As is usually the case, it's another deep year for quarterbacks in the West region. There may not be a Ben Olson or Kyle Wright in the group but top to bottom, there is a lot of depth at the position.
We love the intangibles Tuiasosopo has including his toughness and leadership skills. He does have good arm strength and showed at the Nike Camp in Oregon that he can make all the throws but it's his ability to improvise and make plays outside of the pocket that really separates him. Hinds is another player with great athleticism and has 4.4 speed in the 40. He has a big arm and although he's still very raw mechanically, has the kind of upside that makes colleges drool.
We watched Longshore as a junior and loved his arm but had concerns about his mobility. Those were answered this summer as the strong armed signal caller has worked very hard on his athleticism training with a sprint coach for the last five months. Hildebrand was the top signal caller at both the SoCal and NorCal Nike Camps. He's a fierce competitor who boasts a strong, accurate arm and has clocked a 4.66 in the 40 at one of the Nike camps.
1. Matt Tuiasosopo, 6-2, 205 Woodinville (Wash.)
Has the tools to be even better than his older brother Marques.
2. Rocky Hinds, 6-4, 205 Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernards
Great all around athlete with a nice, live arm.
3. Nate Longshore, 6-5, 225 Canyon Country (Calif.)
The best pure pocket passer in the region with great size and arm strength.
4. Brian Hildebrand, 6-2, 175 Corona (Calif.)
Top QB at both Cali Nike Camps.
5. Gary Rogers, 6-4, 210 Mukilteo (Wash.) Kamiak- Washington State
Has college size, arm strength and accuracy.
6. Eric Ainge, 6-5, 195 Hillsboro (Ore.) Glencoe
Has one of the strongest arms of any quarterback we've seen this year.
7. C.J. Bacher, 6-2, 175 Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit
A winner who does everything well and is just as dangerous with his feet.
8. Jacob Bower, 6-3, 220 Meridian (Idaho)
Had a strong Oregon Nike Camp showing off a huge arm.
9. Darren Bragg, 6-1, 180 San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine
Very live arm who we liked a lot at the NorCal Nike Camp.
10. Max Hall 6-1, 175 Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View
Had a great summer and his stock has really soared.
The Next 10:
11. Rudy Carpenter, 6-2, 185 Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake
12. Beau Davis, 6-3, 185 Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice
13. Ben Galbraith, 6-4, 210 Colfax (Calif.)
14. Paul Kruger, 6-4, 240 Orem (Utah) Timpanogos
15. Steven Harris, 6-2, 190 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
16. Kyle Carson, 6-6, 206 Longview (Wash.) Morris
17. Beau Hovland, 6-1, 175 North Medford (Ore.)
18. Alex Smart, 6-3, 205 Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si
19. Taylor Humphrey, 5-11, 205 Orinda (Calif.) Miramonte
20. Dan Ingle, 6-3, 210 Bakersfield (Calif.) Foothill
As was the case last year, the wide receiver position is the strongest in the region boasting five of the top 15 players in the West. This is also the position that could have the most change over during the season since there is very little separating anyone in the top 10.
Colvin was the MVP of the NorCal Nike Camp and then earned the same honor at Miami's football camp. He has a great combination of size, speed, hands and play making ability. Hawkins is not too far behind Colvin and is one of the more polished receivers in the group. He also could be the best in the region at being able to run after the catch and is the kind of player who can take a short hitch and run 80 yards for a touchdown. Jones has the best speed of the group and is the kind of receiver who has to be accounted for on every play. He can get behind any defense and has the talent to play early in his college career. Bumpus might be the best pure pass catcher in the group. He doesn't have the blazing speed of the others but runs very precise routes, knows how to get open and never drops a pass.
1. Cameron Colvin, 6-1, 190 Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Comes as close to a can't miss prospect as you can.
2. Lavelle Hawkins, 5-11, 165 Stockton (Calif.) Edison
Has all the tools to play early in his college career.
3. Derrick Jones, 6-1, 180 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
A true home run hitter and one of the fastest player in the country
4. Michael Bumpus, 5-11, 185 Culver City (Calif.)
Very dependable pass catcher with game breaking ability.
5. Anthony Vernaglia, 6-4, 215 Orange Lutheran (Calif.)
Great size and speed combo and could also end up on defense in college.
6. Austin Collie, 6-1, 180 El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge
Emerging as one of the elite prospects in the region.
7. Chancellor Young, 6-2, 205 Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
One of the most versatile players in the region and with tremendous speed.
8. Nathan Kimbrough, 6-1, 170 Santa Fe Spring (Calif.)- Arizona State
Not just an elite receiver but one of the best return men in the region.
9. Ryan Graves, 6-1, 160 Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice
Moving up the charts and should have a huge senior year.
10. Justin Shaw, 6-2, 195 Palmdale (Calif.)
Looked great at the SoCal Nike Camp, has plus size, speed and hands.
The Next 10:
11. Damon Morton, 5-10, 165 Riverside (Calif.) J.W North
12. Joey Munn, 6-3, 210 Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
13. John Peel, 6-1, 180 Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
14. Anthony Celestine, 5-10, 175 Ridgecrest (Calif.) Burroughs
15. Corion Cooper, 6-0, 175 Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista- Arizona
16. James Lewis, 6-0, 200 Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice
17. Sammie Stroughter, 5-11, 180 Granite Bay (Calif.)
18. B.J Dennard, 6-1, 175 Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
19. Akeem Jackson, 6-3, 170 Mesa (Ariz.)
20. Christian Bowens, 6-1, 175 Los Angeles (Calif.)