For a few years now, recruiting analysts have been keeping an eye on the crop of 2015 California quarterback prospects.
With two of the country's three five-star quarterbacks both playing in the vicinity of Los Angeles (and four of the country's 15 four-stars nearby, with two more elsewhere on the Pacific Coast), California is college football's unquestioned quarterback hotbed at the moment.
Assembled by SB Nation. Data via 247 Sports Composite. Created with Google Maps.
It's also a down year for quarterback talent elsewhere, which complicates matters ... maybe even more so than the map suggests:
Crop of 2014 quarterbacks in East so much better than the 2015 group. Good number of 2015 East 4-star QBs would have been 3-stars in 2014— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) May 25, 2014
Texas, long considered the country's top quarterback source, has just two quarterbacks rated as blue-chips so far ("so far" is key, as players will continue to be evaluated. The current list of 18 four- and five-stars will likely add a few more names). The entire rest of SEC country has six, though quarterback is the one position the Southeast isn't known for cranking out.
But that doesn't mean the rest of the country will let the Pac-12 hoard all the arms, and it's hard to keep the SEC out of anywhere. Alabama and Florida have commits among the SoCal six, and teams from the Midwest are in the race for Anaheim's Travis Waller:
Crop of quarterbacks in East & Southeast is weak, while West is very strong. SEC/ACC/B1G teams looking West of Rockies for QB this year.— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) May 28, 2014
It's a hot year for Pacific recruiting in general, with six of the Composite's top 16 prospects coming from California or Hawaii. Nobody's going to overtake Alabama for the top class, and Texas A&M is looking like a good bet for second, but don't be surprised if USC or UCLA finishes in the top 10.