Nerdpod: QB Jayden de Laura just scratching the surface

Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura (7) tried to reach over the goal line for a touchdown in the first half against Mililani on Friday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

NERDPOD: Quarterbacks v1.0
The Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World’s Paul Honda breaks down some of the best quarterbacks in the state.

Jayden de Laura, Saint Louis

Measurables: 5-11, 183, c/o 2020

Crunch this: 7 games — Pass 126-169-3-1,948, 19 TD; Rush 56-198, 2 TD
Passing yards per game: 278.3

Completion rate: .745
Yards per attempt: 11.5

Passer rating: 204.93

Rushing yards per carry: 3.5

Rushing yards per game: 28.3

W-L: 7-0 (6-0 iLH Open)
Top 10 wins: Campbell, Bishop Gorman, Kamehameha, Kahuku, Punahou, Mililani

Top 10 losses:

Game by game / Passcode (¥ statistical values):
@ $Kapolei (Aug. 15) — 12-13-0-274, 2 TD; Rush 5-(-3), TD = ¥31.45 + $5.0 = ¥$36.45
@ $Campbell (Aug. 23) — 22-37-1-267, 4 TD; Rush 7-46, TD = ¥43.35 + $5.0 = ¥$48.35
$$Bishop Gorman* (Aug. 30) — 23-30-1-296, 2 TD; Rush 16-55 = ¥29.5 + $5.0 + $5.0 = ¥$39.5
$Kamehameha* (Sept. 6) — 10-12-0-175, 2 TD; Rush 8-52 = ¥19.7 + $5.0 = ¥$24.7
$Kahuku* (Sept. 14) — 14-19-0-156, 2 TD; Rush 6-47 = ¥35.45 + $5.0 = ¥$40.45
$Punahou* (Sept. 20) — 34-40-0-402, 2 TD; Rush 11-12 (2 FL) = ¥56.7 + $5.0 = ¥$61.7
$Mililani* (Sept. 27) — 11-18-1-378, 5 TD; Rush 5-(-11) = ¥50.15 + $5.0 = ¥$55.15
@ Farrington (Oct. 4) —
@ Waianae (Oct. 11) —
*Aloha Stadium

To date: ¥$306.3 / ¥$43.75 pg

The skinny: (Oct. 3) One day after committing to Washington State, Jayden de Laura is stoked. The Cougars run Mike Leach’s version of the four-wide offense, and it’s always interesting to see how the origins of the offense led to further innovation and adaptation in different parts of the country. How de Laura fits into Leach’s scheme will be interesting to follow in the coming years. His QBR is off the charts at nearly 205, which is more than 10 points higher than the efficient Marcus Mariota during his senior season (2010). It’s safe to say de Laura has more freedom, and he uses it. Because of that, there is slightly more risk, as the two fumbles against Punahou showed. But man, theres’t many QBs who can go to either sideline and extend plays like de Laura. The interesting thing, looking at his game-by-game numbers, is that he hasn’t really touched his ceiling yet. Part of this is because he has been replaced in blowout wins. But some of this is because defensive coordinators make sure to take away something. He ran 16 times against Bishop Gorman, and though a few of those attempts were actually sacks, that was his busiest game as a ballcarrier. The closest he came to maximum usage was against Punahou: 40 pass attempts, 11 rushes — and the turnovers. He also threw a pick against Mililani, a game that was a demonstration of how dangerous the run-and-shoot can be against single-safety or zero coverage deep. His ability to throw the intermediate pass and short pass accurately, along with the deep ball, make him an enormously underrated college prospect. I expect the rest of the Pac-12 to jump on board with offers, at least half the league, plus a few more offers from other conferences.

X factor: (Oct. 3) de Laura is always willing to buy more time, but for health sake, it might be best for him to chuck the ball out of bounds from time to time. He has done a very good job of sliding on first-down runs rather than take hits.

Legend: Passing
¥ point values per game
Completion +.25
Incompletion -.25
25 passing yards = 1 pt
200 yards = 1 bonus pt
300 yards = 2 bonus pts
400 yards = 3 bonus pts
TD pass = 6 pts
Int = -3 pts


  1. Bajie Boy October 4, 2019 11:42 am

    Committed to early, other conferences will definitely make offers, especially if St. Louis goes undefeated again and wins the open division. I understand his anxiety in not receiving offers from other name schools, but he has a lot of time to wait and choose. He needs to trust in his abilities, the offers will come.

  2. Katosan October 4, 2019 2:55 pm

    Why is Wazzu so bad? Their last 2 starting QBs are in the NFL with 1 starting.

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