The class of 2024 has a really solid group of signal callers across the Hoosier State. Four-star quarterback Danny O’Neil leads the way, however; there are several more names to know in this class. We had the opportunity to visit X-Factor Quarterback Academy in Westfield, Indiana, own and operated by quarterback developer Anthony Morelli. The former Penn State quarterback sat down with us and talked about some of the prospects he trains and where they project at the next level.

On this evening at X-Factor, a large group of athletes both quarterbacks and pass catchers are following the instructions of Morelli. Also in attendance were college coaches taking in the action. As a coach myself, first thing I noticed are the line leaders. No coincidence Cathedral High’s Danny O’Neil is up front, leading the way for his peers. Morelli credits O’Neil’s uncanny ability to know the quarterback position in and out. “Danny is one of the brightest minds I’ve been around” said Morelli. He noted that O’Neil can hop on any whiteboard and break down coverages, progressions and reads at any level. “He’s been playing the position since he was six” added Morelli. He followed up his statement with “He’s got IT”. It was very evident early on why the likes of Kentucky, Colorado, Indiana and Purdue have extended offers to O’Neil. For some recruiters, being 6-feet tall may be a drawback on recruiting O’Neil, however when you turn on the tape and watch him train, he can throw the football with the best of them. He flashed great timing, accuracy, touch and velocity when needed. O’Neil can make every single throw and that is coming from a NFL vet like Morelli.

O’Neil is very talented, but we wanted to get our eyes on some other guys who are on the radar or should be. Morelli told us to keep an eye on Jace Stuckey. A Triton Central rising senior, Stuckey was extremely sharp. He throws a very good ball and has a good frame at 6’3 190-pounds. Morelli said “I think he’s a MAC starter” when talking about Stuckey. Another player that Morelli said would be a starter in the MAC, was Avon High’s Mason Reynolds. Like O’Neil, he also led the way in drills and took command of the instruction shouted out by Morelli. We’ve had the pleasure to watch the maturation process of Reynolds since his middle school days. Now he looks the part of a FBS signal caller. He has a thick lower frame and the transition from hips to the throw is a product of the strength he has. The ball comes out fast and Morelli says he can throw anyone deep.

Other quarterbacks that caught my attention was Lawrence Central’s Bryson Luter. Another undersized prospect, Luter is a plus athlete at the position. He has the ability to keep plays alive outside of the pocket and make a good throw to keep the sticks moving. He threw the ball well at X-Factor and Morelli believes he’s worth a shot. Luter currently holds an offer from Eastern Kentucky. Malachi Allen is a sleeper in the class, but he has some tools that could position him well in the future for whoever takes a flier on him. Hamilton Heights quarterback Bodie Derrer is flying under the radar, and he should not be.

Some young guns to keep an eye on from the X-Factor training session: Bo Polston (Decatur Central, 26), Connor Cruz (Covenant Christian, 26), Connor Moreland (Speedway, 26), Bobby Metzger (Lafayette Central, 25), Oscar Frye (Brownsburg, 27) and Keegan Bouwkamp (Heritage Christian, 27).


Danny O’Neil1Cathedral
Tyler Cherry2Center Grove
Thomas Gotkowski3Ben Davis
Mason Reynolds4Avon
Jace Stuckey5Triton Central
Bryson Luter6Lawrence Central
Eli Edwards7Eastern Greentown
DJ Gordon8Park Tudor
Bodie Derrer9Hamilton Heights
Malachi Allen10Arsenal Tech


Nolan McCullough11Penn
Jarrin Alley12Bloomington South
Ryan Zimmerman 13Guerin Catholic
Justin Clark14Valparaiso
Cole Burton15East Central
Hunter Newell16Plainfield
Carson Kitchel17West Lafayette
Lucas Plummer18LaVille
Montez Jones19Lawrence North
Sebastian Boswell20Chesterton


Tanner BoydQBGibson Southern
Brock RiddleQBGreenwood Community
Elijah WagnerQBEvansville Bosse
Owen SmithQBMcCutcheon
Brady FisherQBMishawaka
Tristan RobertsonQBFloyd Central
Scott BalentineQBAndrean
Dontae PopeQBMerrillville
Caden GordonQBCastle
Clay McClellandQBCharlestown
Zander BrazelQBEast Noble
Carter WatsonQBSpeedway
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