The class of 2009 at quarterback may be the deepest crop of passers the West has seen in some time, and the nation's premier prospect, Barkley, hails from the region, one of many Pac-10 bound passers from the group.
1. Matt Barkley, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- USC
The nation's top-ranked quarterback, Barkley enters his fourth year as the Monarchs' starting quarterback.
2. Richard Brehaut, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos - UCLA
A great spring and summer has firmly entrenched him as the #2 quarterback in the West.
3. Allan Bridgford, Mission Viejo (Calif.)- Cal
He too had a great spring and summer and is the next bigtime quarterback from the Mission Viejo quarterback factory.
4. Josh Nunes, Upland (Calif.)- Tennessee
Nunes has a good, strong arm and the brains to match it.
5. Taysom Hill, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland- Stanford
Was at his best at the Jim Harbaugh Academy and ended up being the quarterback the Cardinal landed.
6. Jordan Wynn, Oceanside (Calif.)- Colorado
A true winner, Wynn has the "it" factor and is looking to lead the Pirates to a second straight state title.
7. Joe Southwick, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley- Boise State
The top quarterback prospect in NorCal, Southwick is poised to lead his school to another CIF section title.
8. Cody Vaz, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's- Oregon State
What Vaz lacks in height, he makes up in smarts, mobility and pocket presence.
9. Jeff Manning, Logan (Utah)
The top quarterback prospect in the Beehive State, Manning is another winner, leading his team to a state title as a junior.
10. Sean Schroeder, Dana Hills (Calif.)- Duke
Despite lacking the talent around him, Schroeder is an accurate, precise passer who will excel under QB guru David Cutcliffe.
Top 5 Dual Threat
1. Tate Forcier, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Is the best quarterback from the Forcier family, and may have the strongest arm of any passer around.
2. Austyn Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep- San Jose State
His big spring was capitalized with top quarterback honors at the Los Angeles UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine.
3. Clark Evans, Los Alamitos (Calif.)- Colorado
Since his sophomore year, he's been drawing comparisons to Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and Evans is still improving
4. Taylor Martinez, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- Nebraska
Another phenomenal athlete playing quarterback, Martinez could be a safety for the Huskers.
5. Jeff Tuel, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West- Washington State
Committed to the Cougars despite not having started a high school game, Tuel is ready to emerge this fall.
The Next 15 (in alphabetical order):
Andrew Pulsipher, Temecula (Calif.) Temecula Valley
Caleb Herring, Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill- UNLV
Cameron Deen, Covina (Calif.) South Hills
Cayman Shutter, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou- New Mexico
Corey Nielsen, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr- Hawaii
Dasmen Stewart, Oxnard (Calif.)- San Jose State
David Fales, Salinas (Calif.) Palma- Nevada
Derek Carr, Bakersfield (Calif.) Christian- Fresno State
Jamie Jensen, Gilroy (Calif.)
Josh Moten, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Keith Price, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Washington
Matthew Schilz, Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha- Kansas State
Sean Berman, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
Tanner Rust, Lakeside (Calif.) El Capitan
Ted Landers, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Other Quarterbacks to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Ben Conlin, Westlake (Calif.)
Breck Lewis, Spanish Fork (Utah)
Chad Rasmussen, Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis
Colton Morrison, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino- San Diego State
David Gilbertson, Redmond (Wash.)
Desi Rodriguez, Saugus (Calif.)
Dex Lucci, Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Dustin Haines, Eugene (Ore.) South Eugene
Emir Lopez, Las Vegas (Nev.)
Ian Shultis, Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Jack Lomax, Lake Oswego (Ore.)
Jake Bernard, West Ranch (Calif.) West Ranch
Ken Johnston, Carmel (Calif.)
Levi Levasa, Tualitin (Ore.)
Lucas Schindele, Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep
Lyle Negron, Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley
Mason Magelby, Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro
Michael Leonard, Carlsbad (Calif.)
Morgan Fennell, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Nicolas Libonati, Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley
Tyler Bernard, Escondio (Calif.) Valley Center