The Class of 2008 won’t match the star power or name cache that the class of 2007 did, when Aaron Corp and Jimmy Clausen ruled the Golden State, but there are still some pretty good passers. This class, in fact, is much deeper than the class of 2007. The Fighting Irish again snagged the top signal-caller from the state in Crist while Westwood-bound Crissman joined Crist as Elite 11 quarterbacks.
1. Dayne Crist, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame- Notre Dame
The gutty, athletic five-star quarterback, who came back from a career-threatening injury, was too good for the Irish to pass on, and he’ll lead one of the best teams in the state this fall.
2. Nick Crissman, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison- - UCLA
A tough and gritty passer, Crissman had an excellent summer and upped his stock nationally. Few are tougher in the pocket.
3. Matt Scott, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- Arizona
Has quite possibly the best and most fluid throwing motion of any quarterback in the West, and he’s also an excellent runner.
4. Dominique Blackman, Carson (Calif.)- Washington
Big and strong-armed, Blackman reminds many of NFL top pick JaMarcus Russell.
5. Beau Sweeney, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West- California
Sweeney is probably the best dual-threat quarterback in the state, and with Clovis West incorporating the pass more this fall, he’ll have a chance to show off his arm.
6. Kevin Prince, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
May have had the best summer of any quarterback in California, leading Crespi in several passing league tournaments.
7. Ryan Katz, Santa Monica (Calif.)- Oregon State
Joined Prince in having an excellent offseason, standing out at the B2G Elite Football Program.
8. Ryan Griffin, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Surprisingly, still lacks an offer, but that will change early in the fall, especially if he duplicates his junior season.
9. Darius Banks, Culver City (Calif.)
The state-leader in passing in 2006, Banks leads one of the most prolific offenses in the nation.
10. Ebahn Feathers, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
The MVP of the San Francisco Scout.com Combine, Feathers is arguably the fastest quarterback in the state, and he showed off a good arm too.
The Next 10 (in alphabetical order):
Adam Barry, Moorpark (Calif.)
Byron Campbell, Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty
Exavier Johnson, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Jerry Davis, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Justin Morales, Carlsbad (Calif.)- Idaho
Kramer Hagan, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian- Portland State
Nick Owens, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake
Richard Ragland, Venice (Calif.)
Robert Fuller, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley
Tyler Hansen, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral- Colorado
Other Quarterbacks to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Andy Magee, Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.) Chadwick
Cary Grossart, Folsom (Calif.)
Colby Cameron, Newbury Park (Calif.)
Cole Saunders, Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro
Derek Witte, Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake
Devin Combs, Oakdale (Calif.)
Graham Wilbert, Valencia (Calif.)
Jonathan Troast, South Pasadena (Calif.)
Matthew Baca, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Mike MacGillivray, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Nick Aprile, Escalon (Calif.)
Ryan Wertenberger, Laguna Hills (Calif.)
Travis Harvey, Inglewood (Calif.) Morningside
Tyler Swaney, Fullerton (Calif.) Troy
Vince Gomez, Anaheim (Calif.)