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Vote: 2023 Georgia High School Football Quarterback of the Year

We give you 16 candidates to choose from
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It's playoff time for Georgia high school football and the Peach State is producing some of the best quarterbacks in the country. 

So which one has been the best in 2023?

We give you a list of 16 signal callers to choose from as we take a deeper dive into which quarterbacks have had the best 2023 season in Georgia High School Football.

Voting concludes December 31st, 2023.

Editor’s note: Our corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. This poll is specifically for fans to vote on the players that have been nominated and in no way discredits any other player that may not be mentioned in our poll.

Here are the nominations:

Dylan Raiola, Buford: The Georgia commitment has been everything the Wolves could’ve ever expected out of him. Raiola has completed 138-of-219 passes for 2,359 yards, 30 touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Aaron Philo, Prince Avenue Christian: Philo, a Georgia Tech commit, is well on his way to leading the Wolverines to another state championship. The quarterback has completed 227-of-329 passes for 3,131 yards and 43 touchdowns. 

Julian Lewis, Carrollton: The University of Southern California commit has had himself a very strong sophomore campaign. Lewis has completed 149-of-221 passes for 2,625 yards and 41 touchdowns and one interception. 

Neko Fann, Colquitt County: Fann has led the Packers to an undefeated mark in Class 7A and now the quarterback is playing some of his best football. The Colquitt County signal caller has completed 155-of-248 passes for 2,516 yards and 32 touchdowns. 

Luke Nickel, Milton: The University of Miami (FL) commitment has been one of the state’s most efficient passers on the season. Nickel has completed 187-of-285 passes for 2,688 yards and 26 touchdowns to just a mere two interceptions. 

Jeff Davis, Grayson: Davis hasn’t made too many mistakes at all this season, only throwing one interception. The Rams’ quarterback has completed 169-of-234 passes for 2,343 yards and 29 touchdowns. 

Jake Merklinger, Calvary Day: The Tennessee commitment has been stellar for the Cavaliers this season. Merklinger through 10 games has completed 110-of-152 passes (72 percent) for 2,144 yards and 28 touchdowns to just two interceptions. 

Kenneth 'KJ' Smith, Roswell: Though Smith might have the kind of yardage some other quarterbacks on this list have, he’s been just as good when it comes to scoring. The Roswell quarterback has completed 118-of-180 passes for 1,949 yards and 30 touchdowns. 

Jim Franklin, Aquinas: One thing you can’t challenge about Franklin is his overall toughness, as he dislocated his finger in the opening round and didn’t flinch. Franklin has thrown for 2,422 yards and 29 touchdowns this season. 

Darnell Kelly, Peachtree Ridge: The sophomore quarterback checks off all the boxes for what you want at the position. Kelly is mobile and pinpoint accurate at the position as he’s completed 193-of-313 passes for 2,426 yards and 26 touchdowns. 

Antwan Hill Jr., Houston County: Hill Jr. recently committed to the Colorado Buffaloes and there’s plenty to like about the signal caller. The quarterback has completed 186-of-282 passes for 2,521 yards and 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions. 

Rashawn Truell, New Hampstead: A pleasant surprise on the east coast has been the play of Truell this season. The New Hampstead quarterback has had a strong fall, completing 164-of-280 passes for 2,718 yards and 31 touchdowns to just four picks. 

Jeremy Hecklinski, Walton: Hecklinski, a Wake Forest commitment, has played as good as anyone this season. The quarterback has completed 149-of-241 passes for 2,725 yards, 35 touchdowns and just one interception. 

Ben Brown, Wesleyan: The Wesleyan signal caller has been one of the state’s more efficient quarterbacks. Brown has completed 186-of-304 passes for 2,734 yards and 35 touchdowns and just six interceptions. 

Rodge Waldrop, Brookwood: Waldrop set a state-record for a single game, throwing for 698 yards and nine touchdowns. On the season, the quarterback has completed 213-of-373 passes for 34 touchdowns. 

Reece Fountain, Rome: Fountain‘a numbers have certainly warranted entering the list after the kind of season he’s had. The Rome quarterback has completed 160-of-217 for 2,702 yards, 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions. 

-- Andy Villamarzo | villamarzo@scorebooklive.com | @sblivega