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Cali 09 quarterback lands offer No. 1

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The quarterback class out West looks a little down at this point in the evaluation process but already, 2009 is shaping up to be a strong year. One player we feel will be a definite national recruit is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback Matt Barkley and the signal caller recently picked up scholarship offer No. 1.
Barkley, 6-2, 225 pounds will be a four-year starter for the Monarchs by the time his HS career over. He’s a tremendous talent and arguably among the top five signal callers in the West region right now.
Barkley has a strong accurate arm, can make all the throws and is poised beyond his years. He moves around well in the pocket, throws a great deep ball and has all the tools to be a big time college prospect a year from now.
In what will be the first of many scholarships thrown out to him, Barkley just picked up offer No. 1 from Big 12 country.
“Colorado and Coach Hawkins just offered Matt a scholarship,” Barkley’s father Les said. “Coach Hawkins came out to visit the school and talk with Coach Rollinson. He had a chance to watch Matt work out and then put an offer out for him.
“Matt was very honored and grateful to receive the offer, especially after he found out that he’s the first sophomore to receive an offer from Colorado right now. It’s still early in the process but Matt is very interested in Colorado along with USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Stanford and Ohio State just to name a few.”
There has been a perception floating around that Barkley is a lock for local powerhouse USC if/when the Trojans offer a scholarship. Les commented on that.
“I want it to make it very clear, Matt is not a lock for any school,” he said. “I went to USC and I think a lot of it stems from that and growing up in Orange County, Matt has attended quite a few games already. Matt has the greatest respect for the USC football program, the coaching staff and their obvious excellence in developing quarterbacks but there are a number of schools he’s going to look at before committing anywhere.
“We’re looking forward to going through the recruiting process and we’re planning some unofficial visits to look at some of the schools out of the area that we haven’t had the benefit of seeing yet. Matt is excited to meet some of the great coaches who have expressed an interest in him and right now, he’s just very excited about the offer from Colorado.”
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