There is a sleeper quarterback who could blowup this fall. The reason he is flying under the radar this will be his first season as a starter.
Keep your eyes on signal-caller Ben Longshore (6-3, 207, 4.7) from Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon in 2006.
Canyon coach Harry Welch is very high on his first-year starter.
"Ben is the best quarterback in America that nobody knows about," Welch said. "In our recent passing league tournament with Oaks Christian and if you didn't know who's who you would have had a difficult time determining who the No. 1 quarterback is."
"Those who were in attendance were watching two of the best high school quarterbacks in the country," Welch said. "My guy (Longshore) was that good."
If the name Longshore sounds familiar to you, that's because he comes from good football bloodlines. His oldest brother Nick Longshore is a senior offensive lineman at BYU and his brother Nate Longshore is a redshirt sophomore who at this time is listed as the starting quarterback for Cal.
Nate Longshore was a highly coveted quarterback out of Canyon three years ago and Welch also coached him.
"Ben is more advanced at this stage than Nate was," Longshore said. "He has great feet, both lateral movement and forward acceleration."
"Ben has a very quick release," Welch said. "It is faster than most D-I quarterbacks."
The reason why Longshore is such a sleeper is he backed up a senior quarterback who was co-CIF Offensive Player of Year after leading Canyon to the CIF Division II Championship a year ago.
This fall, Longshore is going to make a name for him. He has all the tools that great field generals have.
The scouting report on Longshore is he has a quick release and has a very strong arm. He can throw the 55 yards with a flick of the wrist. He already has major college football vision as a quarterback and he's only 16 years old.
Though Longshore is a sleeper there are colleges that are aware of him and are waiting on his senior season and if he plays like Welch thinks he's capable of then there will be a bull run on his services.
BYU called the school yesterday to talk to Welch about Longshore. Other schools looking at him are Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, UNLV, Utah, San Diego State and more.
As a matter of fact most of the schools from the Pac 10, Mountain West and WAC are keeping a close eye on Longshore's progress.