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. Heâ€™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.
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In what will be the first of many scholarships thrown out to him, Barkley just picked up offer No. 1 from Big 12 country.
â€œColorado and Coach Hawkins just offered Matt a scholarship,â€ Barkleyâ€™s father Les said. â€œCoach 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.
â€œMatt was very honored and grateful to receive the offer, especially after he found out that heâ€™s the first sophomore to receive an offer from Colorado right now. Itâ€™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.â€
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.
â€œI want it to make it very clear, Matt is not a lock for any school,â€ he said. â€œI 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 heâ€™s going to look at before committing anywhere.
â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to going through the recruiting process and weâ€™re planning some unofficial visits to look at some of the schools out of the area that we havenâ€™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, heâ€™s just very excited about the offer from Colorado.â€