Ely Looking at Changes

Earlier this month we brought you the story of Santa Barbara (Calif.) quarterback <b>Cameron Ely</b>. He named three favorites at that time, and now he tells Allen Wallace who he holds as his #1 school. His top two favorites are both programs undergoing change with new head coaches at the helm...

Santa Barbara (Calif.) quarterback Cameron Ely (6-6, 210, 4.8) says Stanford leads slightly over USC, Notre Dame, Cal and Oregon. None have offered.

"I'm pretty excited on Stanford and it's only a slight lead they got over the other schools in my top five," says Ely, from San Marcos Senior High School.

"I've been in contact with their coaches there the most. I think they want to see how I'll perform at some of these combines and camps that are coming up before they offer. Coach [Walt] Harris is from Pittsburgh and he's the QB coach over at Stanford now, so he must be a real knowledgeable guy. He seems ready to change Stanford and make it a contender with the other Pac-10 schools.

"USC is my #2 school. My sister actually goes there, but she doesn't play any sports. She's a junior right now. I like how they're back-to-back national champs. When Coach [Norm] Chow was there, I really loved what he did for the program. And I think Coach [Pete] Carroll is the best coach in college football right now.

"I also like the QB coach at Notre Dame (David Cutcliffe). He coached both Peyton Manning, when he was at Tennessee, and his brother, Eli Manning, when he was at Mississippi. I'd really like to be coached by someone like that. And coach [Charlie] Weis was a three-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots. So it would be great to be coached by him also."

Ely will attend the Junior Day at Stanford and plans to visit and camp at Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA this summer. He also wants to camp at Notre Dame over the summer, but that trip isn't certain.

"I want to attend the Elite 11 combine at Cal, but it's the same day as the Junior Day over at Stanford. If I can't make the combine at Cal, I'll definitely attend the Elite 11 combine at UNLV in June.

"If I get offered by one of these schools soon… who knows, I might just take it and commit right away. But it's really going to come down to who I get contacted by in the next few weeks or even months," explained Ely.

"My coaches have told me that I've got a real strong arm and I can throw the ball deep and accurately. I've also got good feet. I want to work on making my upper body a little stronger and gain some more weight."

In nine games Ely completed 133 passes out of 215 (61.9%), and threw for 1634 yards. He also had 13 touchdowns and had four picks. San Marcos went 3-8 on the season.

4.3 GPA/March 12 first-time SAT scores unreported

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