Football Recruiting: Quarterbacks

With one commitment, UCLA is looking for that second guy, and it isn't a done deal who that second guy will be. It could be Drew Olson, but it still could be Ben Olson, or even Isaiah Stanback...

The quarterback prospect list has actually shortened up in the last few months, due to UCLA zeroing in on its targets and UCLA now having one of its two quarterback scholarships remaining.

Matt Moore, 6-4, 180, Newhall (Calif.) Hart. COMMITTED. Scouts and coaches think he might be one of the best in the country when it's all said and done and he's sewn up for UCLA. He's big, has a cannon for an arm, is athletic, can run, and has good footwork and throwing motion. Moore just needs to gain some weight experience, not having started until his senior season. He's also pretty young, having just turned 17. When UCLA offered after his first game this season, he snatched up the offer, being a long-time UCLA fan.

Drew Olson, 6-2, 185, Piedmont (Calif.) High, Considered one of the best quarterbacks on the west coast, and listed commonly among the best in the nation. Olson looks very similar to Cory Paus: possibly a little bigger, but good accuracy, decent arm strength and great leadership. His father is a UCLA grad and Drew grew up a UCLA fan. Many thought he would pull the trigger and commit when he came to the UCLA/Ohio State game, but he held off. The official word is that he might want to take some visits, but there is still a prevailing thought that he could commit soon. If he wanted to commit, UCLA would take him and call it a day for quarterback recruiting. Michigan, Tennessee and Washington are the other considerations.

Ben Olson, 6-5, 200, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High. Considered the #1 quarterback prospect in the country, the lefty is big, athletic, has a great arm, great mechanics, and is a born leader. Olson hasn't performed very well so far for his senior season, but all the tools are there. It's thought to be between UCLA and BYU (Stanford is also involved), and just a month or so ago it looked like UCLA had the lead. Being a Mormon, recently the word is that BYU has the inside track for him. It also looks like he's now leaning toward taking his mission, which would be fine with UCLA. The latest news: Olson has told a few people close to him that he hasn't made a decision and UCLA is still in it. He might make a decision soon, without taking an official visit. But you could probably expect him to go to the UCLA/Washington game at the Rose Bowl in a couple of weeks.

Isaiah Stanback, 6-3, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield. One of the best athletes on the west coast, Stanback is the prototype of the new wave of quarterback: Big arm and fast legs. Stanback has said for a while that Washington and USC are his leaders, but UCLA is trying hard with him and is running in third. One unconfirmed report has Stanback already having arranged an official visit to UCLA in December. He did say for certain he will trip to USC.

Trent Edwards, 6-4, 185, Los Gatos (Calif.) High. Put up some of the best passing numbers in the state as a junior, Edwards is among the best two or three in the west and the top 10 in the nation. Long thought to be a heavy lean to Stanford, he still is. In fact, the prevailing thought is that if he had achieved a SAT score that was accepted by Stanford admissions he would have already committed to the Cardinal. UCLA is running second and if, in some quirky development, either another quarterback commits to Stanford or Edwards somehow doesn't qualify for Stanford (longshot), UCLA would be sitting pretty.

Matt Gutierrez, 6-4, 200, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. Hailed for two years as the best in the west, Gutierrez is now being over-shadowed by the other California talent. He has been slowed by a long-term wrist injury, and still really hasn't unleashed his full throwing motion this year. He visited a UCLA practice this spring and the Bruins offered him a scholarship recently. He has a big list of schools, but if UCLA recruited him hard, they'd have a chance.

Tim Brasic, 6-2, 185, Riverside (Ill.) Riverside-Brookfield. Probably the most prolific quarterback in the midwest as a junior, Brasic threw for over 3,000 yards and ran for almost a 1,000. His childhood favorite was UCLA, but Purdue and Ohio State are showing more interest than the Bruins at this point. But if UCLA went after him hard they could probably get him.

Zac Dahman, 6-2, 170, Keller (Tex.) Fossil Ridge. One of the bestin Texas, UCLA has kept a steady watch on Dahman and he has UCLA in his top or so. Also likes Virginia, Auburn, and Louisville.

Mark Borda, 6-3, 196, Allentown (Penn.) Bethlehem Catholic. Considered one of the best in the east, Borda has a strong arm to go along with good athleticism and quickness. He's on UCLA's to-watch list, while Borda likes Penn State,North Carolina, Tennesee and others.

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