Make no mistake, California, Florida, and Texas are the richest states when it comes to top flight college football prospects. One can argue all day which state has more talent. However, there is no argument that California has the largest population. With over 37 million people, it is amazing that there is no all-state game to display the Golden State’s top talent.
That changes in 2011.
The inaugural California All-State High School Game powered by Quicktwitch Sports will be played this December at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis – home of the CIF state track finals. Game director Curtis Allen has commitments from 17 of the state’s top prospects, including two 2012 U.S. Army All-Americans, that have accepted early invitations to play in the game.
“For us at Quicktwitch it’s an accomplishment to have the highly rated kids that D1 coaches speak highly of committed,” said Allen. “And not only have the best players in the country but the best quality kids to represent the California All-State Game in the utmost respect.”
The format will feature two games – the Five-Star game and the Rising Stars game – in a North vs. South matchup. Another 200 will compete in the Underclassmen Showcase Camp the same week of the games. The Southern, L.A. City, and San Diego CIF Sections will comprise the South with the remaining seven sections making up the North. With two games, Allen and Quicktwitch can highlight 200 of the Golden State’s top football stars. As well, with the showcase camp, he can select early invites for the 2012 game.
“In talking with top D1 schools, we feel the Underclassmen Showcase Camp will be a great platform for the all the top 200 players in the state to compete against each other,” said Allen. “They can improve their work ethic, raise their level of play, and if they are one of the top players in California we’ll select 20 of them to play in the game next year.”
Early commits from the North include three-star San Ramon quarterback Zach Kline, who is verbally committed to Cal. Also committed is three-star quarterback prospect Mike Baker out of Fresno Central.
Kline is one of the top QB in
the 2012 class.
The Golden State’s top running back in the 2012 class, San Jose Valley Christian four-star Byron Marshall, will highlight the offensive backfield for the North. He will be joined by three-star Fresno Memorial running back Chris Brown. Three-star wide receiver Dalen Jones out of Woodland is also committed.
The 2010 Stanford Nike Football Training Camp offensive line MVP Stephon McCray out of Fresno Bullard will anchor the North’s o-line.
Early commits for the south include three-star El Cajon Christian Junior Senior quarterback Shane Dillon, who holds two early from Cincinnati and Ohio State, and three-star San Clemente quarterback Travis Wilson.
At 6-foot-6, Wilson has ideal
Three-star Westlake Village Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams headlines the backfield.
Adams’ Oaks Christian teammate wide receiver Jordan Payton is one of two 2012 U.S Army All-Americans committed to the game. The four-star USC verbal commit and four-star Bellflower St. John Bosco wide receiver Bryce Treggs are two of the top receiver prospects in the nation. Treggs holds offers from California, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, and UCLA among others.
Also committed is future USC wideout Darreus Rogers out of Carson. The South will also feature one of the most decorated tight end recruits in the 2012 class – San Diego Westview’s Taylor McNamara. The four-star prospect holds offers from across the country including Florida State and Ohio State.
Treggs maybe the top WR in the
The other 2012 U.S. Army All-American committed is Encino Crespi offensive guard Jordan Simmons, who added four more verbal offers this week to his already impressive list of suitors. Three-star San Clemente offensive tackle Kyle Murphy joins Simmons on the line. Murphy sports early offers from Cal, Duke, and Stanford.
Defensively, the South will feature three-star Temecula Chaparral linebacker C.J. Dozier, and three-star Compton Dominguez cornerback Brandon Beaver.
Simmons holds over 10 offers.
A handful of other early invites have yet to commit. Regardless, Allen will fill most of the 170 plus remaining spots with the top performers from the various All-State Combines held up and down California this spring.
For combine registration and information on the California All-State High School Game, please visit the All-State Game website.