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Quarterbacks are switching schools, with the number at 11 and climbing

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Sherman Oaks Notre Dame quarterback Zachary Siskowic is one of at least 11 quarterbacks who have switched schools since the 2019 season ended. He’s now at Crespi.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

If it’s January, it must mean that high school football transfer season is in high gear for quarterbacks.

The count has reached at least 11 for those who hope to play quarterback at new schools.

The latest is Ashley Tucker, who was the backup at Narbonne to Jake Garcia. He’s now at Warren. Garcia left for La Habra.

One of the first to leave for the new semester was sophomore Zachary Siskowic, who left Sherman Oaks Notre Dame for Crespi. Harvard-Westlake’s backup quarterback, Evan Roderick, is also at Crespi.

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St. John Bosco junior varsity quarterback Lachlan Rosmalen went to San Clemente. Backup Sierra Canyon quarterback Amari Powell went to Oaks Christian. St. Francis quarterback Jack Clougherty is now at Muir. Alhambra quarterback Noah Rodriguez went to Monrovia. Garfield quarterback Jonathan Bautista left for Sierra Vista.

Gardena Serra backup quarterback Justyn Martin left for Inglewood. Calabasas backup quarterback Dylan Gebbia returned to Bishop Alemany, which he attended as a freshman.

Santa Ana Mater Dei hasn’t picked up a quarterback yet, but the Monarchs got a top running back, Raleek Brown, from Stockton Edison, and a good lineman from JSerra, Ross Maseuli, who also played one year at San Diego Cathedral Catholic.

Sierra Canyon added receiver Elias Larry, linebacker Ezekiel Larry and running back Anthony Spearman from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, plus lineman Kejani Swanson from St. Francis. Inglewood picked up sophomore running back Taariq Al-Uqdah from Narbonne. Alemany has linebacker Jake Moore from Notre Dame. Servite got tight end Keyan Burnett from JSerra. St. Bernard, which could be hiring Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas, picked up standout safety New Zealand Williams and defensive tackle Siale Suliafu from JSerra.

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And this is just the beginning. Most of the transfers will take place when the spring semester ends and parents weigh whether their sons are going to be starters.

It’s life in 2020. There were nearly 16,000 transfers in California the last school year. Players are eligible immediately if they change residences. They also have a one-time sitout period if they don’t move that lasts about five games.


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