in 2009. Meanwhile, this year's QB, senior James Few, led the Panthers to another state crown in his only season as a starter.

Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)

Chase Daniel (Missouri, New Orleans Saints), Greg McElroy (Alabama, New York Jets), Riley Dodge (currently at McNeese State) and Kyle Padron (SMU) are among the players who've quarterbacked the Dragons. The team's latest star signal-caller, junior Kenny Hill, led the Dragons to a state title this season.

Westlake (Austin, Texas)

New NFL single-season passing yards record-holder Drew Brees is the most famous quarterback alum of the Chaps. They also had two who started this season at major colleges -- Nick Foles at Arizona and Tanner Price at Wake Forest.