As a junior, Tallmadge quarterback Anthony Gotto passed for 2,397 yards and 16 TDs. He added 400-plus yards and four TDs on the ground.
TALLMADGE, Ohio -- Tallmadge junior Anthony Gotto was voted as the Most Valuable Quarterback on Saturday at the National Underclassmen Combine 5-Star Showcase held in Cincinnati.
Gotto, a three-year starter at quarterback for the Blue Devils, was one of the 100 top high school football players in the Midwest invited to the combine which featured a variety of skills, one-on-one and simulated game-situation drills and competitions.
He was given the award by the National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) staff featuring players from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Indiana.
“Anthony is certainly one of the best quarterbacks I’ve had the opportunity to coach,” said Tallmadge football coach Joe Vassalotti. “He is working extremely hard to prepare for his senior year and is poised to be one of the most productive quarterbacks in all of Northeast Ohio next season. I’m not surprised that he garnered the attention, and that will certainly continue as he returns for his fourth year.”
The 6-foot, 190-pound Gotto led Vassalotti’s Blue Devils to consecutive Suburban League Championships in 2010 and 2011. Tallmadge (9-3) won nine in a row in 2011 before losing to Aurora in the state Division II Region 5 semifinals.
As a junior, Gotto, who is garnering good attention as a dual-threat prospect, passed for 2,397 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for four more scores and more than 400 yards. With him under center for another season, Tallmadge will once again be viewed as one of the better teams to watch in the region,
NUC President Dave Schuman describes the showcase as a gathering of the top 100 high school players in each region.
"It's an opportunity to have the top players in each region showcase their skill sets and compete against the best in the country," said Schuman. "Last season, all the MVPs ended up receiving D-I scholarships. Ninety percent of players in the top five at each position received scholarships. It's a fantastic opportunity to get evaluated by (multiple national scouting services) all in one place."