California is known for its quarterbacks. One of the reasons for this is the excellent private coaching that young signal callers have access to in the Golden State and one of the very best is Steve Clarkson, who started Air 7 and now the Steve Clarkson Quarterback Academy.
Clarkson has an excellent track record for developing D-I quarterbacks dating back to the early 1990's so when he tells you he has sleeper quarterbacks that colleges should be aware of it is an eye opener.
The following quarterbacks all play for small schools that are off the beaten path of college recruiters, but according to Clarkson will be getting recruiting action so their status as sleepers could change to prospect over the spring evaluation period.
Keep your eye on Cody Keith (6-3, 195, 4.7) from Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha. The Maranatha program is one to become aware of as their goal is become a mini Oaks Christian out in the Pasadena area, a section in Southern California that has athletes.
Keith played in North Carolina as junior where he threw for close to 1,200 yards, 11 touchdowns against only two interceptions while playing for Charlotte (N.C.) North Mecklenburg, which according to Clarkson is mainly a running team.
Clarkson feels very highly about Keith.
"Cody has a good arm and has excellent football savvy," Clarkson said. "He's athletic and very poised. He's one of those quarterbacks who has the "it" factor."
Another sleeper from a small school that Clarkson feels will be recruited is Chad Dashnaw (6-5, 220) from Acton (Calif.) Vasquez.
"Chad is a big, strong armed quarterback who comes from a tough and athletic family," Clarkson said. "His dad and mom are do stunts for movies."
The third sleeper quarterback first impressed when he was at the Super 7 quarterback combine last May in Santa Barbara. Since then he has switched schools making it harder for colleges to keep up with him, but Clarkson thinks that Anthony Neyer (6-2, 190, 4.7) from Palm Desert (Calif.) Xavier College Prep is another one of his underpublicized field generals that he feels will get a ride.
"Anthony is very smart," Clarkson said. "He carries a 4.0 GPA and has drawn the interest of the Ivies. He has gained 10 pounds from a year ago and has a nice arm."
Neyer was at UCLA's junior day this past weekend.
The last sleeper, but certainly not the least is Steve Borden (6-3, 225) from Canyon Country (Calif.) Santa Clarita Christian. He plays for a very small school that plays eight man football, so he is going to need a good camp season to help his cause.
"Steve throws nice ball and he has good size and strength," Clarkson said. "He is the son of Sting the professional wrestler."