Although Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Jimmy Clausen has gotten most of the headlines and deservedly so, he's not the only elite signal caller in the state from the class of 2007. San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine's Chris Forcier is a big time prospect as well and is having a big junior season.
Forcier, 6-3, 175 pounds is the younger brother of Michigan quarterback Jason Forcier but considered by many as an even better college prospect.
"Chris is faster, taller, has a stronger arm and is more accurate than Jason was," St. Augustine head coach Jerry Ralph said. "He's an incredible prospect at this stage and once he gets better at things like reading defenses, he could be among the top three quarterbacks in the nation. At least that's what a lot of college quarterback coaches are telling me."
Forcier played behind his brother a year ago but lit up the SoCal Nike camp and was the top signal caller of the day in our eyes. He also tested better than every quarterback in attendance running a 4.51 in the 40, 4.12 in the shuttle and jumping 30 inches in the vertical. The athlete followed up his strong camp showing by having a great junior season and was named state offensive player of the week two weeks ago in what was one of the best games of the season.
Forcier completed 27-40 passes for 433 yards and five touchdowns in the Saints 48-47 win over Valhalla in a CIF quarterfinal win. Forcier completed a touchdown pass on the last play of the game with no time on the clock and then hit on a two-point conversion pass to Nebraska-bound receiver Menelik Holt to win the game.
The Saints were victorious again this past weekend as Forcier had another big game completing 22-24 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. On the season, the signal caller has completed 163-273 passes for 2,382 yards and 31 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 341 yards and three more scores.
"Chris is really going to be amazing next year," Ralph said. "He's learning a lot and is just having a fantastic year for us. The sky is the limit for Chris and everyone is going to be after him pretty soon here."
As for favorites , it's very early and we imagine the list for Forcier will change quite a bit between now and decision time. Back in the summer during the Nike camps, the quarterback listed his favorites as Michigan, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin.