For college coaches, it’s a smorgasbord and they needed to simply take their pick. They came from near and far trying to snatch up a quarterback. While there were many coaches only a few succeeded.
From a historical standpoint, this group of senior quarterbacks may be the best California has seen. Ever.
The position is loaded with plenty of top names headed to big time universities. The headliners: St. Bonaventure’s Ricky Town (USC commit), St. John Bosco’s Josh Rosen (UCLA), Hart’s Brady White (Arizona State), Servite’s Travis Waller (Oregon), Rancho Verde’s Sheriron Jones (Florida), Corona Santiago’s Blake Barnett (Alabama), Upland’s Tyler Hilinski (Washington State), and San Clemente’s Sam Darnold (USC).
Town, according to some publications, is the best player in the country regardless of position. However, there are some who say there isn’t a better quarterback in this class than Rosen. He’s supreme in the passing game and underrated as a runner.
Meanwhile, there are others who look at Barnett and say he’s the guy, hands down. Barnett won the Elite 11 over the summer and is as accurate as they come.
White can do just about anything while no one has enjoyed a better offseason than Waller or Darnold. The Orange County quarterbacks both saw their respective stocks soar in the offseason.
Jones is labeled a dual-threat but is comfortable in the pocket and an excellent thrower, who isn’t a pupil of any big-named quarterback coach. He’s worked primarily with his head coach, Pete Duffy, to make himself into one of the best QBs in the nation.
Hilinski is next in line in a family of quarterbacks. Older brother, Kelly, started some at Columbia last season.
The 2014 season will be like one we’ve never seen, largely because of the great play at quarterback, which is why this is The Year of the Quarterback.