Southern California is one of the most highly recruited areas in the country for quarterbacks. With such a large volume of talent, some of the top QB trainers in the nation, and a strong 7on7 circuit colleges flock to SoCal to find the next QB for their program. This list easily could be 25 players long and it was difficult to narrow it down but here are some of the top 2021 pocket passers. Be sure to check out the rest of the 2021 pro-style QBs to watch here: https://prepredzone.com/2020/07/2021-pro-style-quarterback-watchlist/
, Pro-Style QB, 6’3 200 lbs., Mater Dei HS
Prep Redzone’s top-ranked pocket passer in California had a great performance at the Elite 11 Finals in Nashville. He recently transferred to Mater Dei HS from Bishop Alemany to follow in the footsteps of Alabama bound Bryce Young. He has good size and length at 6’3 200 lbs. with the arm strength to push the ball down the field. Colleges love to see his high football IQ and command of the offense demonstrating an advanced feel for the position and the game. Great natural arm talent with the ability to sling the ball all over the field with different velocities and arm angles. Both Moss and new La Habra QBare committed to USC where it will be interesting to see how their QB competition shakes out if their commitments hold.
, Pro-Style QB, 6’2 190 lbs., La Habra HS
One of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the country committed to USC during the 2019 season over his 23 other Power 5 offers. He shows the composure colleges are looking for in a QB with solid mechanics and footwork in the pocket. He’s a smart QB that makes quick decisive reads and flashes a tight release that allows him to get the ball out quickly and let his receivers run after the catch. He has good arm strength with the ability to stretch the defense vertically with accuracy. Changes up velocity nicely on short and intermediate routes to throw a catchable ball. Has continued to improve his mobility throughout his HS career and is not afraid to escape the pocket and throw on the run. Garcia has all the tools that translate well into a Power 5 QB.
, Pro-Style QB, 6’3 215 lbs., Sierra Canyon HS
The Georgia Tech commit will bring a different style to the run-heavy Yellow Jacket offense. Peery is a pure pocket passer with a smooth drop back and tight release. He has elite level arm strength with the ability to hit any target on the field with timing and location. A cerebral QB that goes through his progression making smart accurate throws and never forcing the ball, evident by only throwing one interception in almost 400 attempts last season. Great poise and composure in the pocket never panicking with pressure. Expect him to put up big numbers in 2020 with the amount of talent and weapons he has in the Sierra Canyon offense.
Deacon Pe’a Hill, Pro-Style QB, 6’4 225 lbs. Santa Barbara HS
With a frame that will remind you of Ben Roethlisberger at 6’4 225 lbs., Hill is in the running for strongest arm in the west. He shows a great ability to get it out quickly and fit the ball into tight windows from the pocket or on the run using a compact throwing motion. Displays smooth footwork in his drop and keeps his feet active while surveying the field, despite not needing to have his feet set to make a strong and accurate throw. Good overall pocket presence does a good job feeling pressure and manipulating the pocket to create open throwing lanes. Committed early on to Wisconsin in June 2019.
, Pro-Style QB, 6’3 180 lbs., Bishop Alemany HS
Another QB transfer, Collins has bounced around a bit from San Joaquin Memorial to Calabasas, where he never played football, before ultimately landing at Bishop Alemany after the departure of. The ASU commit has a long lean frame with a live arm that can really spin it. He’s extremely consistent and flashes his technical training with great throwing mechanics and footwork. Has the instincts and anticipation of a high-end D1 QB with a good ability to spot throwing lanes and throw his receivers open. Put up video game numbers in 2019 while leading San Joaquin Memorial to a deep playoff run with over 3,500 yards 39 touchdowns and a 62% completion rate. Tons of weapons and potential around him at Bishop Alemany to have a big 2020 season.
, Pro-Style QB, 6’3 205 lbs., Los Osos HS
Smith has a big strong frame at 6’3 205 lbs. He has shown good improvement over the last few years and continues to develop his balance, footwork, and throwing mechanics as a pocket passer. Has a short and quick release but has the arm strength to make throws at all three levels. A good fluid athlete that is a threat with his legs but prefers to play in the pocket. Shows great mobility in the pocket weaving through defenders and keeping the play alive while looking for an open target. Looks comfortable throwing on the run to either side where he can use his athleticism and natural playmaking ability. Collected two power 5 offers last spring from Cal and Boston College and more recently picked up an offer from North Carolina Central but is looking to build on those offers with a strong senior season.
, Pro-Style QB, 6’2 200 lbs. Brentwood School
Lourd is a technician at the QB position. He is extremely precise and efficient with his footwork and throwing mechanics which allows him to consistently deliver accurate balls. Stands tall in the pocket with good balance and a strong base. Has an over the top delivery and high release point but also shows the ability to change arm angles when necessary to get the ball out. Excels throwing on the run when he can use his athleticism and mobility to extend plays and improvise. He has double-digit offers from various FBS/FCS schools and possesses the upside to be an impact player in a premier program.