Moving forward BC Interruption is going to look at how National Signing Day impacted the team by position group. Today let’s take a look at the quarterbacks.
Johnny Langan , 6-3, 225
Wayne, N.J./Bergen Catholic
Via BCEagles.com Press Release
“Named the 2017 New Jersey Player of the Year by News 12 after leading Bergen Catholic to their first Non-Public, Group 4 state championship since 2004 … played for head coach Nunzio Campanile at Bergen Catholic … passed for 2,103 yards and 23 touchdowns to go along with 825 yards rushing and 12 rushing touchdowns … finished his career with 4,789 yards passing, 1,452 yards rushing and a combined 69 touchdowns … rated as the No. 22 prospect in New Jersey and the No. 30 pro-style quarterback nationally by Rivals.com … listed as the Garden State’s 33rd-best player and the nation’s 45th-best dual-style quarterback according to 247Sports … rated the No 26 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and New Jersey’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback by ESPN Recruiting … as a junior, threw for 1,998 yards and 19 touchdowns to help lead BC to the state semifinals … team captain
Matt Valecce 6-5, 215
Mamaroneck, N.Y./Fordham Prep
One of the all-time passing leaders in New York prep history … top-ranked quarterback in New York and the nation’s No. 44 pro-style signal caller according to 247Sports … No. 15 overall prospect in the Empire State according to 247Sports … No. 1 quarterback in New York and the state’s No. 13 overall player by Rivals.com … ESPN Recruiting’s No. 1 quarterback in New York, New York’s 16th-best player overall and the nation’s No. 48 pro-style quarterback … News 12 All-New York City first-team selection as a senior … played for head coach Pete Gorynski at Fordham Prep … led the state of New York with 3,333 passing yards as a senior … threw 41 touchdowns and just seven interceptions during his senior season to help lead the Rams to the Class AA title game … Bronx Times All-Bronx honors as a sophomore, junior and senior … 2,416 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior … threw just three interceptions during his junior season to lead the Rams to the Class AA semifinals … top-three in New York history in career passing yards and 112 career touchdown passes … two-time all-state selection … News 12 High School Player of the Year … 112 career touchdown passes … team captain
Projected 2018 Returning Depth: Anthony Brown (So.), Matt MacDonald (R-Fr.), E.J. Perry IV (So.), Tate Haynes (R-Fr.), John Fadule (Sr.), Darius Wade (?)
Projected 2018 Two Deep: 1. Anthony Brown 2. E.J. Perry IV
Analysis: BC sorely needed to add some depth here, especially with Wade’s return being a possible question mark moving forward. If Brown is the starter next year, will Wade want to spend a post graduate year somewhere he can get more immediate playing time? Clearly, Langan who plays in a tough conference in New Jersey for Bergen Catholic is the more intriguing of the two, but dont’ count Valecce out. While New York isn’t necessarily a hot bed for quarterbacks, they have had some solid talent come out of the state the past few years. They are both very different quarterbacks, Valecce a pro-style and Langan more of a scrambler. Given that BC has been able to create offenses around both styles with Brown (scrambler) and Wade (pocket), the style shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Brown should have three more years of starting, and Perry looks to be the backup moving forward. But as we saw this year injuries can happen, and having 3-4 quarterbacks who could be ready is necessary for any team. Addazio probably will have them learn the offense for a year or two before they crack the two deep.