SD Mesa QB Mike Rathe

The second annual SoCal Combine at Santa Ana College featured a number of intriguing quarterback prospects, including Mike Rathe from San Diego Mesa. He stood out and impressed during both the individual drills and in testing. Of course, the activity for which he'd really like to be recognized is on the field after sitting nearly all of 2001 with a broken finger.

QB Mike Rathe
College: San Diego Mesa
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 210
Forty: 4.76
Shuttle: 4.39
Bench: 28 @ 185
Vertical: 30.7

*Numbers are from SoCal combine held May 4. Height and weight taken without shoes.

San Diego Mesa enters the 2002 season with Rathe as its only returning quarterback. Although short on game experience Rathe has had considerable time to learn Mesa's system. And learning the system was pretty important given that he ran a Wing-T at Rancho Bernardo High School, which required very little throwing. SD Mesa lines up in a lot of I-formation sets.

Mesa is not Rathe's first college stop. Coaches at the University of San Diego were impressed enough with Rathe's athleticism and potential to offer him a scholarship out of Rancho Bernardo. He accepted their offer and then redshirted the fall semester before deciding to transfer to San Diego Mesa College.

Over the course of the last two years Rathe has matured physically as well as mentally. He has added close to 25 pounds since the end of last season and lowered his forty time to a 4.7.

Here's what Rathe said about strength, weaknesses, and goals for 2002:

Strengths: "My arm. Being able to make things happen when nothing's there."

Weaknesses: " Try to do too much sometimes. Need to take what the defense gives me."

Best attributes on the field: "Leadership. Being a QB you've got to have it. Plus, having fun out there."

Personal goals: "Do what I can to get to the next level. Have a good season."

Team goals: "Keep improving. We started off last year 5-1, then lost our last four. We've got to get better through the whole season."

Rathe will graduate in December, which is a tremendous plus in the eyes of four-year coaches. In terms of eligibility, he's currently sitting at three to play three with the possibility of 4 x 4 if he gets to a four-year program and is awarded a medical redshirt.

As summer drills get rolling Rathe has received lots of recruiting letters and questionnaires. If he plays up to his potential those letters should turn into trip and scholarship offers.

A few other Mesa players to watch:

RB Justin Green - Bounceback from San Diego State. Big, fast, and strong. In the mold of Jimmy Green (Colorado State signee), who was Mesa's featured back last year.

WR John Quizenberry - They call him, "Quiz." Spent two seasons at Palomar, one redshirting and one playing. Then sat out 2001.

WR Frank Parker

FB Brian Hall - Returning player.

DB Paris Brown - 5-11, 185-pound safety/corner prospect.

DE Paul Howse - Strong player. Measured 6-1, 270 at the combine. Ran a great 5.1 forty and did 26 reps at 225 pounds. His BP was second best among linemen at the combine.

San Diego Mesa opens the season with a Western State Conference game against a talented LA Harbor squad.

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