One of the top quarterback prospects in the national class of 2007 next year will be Orange Lutheran's (Calif.) Aaron Corp. Corp, 6-4, 180 pounds has prototype size but it's his ability to hurt you with his legs as well as his arm that sets him apart as one of the country's finest.
Corp was moved up to the varsity at the end of his freshman season and then started his sophomore year as the teams backup quarterback. After an early season injury to the Lancers starting quarterback, Corp stepped up and led the team to their first ever CIF championship. The signal caller threw for 2,039 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for another 230 yards and seven scores.
In the Div IV title game win over Newport Harbor, Corp was 11- 12 for 135 yards and rushed for 125 yards and a score as the Lancers dominated the Sailors 35-6. The athlete was named all-league, all-CIF and all-state underclass for his efforts.
Corp had another strong year this past season and earned all-state underclass honors for the second year in a row. The quarterback threw for
1,836 yards and 15 touchdowns to go with 633 yards rushing and eight more scores on the ground. He's very impressive on film and when you consider the Lancers played one of the toughest schedules in Southern CA last season, it's even more impressive.
The quarterback has a strong arm, runs very well and is a tough, physical player. His release is a bit long at times if you wanted to try to find something to nit pick, but his mechanics will improve and he actually reminds us a little of former Utah and 49er quarterback Alex Smith at the same stage. Corp also shows great poise in the pocket and made some big throws late in games this past season showing he's a money player who wants the ball with the game on the line.
On the recruiting front, Corp is still waiting for his first scholarship offer but is currently hearing from a host of schools from coast to coast.
"UCLA and Cal are recruiting me the hardest right now and those are probably my top two," Corp said. "I'm also hearing from Washington, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Arizona, Arizona State and a few others. The coach from UCLA (Thurmond Moore) that was recruiting me was recently let go and I haven't actually heard from them since that happened. Moore had made it sound like they could be offering me early but I'm not sure what's up now.
"I attended Cal's camp two years ago and was the sophomore MVP there. I didn't go to any camps last summer but I'll be going to a lot this year. My coach and I are still trying to figure out which ones to go to but he said I should pick four schools and try and camp at those schools four days in a row, one day at each school. I'm not sure which ones yet, that's something we'll be discussing later.
"I'm also going to be going up to Stanford with a couple of my teammates for a visit. I actually grew up in Northern CA and Stanford was my favorite school when I was little. As for a timeline in terms of making a decision, it's kind of early too tell right now. I don't have any offers yet so I can't really say I want to commit early when I'm not even sure what schools are really serious about me.
"If I have all the offers I want from the schools I like, then I could make a decision before the school season but I'm just going to play things by ear right now. Once I attend these camps, I think I'll have a better idea of where I'll fit in the best."