1. Ricky Town, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure- USC
2. Josh Rosen, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
3. Blake Barnett, Corona (Calif.) Santiago- Notre Dame
4. Jake Browning, Folsom (Calif.)
5. Brady White, Newhall (Calif.) Hart
There will be an endless debate over who's No. 1 on the list between Town and Rosen. The two are not just one and two out West, but the top two signal callers nationally as well and separated by just one spot in the overall national rankings.
In reality, they're 1A and 1B. You can't go wrong with either and both players can make a strong argument for the top spot. Rosen has the better physical tools in terms of arm strength and athleticism. Town is tougher, more of a leader and shows a little better poise in the pocket.
Both get plus marks for accuracy, although we give Town a slight edge there as well as being more consistent on the deep ball. Rosen has a lot more talent around him and had the better junior season as a result. Town was banged up and missed part of the year but, when healthy, was equally impressive.
The fun part of the debate is it will likely continue in college with Town already committed to USC and Rosen a heavy lean to commit to UCLA March 20 (In fact, we can't remember when UCLA and USC signed the #1 and #2 quarterback prospects in the nation, if ever).
Barnett is the fastest riser on this board and has made huge strides in the last year. He would not have even been a top-10 guy prior to his junior season but he improved in every area as a quarterback and, physically, might have the most upside on the list.
He's a dual-threat prospect who can really run but he has improved as a passer as well. He's a big kid, a lot taller than your typical dual-threat, with a live arm. He needs to tighten his release and improve his accuracy but we've already seen him make positive steps in that direction.
Browning plays in a great system but unlike previous Folsom quarterbacks, he's not a system guy. He has the size and arm strength to play at the high Div I level. He shows great accuracy and can make all the throws -- short, intermediate and down the field.
He can throw in the pocket or rolling out and the game just looks very easy for him. For the real good, cerebral, mature quarterbacks, the game slows down for them and that's how it looks for Browning. He shows poise in the pocket and plays with a calmness you love to see in a next level signal caller.
White is similar to Browning in that he puts up big numbers in a great system but his ability would translate very well to any college system. He's one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the country and throws with great timing and anticipation. He has a stronger arm than given credit for and throws with great touch on the deep ball.
He's also a good athlete who can make plays with his legs or buy himself time in the pocket. He never looks rattled and is the guy you want with the ball in his hands late in a game when you need a game winning drive. He's also a great teammate and leader and will stand in the pocket and take a shot in order to make a play.
Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park's Brett Rypien, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde's Sheriron Jones, Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado's Zach Gentry and Anaheim (Calif.) Servite's Travis Waller are next on the list and all are talented as well. Don't be surprised if a guy like Waller makes a big jump over the spring and summer -- he has a ton of natural ability.
National analyst Brandon Huffman contributed to this report