I've seen what arguably can be called the three best quarterbacks in the Chicago area this season--Peter Badovinac of Loyola, Jon Budmayr of Marian Central and Charlie Goro of Maine South.
Budmayr is the best pure passer of them all.
At 6-1, he is a couple of inches shorter that the other two. And college coaches might cringe at his size and lack of foot speed.
But look at the film.
What a magnificent throwing arm, what confidence, what poise, what composure. No bubble passes, o screens, no shuffle passes, just down-the-field rockets.
In Saturday's 29-15 upset of Montini, in a wild second half in which he completed 20-of-27 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns, 11 of his completions went for 11 or more yards. He had one for 25 yards, one for 29 and another for 26.
Only a junior, Budmayr has another season to demonstrate his skills to college recruiters. Last year, he passed for more than 1,700 yards while leading Marian Central to second place in the Class 5A playoff. Despite missing nearly five games this season with a hamstring injury, he has passed for more than 1,400 yards in six games.
Marian coach Ed Brucker said he had never seen a better performance in his 35-year career.
Montini coach Chris Andriano, in his 29th season, said he couldn't recall a quarterback who threw the ball so well against his team.
"He doesn't have height but he throws a very nice ball and he has all the intangibles," Brucker said. "He knows the game very well and he keeps his composure. In all of my 35 years of coaching, he is as good as I've seen. He lacks the foot speed of some but when it comes to throwing the football, he is right up there with any and head of most."