Perhaps it's the beginning of a beautiful rivalry, because in Scout.com's final rankings of the best quarterbacks in the west, a UCLA-committed prospect and a USC-committed prospect finish #1 and #2...
The class of 2009 at quarterback was one of the deepest crops of passers the
West has seen in some time, with four of the top five quarterbacks in the West
being selected to either the UnderArmour or U.S. Army All-American Games, led by
the nation's premier prospect, Barkley. Martinez's big senior season moves
him to the top of the dual-threat group
1. Matt Barkley, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei-
The nation's top-ranked quarterback, Barkley didn't have the stats he did as a
junior, but showed during the UnderArmour Game why he's the top-rated
quarterback in the country.
2. Richard Brehaut, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
Los Osos - UCLA
Brehaut doesn't have the arm strength that Barkley does, but he's got some of
the best touch you'll see from a quarterback and has excellent pocket presence.
Derek Carr, Bakersfield (Calif.) Christian- Fresno State
The younger brother of former #1-pick, David, Carr came into his own with an
outstanding senior year and shattered several passing records in the process.
4. Allan Bridgford, Mission Viejo (Calif.)-
Was one of the most prolific passers in California this year and played in U.S.
Army All-American game.
5. Josh Nunes, Upland (Calif.)- Stanford
Nunes shook off a hand injury to lead the Highlanders to the CIF-SS finals.
6. Joe Southwick, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon
Valley- Boise State
The top quarterback prospect in NorCal, Southwick was a First Team All-State
pick after another memorable season behind center.
7. Clark Evans, Los Alamitos (Calif.)- Colorado
Improved so much as a passer that we moved him into this group from the
dual-threat group. Had a great senior season.
8. Taysom Hill, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland-
One of the top quarterback prospects to come out of Idaho in years.
9. Cody Vaz, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's-
Vaz has the smarts and pocket presence you want in a quarterback and the
toughness to match.
10. Sean Schroeder, Dana Hills (Calif.)-
Was one of the most accurate passers in the West this season, the lefthanded
Schroeder blossomed in a new offense.
11. Jeff Manning, Logan (Utah)- Utah State
The top quarterback prospect in the Beehive State, Manning will be manning Gary
Anderson's offense in the future.
12. Jack Lomax, Lake Oswego (Ore.)-
The son of former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax, Jack was the top quarterback in
Oregon this year and joins Vaz in Corvallis.
13. Jordan Wynn,
Oceanside (Calif.)- Utah
Won two section titles and a state title in two years as the starting
quarterback at Oceanside.
Corey Nielsen, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr- Hawaii
Nielsen may not have the ideal height you want in a quarterback, but he's as
productive a passer as there is in the West.
Caleb Herring, Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill- UNLV
Herring won a pair of section titles in two years as a starter and went 14-0 as
Top 5 Dual Threat
1. Taylor Martinez, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- Nebraska
A phenomenal athlete playing quarterback, Martinez led Centennial to a
state title, doing it with his feet and arm.
2. Tate Forcier, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch-
The best quarterback in the Forcier family, Michigan fans are drooling over his
prospects in RichRod's offense
3. Austyn Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep- Wyoming
Carta-Samuels led the Bells to the CIF-CCS title, using his excellent accuracy
and quickness to keep defenses at bay.
Keith Price, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Washington
Overshadowed in his own league by Barkley, Price had a strong senior season and
really evolved as a passer.
5. Jeff Tuel, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West- Washington State
In only year as a starting quarterback, led the Eagles to the CIF-Central
The Next 10 (in alphabetical order):
Cayman Shutter, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou- New Mexico
Dasmen Stewart, Oxnard (Calif.)- San Jose State
David Fales, Salinas (Calif.) Palma- Nevada
Desi Rodriguez, Saugus (Calif.)- Air Force
Jamie Jensen, Gilroy (Calif.)
Josh Moten, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Kane Wilson, Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado- Utah State
Kipeli Koniseti, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Mason Magelby, Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro- Nevada
Matthew Schilz, Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha- Kansas State
Other Quarterbacks (in alphabetical order):
Adam Kennedy, Elk Grove (Franklin)
Ammon Olson, Sandy (Utah) Alta
Andrew Pulsipher, Temecula (Calif.) Temecula Valley
Anthony Vitto, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade- Eastern Washington
Ben Conlin, Westlake (Calif.)
Breck Lewis, Spanish Fork (Utah)
Cameron Deen, Covina (Calif.) South Hills-
Colton Morrison, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino- San Diego State
David Graves, Folsom (Calif.)- Hawaii
Emir Lopez, Las Vegas (Nev.)
Ian Shultis, Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Jake Bernard, West Ranch (Calif.) West Ranch-
San Diego State
Jason Mayer, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Trabuco Hills
Jordan Adamczyk, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon
Josh Hill, Portland (Ore.) Westview
Ken Johnston, Carmel (Calif.)
Levi Levasa, Tualitin (Ore.)
Lyle Negron, Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley
Nicolas Libonati, Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley- UNLV
Sean Berman, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake