Los Alamitos (Calif.) is not just one of the top football programs in the state but one of the best at producing high level Div I talent as well. Although their season came to an unexpected end, the Griffins are loaded with underclassmen led by a quarterback, Clark Evans, who we expect to be one of the best in the West region next year.
Evans, 6-4, 210 pounds has been one of the state's top dual threat quarterbacks since his sophomore year. He has the size of your prototypical pocket passer but can get out and run like a player half his size. This past season, Evans threw for 2,055 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 866 yards and 13 more scores.
We've seen Evans multiple times in summer passing league as well in pads and he has always impressed. The signal caller has a big arm and can make all the throws and his ability to move around and make plays with his legs has always surprised us. You just don't see many quarterbacks the size of Evans who can run like he can.
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Although some have referred to Evans as a Tim Tebow type, we wouldn't go that far as he's not nearly as fast or athletic as Tebow but does have a similar playing style and might actually be more polished as a passer at the same stage.
"He should be a six star player next year by your ratings," Griffin coach John Barnes said. "He's an incredible talent and should be able to go wherever he wants. He's big and athletic and is a really good kid too. He's very tough and is easily one of the best players we've had here. I can't say enough about him, I think he's just a great prospect.
"Colorado has already offered and Oregon is very close too. He really fits what Oregon does and he could play early there. I think once Signing Day is over, a lot of schools will come out with offers. Some of the schools have said they don't want to offer juniors yet because they don't want to scare away the seniors they're recruiting now. Notre Dame has said he's one of their top three quarterbacks for the class of '09 and Florida likes him a lot too.
"I know he likes UCLA a lot right now but I think Clark is open to whoever is going to recruit him. Like I said, he's one of those players that comes along that really should be able to go anywhere, I think he's that good."