There is a good argument that a junior to be is the best quarterback in the Golden State in Jimmy Clausen (6-3, 200, 4.7) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Only a sophomore, the youngster has already received his first two offers. There is a good indication that there will be a lot more before Clausen reaches his junior season.
The first offer on the table for Clausen came from Oregon State. Hot on the heels of that offer came one from Coach Ed Orgeron and Ole Miss.
During the Easter the break, Clausen and his family will be taking a swing through the southeast and take three unofficial visits to Miami, Florida and South Carolina.
Obviously Clausen has interest in all five of the mentioned schools, plus a lot more.
It is important for Clausen to start the recruiting process early though he is an old hand to the game since he saw his older brothers Casey and Rick Clausen go through the procedure before.
Like his two brothers before him, he will be a December grad and will enter school in time for spring ball after his high school career is over. The youngest Clausen has interest in some schools that his older brothers did not and he doesn't necessarily have to play for the flavor of the month. The important ingredients will be comfort level and how the talented signal caller fits in.
One of the biggest questions that is already dogging Clausen is will he follow in his brother's footsteps and play his college football at legendary Neyland Stadium for Tennessee Vols?
Let the young man answer that question in his own words in an earlier interview with Rivals.com.
"I like Tennessee," Clausen said. "I've been there a lot and I feel comfortable there."
"My mind is open," Clausen said. "I am looking for a school that fits me."
Clausen is a special talent who has all the best qualities of his older brothers and more. He can already make all the throws and he is way ahead of the game fundamentally.
Clausen throws a sweet, tight looking spiral and is nearly always on time.
As a sophomore, Clausen created a loud buzz after leading his team to a perfect 14-0 record while throwing for 3,665 yards and 57 touchdowns against only six interceptions.
Believe it or not, his statistics could have been even gaudier but many times he left the game after playing only two quarters of football.
Clausen's performance saw him earn All-American, all-state, all-CIF, and was the Golden State's Sophomore Player of the Year.
Clausen is very open when it comes to college choice at this time. He is the type of player who could easily get up to 50 offers before it's all said and done.