Southern California loaded with QBs

Originally Published: July 9, 2004
By Tom Lemming | ESPN Insider
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MISSION VIEJO, Calif. -- It is a tremendous year for quarterbacks in Southern California and there are none better than Mark Sanchez (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) from Mission Viejo. I consider him to be one of the nation's top three signal caller's. He combines excellent size with a great arm and a competitive nature rarely seen in 18-year-olds. Though nations after Mark, and he says he has no favorites, but right now I look at USC, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford and Florida to be leaders.

Right behind him is Derek Shaw (6-3, 205) from Oceanside. This young man is really starting to come on strong and has already received over 30 offers. Last season, he threw for over 2,200 yards and 24 TDs and displayed a strong arm, pocket presence, poise and an uncanny knack for finding the open receiver. Shaw claims no leader at this time, but Florida, LSU, Michigan State and Colorado are making a big push.