One of the very best signal callers in the Golden State this year is Brett Nottingham (6-4, 210, 4.7) from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista. The talented signal caller can make all the throws, but what separates him from others is his accuracy and decision making. He is also very technically sound.
Nottingham earned second-team all-league as a junior. The reason he wasn't first-team was that spot was taken by Boise State bound field general, Joe Southwick. He was also second-team all-area, second-team all-state underclass and all-metro honorable mention after throwing for 3,500 yards, and 39 touchdowns, against only nine picks, while hitting on 70 percent of his passes.
On the recruiting trail, Nottingham is getting serious recruiting attention from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and Brown.
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Nottingham has been very busy of late getting acquainted with the colleges that are showing interest in him.
"I went to Cal's practice on Sunday and talked to Jeff Tedford for a good amount of time," Nottingham said. "I met a lot of the quarterbacks at Cal and had a good time."
"Last month I went to Stanford's junior day and that went well," Nottingham said. "They showed us around the campus and it was unbelievable and beautiful."
"We had lunch with some professors and they told us how great of a place Stanford is," Nottingham said. "I plan on going to Stanford's camp and I plan on staying in touch with them."
"I have been getting a lot of mail from Arizona assistant coach Jeff Hammerschmidt," Nottingham said. "I'm looking forward to going to their camp. I have watched them play and they like to throw the ball around."
"I'm going to go to UCLA's junior day on April 11th," Nottingham said. "I have a sister who is a student at UCLA and she loves it."
"I went to a couple of UCLA games last season and I had the opportunity to UCLA while visiting my sister," Nottingham said. "I know how nice the campus is and UCLA would be an amazing place to play football."
"I have talked to (USC offensive line coach) Coach Pat Ruel and I have been invited to their Rising Stars Camp," Nottingham said. "I was also invited to USC's junior day, but I had a conflict of interest so I couldn't attend."
What is Nottingham looking for in a college?
"First thing would an opportunity to play quarterback," Nottingham said. "Second thing would be to get a quality education that will help me out later in life. Third I would like to go a school that has a strong tradition and a strong fan base that would be fun to play in front of."
In the weight room, Nottingham has a current bench of 250-pounds, squats 325 and has recorded a 30-inch vertical jump.
Nottingham is also an outstanding student who carries a 3.83 GPA.