football

Western gunslinger a wanted man

Junior to Watch: Nathan Longshore
School: Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon
Position: Quarterback
Size and Speed: Longshore is 6-foot-4 and weighs 217 pounds. He has been timed in the 40 at 4.8.
Honors: Longshore was selected first-team all-CIF and all-league after a stellar junior season.
Statistics: Longshore threw for 2,088 yards while playing for a run dominated team. He was the first quarterback at Canyon to toss for over 2,000 years since 1998.
Favorite Colleges: UCLA, Cal, ASU, Oregon and Washington are also showing interest in the talented signal caller from southern California.
Skinny: The Bruins and the Trojans made sure to stop at one high school before the dead period began to talk to the coach about his quarterback and that player was Nathan Longshore. Both schools elected not to sign a quarterback because the prevailing wisdom is there will be plenty of good ones in the class of 2004. Apparently both schools agree on one area quarterback.
Longshore has very good arm strength and throws with outstanding touch. He is really comfortable in the pocket, but is nimble enough to get out of trouble and make a play down field.
USC has received the verbal committal of John David Booty and according to Booty’s high school head coach Dennis Dunn of Shreveport (La.) Evangel, the Trojans aren’t going to recruit another signal caller.
If this 411 is true then there are plenty of West Coast schools that are happy that one of the nation’s hottest teams (USC) is out of the running for one the Los Angeles area’s best quarterback prospects.
Though USC is apparently out of the running you still have to be impressed by the fact that Longshore was one of USC’s first stops this recruiting season. It gives you an indication of the type of talent Longshore is.
“USC was in here the Thursday before the dead period begun and UCLA was here on the Friday before the dead period begun,” Canyon head coach Harry Welch said. “Both schools have expressed an interest in Nathan.”
For good reason, too.
“Nathan passes the eyeball test,” Welch said. “And the computer printout test, too.”
“Nathan has real nice sense of what’s going on,” Welch said. “He has superior down field vision and his pocket awareness is superb.”
Welch sums up what kind of prospect that Longshore will be.
“All Pac10 schools will know Nathan intimately,” Welch said.
Rivals.com feels that more than just the Pac10 schools will want to get know Longshore intimately.
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