Ask the Editor: Who is the best QB in the state?

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Last Updated: October 19, 20234 min read

From the Ask the Editor hotline, John J. in Tulsa wants to know from the VYPE + team, who they think is the best QB in the state. Shockingly…no one agrees!


Carl Albert’s Kevin Sperry is QB1 for me. He’s the most polished, poised and technical of the bunch. Especially having played against Texas large-school defenses his freshman and sophomore year, he’s the most ready to play at the Division I level of all of the state’s big-time quarterback recruits. Of others I’ve seen in-person this year, I’ve been really impressed by Union’s Shaker Reisig and Deer Creek’s Grady Adamson, while Heritage Hall’s Andy Bass is probably the best athlete playing the quarterback position.


Maybe I get to see Shaker more than these other QBs, but for me, I would say Shaker Reisig. He is coached by Duc Maddox, who in my opinion, is the best QB/OC in the state. When you couple Shaker’s talent with the coaching of Maddox, I think you get the most college ready QB in the state. I give Heritage Hall’s Andy Bass the No.2 spot. Bass is a proven winner and brings next level athleticism to the field. 


Major Cantrell from Washington I think makes a legit argument for the title of best QB. He’s a dual threat QB who has a good arm and can run on designed plays. He currently holds a couple of PWO offers from Tulsa and Iowa State. Cantrell broke a school passing record in the Warriors 51-0 win over Community Christian.


I believe Luke Milligan is one of the best, if not the best quarterback in Oklahoma. After filling in the shoes of Max Brown, who now plays at Florida University, Luke threw for 40 touchdowns, 3,460 yards, and completed 70 percent of his passes as a junior last season. This year, Luke has led Lincoln Christian to an undefeated start while having a 6-1 touchdown to interception ratio. He also averages over 200 yards per game passing and holds a QBR of 141.6. He is a very talented player that will likely make some noise at the next level.


I’ll take Heritage Hall’s Andy Bass as the best quarterback in the State of Oklahoma. A year ago as a junior for the Chargers, Bass completed just under 63 percent of his passes for 2,833 yards with 28 TDs and 8 INTs. He also accounted for 970 rush yards with 17 TDs. This season he’s on pace to be even better. Halfway through his senior season Bass completed 72 percent of his passes enroute to over 3,000 yards with 16 scores and a single pick. He was gaining 14 yds/carry with 9 rushing TDs. A 30 Pass Touchdown/20 Rush Touchdown season while completing over 70 percent for 3,000 yards while rushing for over 1,000 yards would be astounding. Oh yeah. His team is undefeated in search of back-to-back Class 3A state titles. Wrap all that up in a ball and that’s why I think Andy Bass is Oklahoma’s best quarterback.


There’s Only 1 – Jamarian Ficklin. Oklahoma has a treasure chest full of athleticism and leadership at quarterback, but from my viewpoint, Muskogee’s Jamarian Ficklin deserves to be mentioned in Oklahoma’s best. Since stepping into the starter’s role as a freshman, “BYRD” has the Muskogee Roughers’ offense flying at championship levels. In his 29 games, the left-handed junior has completed 80 career TD passes totaling over 7,130 yards. This year the 6-2, 185-pound multi-sport athlete has completed 87 of 126 attempts totaling 1,910 yards and 22 scoring strikes. With his feet, the field general of the Roughers has raced into the endzone six times totaling 423 yards as a dual-threat quarterback. An all-around talent on the gridiron, Ficklin is averaging 41.3 yards per punting attempt and last week against Tahlequah grabbed an interception and sprinted into the endzone on the pick-6. Ficklin has been drawing recruiting interest from power-5 colleges but for now his interest is to lead Muskogee to the Class 6A-II state championship.

You can make a strong case for Wagoner quarterback Kale Charboneau, after guiding the Bulldogs to the Class 4A championship last year, the 6-0, 215 junior continues to create game changing moments as Wagoner remains undefeated and ranked number-1 in Class 4A entering the final three weeks of the 2023 season. In seven games, Charboneau has completed 113 of 172 passes totaling 1,451 yards and 9 scores in addition to rushing for 368 yards and 10 touchdowns. A championship level wrestler, Charboneau rarely comes to the sidelines going both ways where at linebacker he has charted 63 tackles including 18 tackles for loss where after each stop Wagoner fans will chant…”that’s our Quarterback.”

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