January 14, 2008

More '09 Targets Emerge on Offense

The 2008 U.S. Army National Junior Combine was a success. Players from coast-to-coast used the combine to commence the recruiting process.

Two juniors already committed to [tm]USC[/tm] made the event in San Antonio, while 600 hundred other prospects performed in hopes of impressing college football's most prestigious programs.

Organized randomly by numbers, the combine can overwhelm many observers not familiar with the next crop of high school football stars. Make no mistake, the Alamo Dome was filled with talent.

The Quarterbacks

While the nation's No. 1 ranked quarterback, Matt Barkley, watched the combine from the stands, several other highly touted passers played for his crown. Barkley is the only junior quarterback with a scholarship offer from USC, and that may not change unless his interest in the Trojans subsides.

Los Alamitos (Calif.) quarterback Clark Evans is considered to be the second best signal-caller in California. In fact, Evans has been dubbed as the West Coast Tim Tebow. While that may be a stretch athletically, he does have the size and arm strength college coaches covet.

San Diego (Calif.) quarterback Tate Forcier doesn't have the size of Evans, but there may not be a better pure passer in the country. At 6-foot, 190-pounds, Forcier has a snap release and great accuracy.

Nationally, other prospects attending the combine that USC will follow are Kevin Newsome. from Chesapeake (Va.) and Moses Alipate of Minneapolis (Minn.). Like Evans, Newsome is an athletic quarterback whose value is linked to running the spread option. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound four-star standout has a slow release, but a big arm. While he claims a scholarship offer from USC, he'd likely be recruited by the Trojans as an athlete.

Alipate, whose father played under Pete Carroll with the New York Jets, is a 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback with solid accuracy and has a nice touch on the intermediate passes. He's already receiving letters from USC and would love to continue to hear more from the Trojans.

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