Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley celebrates a touchdown by teammate Rhett Ellison during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.
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California: Current College

Population: 37.2 million

Number of Football High Schools: 1,054

Top current college quarterbacks from California: USC's Matt Barkley (Mater Dei); Tennessee's Tyler Bray (Kingsburg); Fresno State's Derek Carr (Bakersfield Christian); Colorado's Tyler Hansen (Chaparral); San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (El Capitan); Oregon State's Sean Mannion (Foothill Pleasanton); Washington's Keith Price (St. John Bosco)

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