With dead period winding down and many of the nation's top seniors getting ready to play in All-American games it is a good time to look at some quarterbacks from Southern California who could be the subject of a lot talk at this time a year from now.
California has long been known as a place where signal callers grow in abundance and once again it appears there will be a pretty good crop of quarterbacks.
This is an early list and others could be discovered as we progress with the recruiting class of 2008.
The following list of Southern California field generals is listed in alphabetical order.
Darius Banks (6-2, 180, 4.5) from Culver City, Calif., as junior was among the nations best statistically. Banks threw for 4,115 yards while hitting on 67 percent of his passes and 51 touchdowns. He also had 169 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
When you rack up stats like Banks did you will get the attention of many D-I schools. The word is Florida could make an early offer. Representatives from local schools UCLA and USC were spotted at Culver City games last fall.
Adam Barry (6-2, 200, 4.7) from Moorpark, Calif., has to share the spotlight with a teammate who could be the nation's best running back for the class of 2008 in Darrell Scott.
Barry made a name for himself with clutch performances during Moorpark's strong playoff run capped off by a great drive that looked to be a game winner against eventual state champs Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon, the Cowboys ended up winning and the rest is history.
Barry threw for 1,553 yards and 16 touchdowns against only four interceptions.
Dominique Blackman (6-4, 238, 4.7) helped lead the remerging Carson, Calif., Colts back into their normal position among the elite teams in the Los Angeles City Section.
Blackman, a southpaw, threw for 1,673 yards and 14 touchdowns and 14 touchdowns. He is athletic but is more of your traditional drop back quarterback with a good arm.
Blackman has visited UCLA practices going back to his sophomore year.
Nick Crissman (6-3, 185, 4.7) from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison came on strong his junior season and helped Edison to the CIF Section championship game against another eventual California State champion Orange (Calif.) Lutheran.
Crissman lit it up as a junior hitting on 232 passes out of 368 attempts for 3,094 and 27 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.
Crissman is being watched in the early going by both local schools UCLA and USC.
Dayne Crist (6-5, 225, 4.65) from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame is a big guy who moves very well for his size and can throw the rock.
Even though he missed four games due to an injury, Crist still threw for 1,270 yards and 17 touchdowns against only three interceptions. He also rushed for 230 yards and four rushing touchdowns.
Crist was spotted at a UCLA practice before their bowl game so there is mutual interest there. BC is also showing early interest in the tall strong armed quarterback from Southern California. USC, Cal, Stanford and Oregon round out an impressive list of schools showing early interest in Crist.
Kevin Prince (6-2, 185, 4.6) from Encino (Calif.) Crespi is another quarterback who could emerge as a legitimate prospect in 2007.
Prince is pretty athletic and mobile, two qualities that are very much in vogue. He's also a good leader who just beginning to come into his own as a football player.
Prince hit on 112 passes out of 197 attempts for 1,422 yards and 12 touchdowns while hitting on 56.9 percent of his passes. He also picked up 152 yards rushing and scored a rushing touchdown.
Matt Scott (6-2, 190, 4.5) from Corona (Calif.) Centennial will definitely be a player you will hear a lot about in 2007. He like all the quarterback listed is a terrific leader and he plays the game with a competitive fire.
While playing on the same as another top-flight running back for the class of 2008, Ryan Bass, who rushed for 2,351 yards, Scott still threw for 1,703 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Scott is definitely a dual threat as he rushed for 536 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He's a very accurate passer who throws well on the run. Scott definitely has the stuff that D-I schools are coveting in quarterbacks in today's game.