It may be an overall down year for quarterbacks this year, both locally and nationally, but there are still some very talented signal callers at the top of the board.
Leading the way is Brett Hundley, the only quarterback in the top 10 still uncommitted. That will change Sept. 6 when he commits to either Washington or UCLA. Hundley has been compared, in frame and playing style, to Donovan McNabb.
He’s the kind of quarterback who can hurt you with his arm or legs and is a very physical player. He boasts a strong, accurate arm and just needs to continue to work on his overall mechanics before he’s able to be a true impact player at the next level.
Cody Kessler has put on 20 pounds of muscle since his junior season and has made big strides in his arm strength and ability to throw the deep ball. He had a solid showing at the ESPN RISE Elite 11 QB Camp and has the kind of outgoing personality that his teammates will love and will rally around.
Max Wittek had the unenviable task of following behind Mater Dei legend Matt Barkley a year ago but more than held his own. Wittek has the look of a classic pocket passer but has very good mobility and can makes plays with his legs as well as his cannon arm.
Like Kessler, Evan Crower was selected to the Elite 11 QB Camp and is a good looking prospect. In terms of his size, mechanics and delivery, he reminds you a lot of former USC signal caller Matt Leinart. He won’t wow you with his arm strength but is very smart and knows where to go with the football.
If Michael Bercovici were a few inches taller, he would be among the top handful of signal callers in the country. He has a rocket arm and the quickest release on this list. He’s very strong mechanically, can make every throw and is great with his reads. He needs to continue to work on his body and overall athleticism but as a pure passer, he’s as good as anyone.
1. Brett Hundley, 6-4, 210, Chandler (Ariz.)
Dual threat QB with a college body right now.
2. Cody Kessler, 6-1, 215, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial- USC
Strong arm and a natural leader.
3. Max Wittek, 6-4, 215, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei- USC
Can make all the throws and has above average athleticism.
4. Evan Crower, 6-4, 190, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine- Stanford
Smooth lefty who is also a talented baseball player.
5. Michael Bercovici, 6-0, 210, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft- Arizona State
Might be the most ‘ready to play now’ QB in this group.
6. Kyle Boehm, 6-3, 220, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty- California
Big, strong kid with a live arm and surprisingly mobility.
7. Chad Jeffries, 6-1, 180, Glendora (Calif.)- San Diego State
Polished with a live arm, was QB MVP at the SoCal NIKE Camp
8. Jimmy Laughrea, 6-2, 180, Rocklin (Calif.)- Boise State
Solid in all areas, was QB MVP at the NorCal NIKE Camp
9. Marcus Mariota, 6-4, 185, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis- Oregon
Tremendous athlete with a very nice upside to him.
10. Derrick Brown, 6-3, 230, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta- Utah
Built like a LB but can definitely play QB and can hurt you with his legs or arm.
The Next 10:
11. Michael Eubank, 6-5, 230, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
12. Cody Clements, 6-1, 200, La Habra (Calif.)- Washington State
13. Trevor Gretzky, 6-3, 190, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
14. Dustin Walton, 6-4, 215, Raton (N.M.)
15. Jerry Neuheisel, 6-1, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
16. Brett Smith, 6-2, 190, Salem (Ore.) West Salem
17. Alex Kuresa, 5-11, 160, Hyrum (Utah) Mountain Crest- BYU
18. Conner Preston, 6-0, 205, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- SMU
19. Nick Sherry, 6-4, 215, Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande- Colorado
20. Joseph Gray, 5-11, 175 Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Greg Biggins is an occasional contributor to the ESPNLosAngeles.com Preps Blog. For more recruiting news, check out his Insider blog on West Coast recruiting.