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July 3, 2014

Southern California High School Quarterbacks Top 10 to Watch- Part Two

1.) Josh Rosen, St. John Bosco Sr.

The No. 1 quarterback in the country, Rosen blends an elite combination of size, athleticism, arm talent and mental ability. The Trinity League standout completed close to 70 percent of his passes last season with 39 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He also carried the ball 67 times for 416 yards and eight scores. Rosen has it all, and has proved his ability at the highest level of prep competition. The five-star prospect (Rivals No. 2 overall prospect for the 2015 national class) is the headline recruit for UCLA next season.

2.) Ricky Town, St. Bonaventure Sr.

Let the comparisons with Josh Rosen begin. Town is the second-rated high school quarterback in the country, shares the Pac-5 Division with Rosen, and will likely be quarterbacking USC while Rosen is under center at UCLA. Town stands an impressive 6-foot-4 and has very good accuracy. His arm strength is good but not great, but he could add some zip by adding some strength to his lanky 190-pound frame. Town is a slight step below Rosen, but has the type of talent to challenge his rival in head-to-head matchups on Saturdays for years to come.

3.) Blake Barnett, Santiago Sr.

Few high school quarterbacks can match Barnett's physical gifts. The 6-foot-4 signal-caller has a rocket of a right arm to go along with very good speed and natural athleticism. Barnett is a natural playmaker who is able to extend and make plays with his legs. A bit in the mold of a high school Colin Kaepernick, Barnett was a full-time starter last year and made his share of mistakes. He completed less than 60 percent of his passes and was picked off 12 times. He'll be expected to make strides in his decision-making, and if he does, Alabama could end up with a heck of a quarterback.

4.) Brady White, Hart Sr.

The playbook was opened up for White last season. After attempting 267 passes as a sophomore, White threw the football 524 times during his junior campaign. The results were inspiring. White averaged more than 300 yards through the air per game and tossed 41 touchdowns last season. White's 6-foot-2 frame is average for a collegiate prospect, but he makes up for it with a quick release and good footwork. He has a tendency to hold the ball at his waist, making him prone to strip sacks, but if he fixes that, White can be an efficient and productive quarterback at the next level. The senior committed to Arizona State in May.

5.) Travis Waller, Servite Sr.

Waller's athletic ability and experience in a spread option make him a great fit at Oregon, where he's committed to play his college ball. Built like a running back, Waller is powerful and elusive once he gets outside, with the speed to run away from linebackers and the size to run over defensive backs. As a passer, Waller has some improvements to make. He throws a good deep ball but his accuracy is inconsistent. Some of his struggles can be attributed to an offense that lacked talent at the skill positions, and Waller does have smooth, repeatable mechanics. If he is able to take a few steps forward as a passer, Waller could develop into the next highly productive Oregon Ducks quarterback.


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