Stanton talks latest offer
QB Johnny Stanton
QB Johnny Stanton
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 16, 2012
Greg Biggins, National Recruting Analyst


Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton is easily among the top players in the West region. Some feel he’s more athlete than signal caller but he’s getting a lot of looks at quarterback and landed his third scholarship earlier this week.

No one can question Stanton’s ability as a football player. He’s a gamer and led the Eagles to a state title last season after throwing for 2,439 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for another 1,528 yards and 25 more scores.

It may not always look pretty, but Stanton is a winner and just gets the job done. He has actually been compared to Denver Bronco signal caller Tim Tebow multiple times and it’s not a bad comparison at all. He’s built like a linebacker and plays with that mentality at quarterback.

Washington and Air Force were Stanton’s first offers and No. 3 came out of the Pac 12.

California offered on Tuesday,” Stanton said. “Cal is a great program and has been at the forefront from the conference as long as I can remember. I attended Junior Day and really liked it a lot there. They’re rebuilding the stadium and the facilities and weight room are incredible.

“My quarterback coach, Nate Longshore, went to Cal and he has told me a lot about the school. Coach [Marcus] Arroyo is the one recruiting me and the last time we talked, he said to call him in a few days and he would have good news. I called him on Tuesday and he said I had an offer so that was great to hear.”

Stanton will hit the road in the coming weeks and check out a handful of schools. “In the next few weeks, me and some of my teammates are going to visit Colorado, Colorado State and Air Force,” Stanton said. “In late April, I’m going to Washington for Junior Day and I’m also going to the NIKE Camp in two weeks.

“Right now, I’m open to everyone. I don’t have a timetable on when I’ll make my decision. It could happen before the season or after, it’s up in the air. I’m just going through the process with an open mind and see how everything plays out.”

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Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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