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2022 Rising Star QB Jayden Denegal Is Taking It to the Max @jdtothemax22

It wasn’t all that long ago that 2022 QB prospect Jayden Denegal was just another southern California high school quarterback. That has since changed.

Denegal is now a 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound elite pro-style quarterback recruit who holds roughly a dozen FBS offers. His stock continues to rise as he has been extremely active in the offseason camp circuit.

Jayden Denegal throwing at the Elite 11 regional.

In early June, Denegal participated in the Elite 11 Regional held at Panish Family Stadium, the home of the St. John Bosco Braves.

More recently, the Apple Valley signal caller has been on campus at both Utah State and Fresno State. After the Utah State visit on June 17, Denegal was extended an offer by the Aggies.

The Process

Denegal’s recruiting began to take off late in 2019 during and after his sophomore season. In that season, Denegal completed 129-of-196 (65.8%) passes for 2,260 yards. He passed for a very impressive 34 touchdowns and threw just eight interceptions in 11 games.

His performance combined with his size put him on the radar of several big time Power 5 schools. The first school to come knocking was Auburn, which extended Denegal his first scholarship offer. Georgia followed not long after and with an offer from Arkansas Denegal hold three from SEC schools.

As quickly as his recruitment took off, the emergence of the coronavirus in 2020 slowed it right down. Denegal was unable to take any visits and get on campus to meet with coaches. The NCAA then extended its dead period to June 1 of this year.

With the dead period over, Denegal has been active with summer camps and on-campus visits. He hopes to have his commitment in place by this year’s early signing period which comes in December.

Scouting Report

Denegal is blessed with elite pro quarterback size at 6-5 and 220. His height allows him to use one of his greatest tools – vision. As a pro-style, pocket passer, Denegal uses his vision to locate open receivers, which he does very effectively.

Blessed with a powerful arm, Denegal has an uncanny knack for being accurate on downfield throws. The best quarterbacks are all on point in the quick game. The best of the best put the ball on the money on deeper throws as well. That is Denegal.

The one thing Denegal would like to improve is his running with the ball. In today’s style of offense, it is helpful for a quarterback to be able to use his feet to extend plays and to run the football when needed.

As a sophomore, Denegal ran the ball just 23 times for 14 yards. In his shortened junior campaign, Denegal ran 16 times for 80 yards and scored five touchdowns. While he may not have the fastest 40 time, it is evident on film that Denegal is a capable runner.

Jayden Denegal highlights from 5-game junior season.

The Future

Denegal will continue the process. That means continuing his preparation for his senior season at Apple Valley as well as continuing his scheduled summer college visits.

He remains one of the top uncommitted quarterbacks in the Class of 2022 but whoever lands Denegal will land one of the nation’s best.

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