The Golden State of California has long been known as the land of abundant quarterbacks. This year there are already six quarterbacks committed to D-I schools and there is a very good chance that list will grow before signing day in February. Believe it or not, the quarterback class of 2009 is also stacking up as a solid group.
By now many recruitneks already know about Matt Barkley from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. He offers from local schools, USC and UCLA, plus a host of others.
Upland signal caller, Josh Nunes already has two offers and more can be forthcoming.
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Field generals Clark Evans from Los Alamitos, Calif., and Tate Forcier from San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch are two more from the class of 2009 who will be recruited.
There is another from the class of 2009 who will join the before mentioned quarterbacks who will be recruited by D-I schools.
The signal-caller in question is Richard Brehaut (6-2, 195, 4.8) from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos.
Brehaut earned all-league and all-area (HM) honors as a sophomore after throwing for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns while hitting on 65 percent of his passes. He also added another 380 yards rushing and added another five touchdowns on the ground.
Believe it or not, Brehaut won the starting job after the fourth game of season, and only ended up being full time in seven games.
Brehaut did rotate with a junior before that and his opening stanza is the stuff that legends are made of. In the opening game against a solid Colorado program, Aurora (Colo.) Overland, Brehaut entered the game with 5:30 left on the clock.
"Richard completed three huge third down passes to move the chains," Los Osos offensive coordinator Matt Bechtel said. "He drives us right down to the one and then scores the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak.
Brehaut in his first varsity game was able to come off the bench and not only led his team to victory, but scored the winning touchdown says volumes about the young man's poise.
"There are so many things I could say about Richard," Bechtel said. "We threw him in there with only five minutes left on the clock and he responded being composed and in total control.
"One of the hardest things to teach a quarterback is composure. You figure you're in your two minute offense and they are sending the dogs at Richard and he's checking plays off getting the job done in his first varsity game.
"Richard is the complete package as a quarterback," Bechtel said. "He has excellent arm strength and can make all the throws.
Brehaut recently won the "Golden Arm" award at the Elite 11 passing camp and even while doing that it was a testimony to his poise.
"The amazing thing about Richard winning that award was the night before the Elite 11 event our high school baseball team was in a playoff game and he went 4-4 at the plate," Bechtel said. "Then hopped on a flight to the camp and performed the way he did without working out as a quarterback for three weeks and he still had the poise to win the event."
In the early going Brehaut is already hearing from the likes of Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, and San Diego State.