Stanford Elite 11 QB Preview

Several of the West's top quarterbacks will be on hand in Palo Alto for the Elite 11 Regional Camp, including some prospects UCLA could be targeting...


Zach Kline at the 2010 Elite 11 Regional.
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It's a new setting for the ESPN Rise Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camp.

After years of being in Memorial Stadium on the campus of California in Berkeley, renovations to Cal's stadium has prompted the camp to move to the other side of the Bay, to Stanford, where Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp will be held.

And the home of the top quarterback in college football, Andrew Luck, will host several of the West's top passers, who hope to do what Luck did last year, win a BCS bowl game and make it to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

But first things first, as numerous top 2012 and 2013 quarterbacks hit the field in Palo Alto on Friday.

Of the top 15 quarterbacks in the West by Scout.com, 13 of them will be on hand at Stanford, and several more quarterbacks who want to be on that same list will also be throwing on Friday afternoon.

As the quarterback dominoes begin to fall, the top four quarterbacks are all recently and longtime commits, headlined by three top 10 quarterbacks.

Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley passer Zach Kline was the Accuracy Winner a year ago and then got to experience the big stage of the National Elite 11 where he was a ballboy in 2010.  The Cal commit was outstanding last spring at the Stanford NFTC, so he's no stranger to the fields in which he'll be passing.

The top quarterback in the West is Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral passer Connor Brewer.  The Texas commit will try to maintain his slot as the region's best all year long, and Friday will be a good chance for him to showcase the arm that Mack Brown and Bryan Harsin eagerly want, and keep the title of West's Best Quarterback in the state of Arizona for the second year in a row.


Concord (Calif.) De La Salle four-star quarterback Bart Houston
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Concord (Calif.) De La Salle quarterback Bart Houston is one of the premier quarterbacks in the country and the NorCal standout, who comes from the same league as Kline, will look to cement his status as California's best.  Houston, who verballed to Wisconsin earlier this month, looked good a year ago in Berkeley and looks to do the same.

Mercer Island (Wash.) signal-caller Jeff Lindquist is the top passer in the Northwest in this class, recently picked hometown Washington, over Stanford, but now comes back to the school he spurned, and where his brother plays baseball, to thrust himself into the mix for the discussion of West's best.

Colorado's top quarterback in this class is Denver (Colo.) Mullen's Cyler Miles, who was very impressive at the U.S. Army Combine.  Miles, a Scout 300 member, is the top skill prospect in the Rocky Mountain State.

Travis Wilson from San Clemente (Calif.), comes into the Elite 11 as the most recent commit, choosing Utah earlier this week.  The top quarterback in Orange County first caught our eye a year ago as a sophomore, at the Los Angeles NFTC.

Eagle (Idaho) quarterback Tanner Mangum is the top prospect in Idaho this year and he committed to BYU last month.  Also a member of the Scout 300, Mangum is a stellar dual-threat quarterback.

Yet another commit heading to Stanford is Moorpark (Calif.) passer Grant Rohach.  The top quarterback in Ventura County, Rohach will play in the Big 12, having committed to Iowa State earlier this spring.

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Marc Evans, though, will challenge Rohach for the 805's top passer, and looks to continue on in his strong spring, which included Co-MVP honors at the Badger Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas, where he helped Team B2G win it for the second year in a row.


Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney quarterback Jake Rodrigues
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A year ago, arguably the best underclass quarterback at Berkeley was Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney's Jake Rodrigues.  One of the top passers in a loaded year in NorCal, Rodrigues is coming off a strong showing at the Passing Down 7on7 Tournament held in his hometown a week ago.

Fresno (Calif.) Central quarterback Mike Baker is Central California's top quarterback prospect in the 2012 class and he too was in Berkeley a year ago and had a nice showing there.

Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral quarterback Matt Morin was the QB MVP at the Los Angeles NFTC and he too has been very good this spring.

Rounding out the top 15 group is Mission Viejo (Calif.) quarterback Alex Bridgford, who helped the Diablos to the CIF-SS Pac-5 finals.  His coach, Bob Johnson, is the quarterback coach at the Elite 11 and his brother, Allan, is a quarterback at Cal, so he's no stranger to this setting.

There are numerous quarterbacks who are yearning to make a move and be mentioned amongst the best in the region.

One quarterback who has often been overshadowed is Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista's Jeff Lockie.  Lockie plays in the same league as Houston and Kline and actually earned First Team All-League honors ahead of them a year ago.  The previous Monte Vista quarterback, Brett Nottingham, is now at Stanford.  Lockie wants to continue Monte Vista's pipeline to the college ranks.

Granite Bay (Calif.) quarterback Brendan Keeney had a great junior year and is another top Northern California prospect, and he's hoping to catapult into the offer category.  Keeney has good size and good junior film and could see his prospects rise even more this spring.

Arcadia (Calif.) quarterback Myles Carr has had a very good spring himself, particularly on the 7on7 circuit and he would like to land his first offer. Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt's Aaron Crone is in the same boat, and helped lead his 7on7 team to the semifinals at the Badger Elite 7on7.

Another quarterback we saw a year ago was Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon's Jonathan Jerozal, who has had two productive seasons in a row and is looking for his first offer.  Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview's Tyler Ferguson has blossomed into one of Central California's best too.

Orange County is a good stable for quarterbacks and a rising prospect there is Jake Hall from San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra.  Hall is a good-sized passer with a good arm.

Other 2012 quarterbacks to watch include Redding (Calif.) Enterprise's Alex Henderson, San Jose (Calif.) Leland's Jason Habash, Los Alamitos (Calif.) Dylan Lagarde, San Diego (Calif.) Madison's Chase Knox, Hilmar (Calif.) Andrew Olson, Fairfield (Calif.) Vanden's Ben Scott, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Logan Scott

A few of the West's top 2013 quarterbacks will be on hand, led by quarterbacks from two perennial powerhouses, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.  Skyline's Max Browne threw for over 4,000 yards as a sophomore while Oaks Christian's Luke Falk just moved to Southern California from Utah.  Both already have verbal offers, Browne from Washington and Falk from Florida State.

Other top 2013 prospects to watch include Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln's Zach Greenlee, Reno (Nev.) Chad Savage and Modesto (Calif.) Downey's Aaron Zwahlen.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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