California has the reputation for developing golden arm quarterbacks who excel on the D-I level. The class of 2008 is looking to be very good indeed. Another signal caller to jot down as one to watch is Ryan Griffin (6-4, 205, 4.85) from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade.
"Cal, UCLA, Washington and UNLV have been by the school already," Chaminade coach Ben McEnroe said. "This is the earliest coaches have come by."
"I had 40 DVD's and recruiting packets ready and looks like we are going to have to get some more made."
A few years ago Chaminade produced Chris Turner who ended up at Maryland and now it appears that Griffin will also play football on the D-I level.
How does Griffin compare to Turner?
"I would put Griffin a little ahead of Turner at the same time," McEnroe said. "Griffin is a little more developed.
"Ryan can make all the throws," McEnroe said. "He can make all the throws. He can throw the fastball, throw with touch and throw the low ball where only our guy can make the catch. He has great accuracy and placement.
"Probably the best thing about Ryan is he doesn't make dumb throws," McEnroe said. "He threw for 32 touchdowns and only had eight interceptions."
"Griffin is a real student of the game," McEnroe said. "He came up through Air 7 so he has been coached well. He has a great knowledge of the game.
"Ryan takes home game film of our opponent and really knows his stuff. He's a great example for our players, he is excellent in meetings and he has an outstanding huddle presence.
"Ryan played at Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola as a freshman and a sophomore but the commute became pretty tough so he transferred here," McEnroe said. "We're excited he's here, the kids look up to him and he has great leadership qualities. He's a pleasure to coach."
Griffin already has a list of schools he wants to send his recruiting packages to and not surprisingly UCLA, USC and most of the Pac 10 is on his list. So is Hawai'i but you better have a bionic arm if you play for the Warriors because they will air it out.
Griffin also has family in Texas so packets will be headed to the Longhorns, Texas Tech and SMU.
Griffin earned his league's Offensive Player of the Year and was second-team all-CIF behind Darius Banks from Culver City who threw for over 4,000 yards in 2006.