The crop of talent in the 2010 Central Cali class is not quite as rich as the 2009 class that featured T.J. McDonald, Derek Carr, Travis Brown, Cliff Harris, and Rolando Jefferson. Furthermore, the ranked players in the region rated at least three-stars by Scout.com did not attend. Nonetheless, there were a number of quality prospects including some of the best quarterbacks the Central Valley has seen.
Kingsburg (Calif.) quarterback Tyler Bray has seen his stock rise this spring. The nearly 6-foot-7 signal caller has put his baseball and basketball careers on the backburner to concentrate on football. He has added 15 pounds in the offseason putting him at 190. His goal is to be at over 200 pounds by the start of the season. Regardless of his weight, Bray can throw the football. His basketball experience is evident in his footwork. Despite his lanky frame, he showed impressive arm strength and good accuracy during Tuesday's camp. He already holds an offer from Fresno State, and he will camp there this weekend and at USC's Rising Stars Camp next week. No question, he is one of the top quarterbacks in California in the 2010 class.
Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler (6-2, 197) is one of the top quarterbacks in the state regardless of class. The 2011 prospect will likely be one of the most sought after recruits in the West next year. His technique and touch are remarkable for high school sophomore. He cannot pick up any official offers until September 1, but he will likely garner a few verbal ones before the summer is over.
Fresno (Calif.) Bullard quarterback Kerr Taubler (6-3, 206) used Tuesday's camp to try to move up the Aztec's board. He is smart quarterback – he holds a Yale offer – with some wheels. Taubler looks best rolling out and throwing on the run. With his 4.64 speed, he has the ability to run the speed option and zone read which we saw him do at last weekend's Fresno State team camp. We liked him at the Scout.com San Francisco Scout.com Combine, and he continued to impress us at SDSU's camp.
Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan's Lance Orender is another quarterback who impressed us in San Francisco that continued to look good on Tuesday. With his 6-foot-5 frame, he can survey the field with ease. He is not going to wow you with his arm strength but he has a good delivery and is consistent.
Probably the most underrated signal caller at the camp was Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union's Adam McCurley. At just a hair under six feet, he doesn't get the attention he deserves. He is extremely athletic and showed a live arm on Tuesday. While football coaches are taking a wait and see approach, McCurley already has garnered a baseball offer from California. Furthermore, he has a very good chance to be a high draft choice in next year's MLB Draft.
But quarterbacks were not the only prospects that caught our eye.
It was our second time in a week watching Visalia (Calif.) Redwood linebacker Taylor George. And, for the second time this week, we realize his future at the next level is not as a MIKE backer. He worked out with the defensive linemen on Tuesday and held his own. With his 6-foot-4, 245-pound frame, he has great size and potential as a down lineman.
Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan's Kyle Papendorf (6-4, 258) is one of the best defensive linemen in Central Cali. He has 4.9 speed, and he showed enough quickness to get around tackles from the end spot. On the offensive side of the ball, 6-foot-5, 280-pound Paso (Calif.) Robles tackle Eric Bilderback more than passed the eyeball test.
Athletically, Fresno (Calif.) Sunnyside safety Jacob Holloway can play both sides of the ball. He was lining up at cornerback on Tuesday, easily outplaying everyone else on the field during drills. Scout.com San Francisco freshman standout Tee Shepard out of Washington Union also competed on Tuesday. However, he hit the sidelines midway through the position drills after suffering from dehydration.