Haddix confident in Boyle’s Quisenberry for next season

Published 6:30 pm Thursday, February 8, 2024

He might be a bit biased, but Boyle County coach Justin Haddix believes versatile junior Montavin Quisenberry will be the best high school football player in Kentucky next season.

“I don’t think there is any doubt he is the best based on what he’s done in the last two years,” said Haddix. “Every time he has been on the field, for a game or at a camp, he has dominated.

“He might win the look contest to some players but once you start playing it is a different story. He is one of the best players I have ever coached.”

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The 5-10, 175-pound Quisenberry has helped Boyle go 29-1 the last two seasons and win two state championships. He plays a variety of positions on offense and is a regular in the defensive secondary.

He has 10 scholarship offers, including Kentucky, national champion Michigan, Ole Miss, West Virginia and Louisville.

“We still have a lot of coaches coming in to see him,” Haddix, who had UK coach Mark Stoops and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow visit last week, said. “We’ll wait a few more weeks to see his summer schedule. He would like to commit before the season.”

Quisenberry has already put up some amazing numbers:

2023 — He caught 43 passes for 864 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for 800 yards and 18 more scores while averaging almost 10 yards per attempt. He also returned three punts and two kickoffs for scores to finish the season with 210 points. On defense, he had 51 tackles, four tackles for loss and two interceptions.

2022 — He had 57 receptions for 833 yards and 13 scores and ran 96 times for 1,009 yards and 10 more scores. He returned three kickoffs and three punts for scores to finish with 174 points. On defense, he had 36 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

2021 — As a freshman he played quarterback at Garrard County and completed 90 of 130 passes for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,501 yards on 19 scores on 162 carries. On defense, he had 34 tackles, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions.

That means going into his senior season he has scored 510 points. He has run for 3,310 yards and averaged almost 10 yards per carry over three seasons along with having a 1,000-yard passing season as a freshman. The last two years at Boyle he has 100 catches for 1,697 yards and 22 scores. He has six punt return touchdowns and five kickoff return touchdowns the last two seasons.

If that’s not enough, he has 121 tackles, eight interceptions and four fumble recoveries on defense.

Those numbers are why Stoops and Marrow visited Boyle County to make sure Quisenberry knew he was a “priority” recruit for them.

“They really like how slippery he is and all he does. They say he reminds them of (former Western Hills/UK star) Wan’Dale Robinson. He’s actually a little bigger than Wan’Dale was in high school. I watched some film of Wan’Dale when I was scouting against Boyle and he had one big game against Boyle. A lot of our coaches here think it is a great comparison which is pretty awesome since Wan’Dale is now in the NFL.”

Haddix is hoping Quisenberry, who is playing basketball, can add some weight/muscle before  next season and also improve the 4.5-second time in the 40-yard dash he ran at camps last summer.

“You always want to get faster and more explosive,” the Boyle coach said. “He is a hard worker and made great improvement from his sophomore year to junior year when he got more physical. I see another jump coming.

“I think he is quicker than he is fast. You can’t tackle him in a phone booth because he is so shifty. He doesn’t lose any speed when he puts on his pads. He is still raw as a receiver and still has a lot of growth to make as a receiver.”

Some college coaches like Quisenberry  more on defense than offense. Clemson told Haddix he could be a slot receiver, safety or cornerback.

“He is a dynamic player. He likes offense but he is a hell of a defensive player,” Haddix said.

Haddix knows Quisenberry will play both ways again for Boyle in the 2024 season when it goes for another state title.

“His role on offense is to be determined. My job as a coach is to get the best players I can on the field. He could move around and play different positions,” Haddix said. “He could play quarterback, running back, any of the receiver spots.

Quarterback Sage Dawson and running back Avery Dawson, leaders on the 2022-23 state title teams, both graduate. Haddix said he knows there will be at least certain packages for Quisenberry at quarterback.

“I am not saying he will be the only full-time quarterback but there will definitely be packages for him. I would be crazy not to take advantage of all he can do,” Haddix said.