Update on QB Nate Longshore

One of the best quarterbacks in the west -- who has a pretty low-key profile -- is Canyon Country Canyon's <b>Nate Longshore</b>. His recruiting is quietly going very well, and he gives us an update on where it stands...

The Santa Clarita Valley has traditionally been a breeding ground for stellar quarterbacks. A trio from the area started in the Pac-10 last year, Cal's Kyle Boller, Stanford's Kyle Matter and UCLA's Matt Moore. While those three were from Hart High School, the Santa Clarita Valley has another star-in-the-making at quarterback, Nate Longshore, and this one happens to be from Canyon High School.

"We have some good players here at Canyon," said Longshore. "Our coach (Harry Welch) has it down, he knows what he is doing. He is old school here."

And Longshore is one of those good players, and ready to carry the tradition of elite quarterbacks from the area. Scouts believe he could be one of the two or three best quarterbacks in the west and even deserving of being ranked nationally. He's got good size, at 6-4 ½ and 225, is mechanically very sound and has an accurate, strong arm. As a junior, Longshore threw for over 2,100 yards and 18 TDs while rushing for 6 TDs.

And Longshore is still very early on in his learning curve. He has only been playing quarterback in high school since his sophomore year, not playing as a freshman. "I played one year of tackle football growing up and flag football for a year. Flag was more fun since you got to throw more."

He is presently hearing from around 40 schools (the whole Pac-10) and currently has a top 10 of UCLA, USC, Colorado, Oregon State, California, Arizona, Washington, Washington State, Michigan and San Diego State.

"I have 9 offers right now, some big schools, some smaller ones, but I know they are there," said Longshore. "I'm also interested in Florida, I would love to go down there for a visit and see what Florida is like. And seeing how Kyle Boller had a good senior year has me interested in California."

UCLA assistant coach Gary Bernardi is recruiting Longshore and has made an impression. "He is a cool guy, he comes around a lot, is social with us," said Longshore.

He also has been impressed with head coach Karl Dorrell – through some Bruin sources. "I talk to Manny White, he's from around here, and he really likes Coach Dorrell. He says he is a good guy, good coach to play for and I think he is going to turn things around. I like him. UCLA is definitely a school I am looking at."

One thing Longshore isn't afraid of is competition. "I wouldn't mind if a school had 10 quarterbacks on its roster. It would just make me go out and work harder. No matter what, you have to compete. Competition makes you better."

He has no plans for any camps this summer, even turning down a chance to go to the Elite 11. Instead, he plans to focus on leading Canyon to a strong season, his last in the prep ranks. He said, "We have a good summer program here, and I want to focus on my senior year."

Academics is also an area where Longshore excels. He currently holds a 3.4 GPA and scored an 1190 on the SAT. His plans to major in business in college, so a school with a good business program is a plus. But if a school doesn't have that, he could try his hand at engineering. "I want to own a car company when I get done with football. My brother has one so its something I want to do."

Longshore doesn't have a timetable at the moment for his decision, but knows when the decision is to be made, it's made. "Before, I said I would wait, but I think when it feels right, I will make the decision. But I am in no real hurry."

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