Put it On the Board: QBs

Manny Wilkins. (Ryan Gorcey/Scout.com)

We take a look at Cal's recruiting board, position-by-position, with scouting breakdowns and recruiting analysis, starting with the keystone position: Quarterback.

Kyle Allen
Overall Ranking: 7
Position Ranking: 1

The Skinny: Allen is the top quarterback in the 2014 class, and has his pick of potential collegiate destinations. He has offers from 17 schools, including Cal, and is the only signal-caller currently on the board with an offer. As a sophomore, Allen threw for 2,547 yards and 25 touchdowns to 11 picks, and as a junior, he completed 202 of 280 passes (72.1%) for 3,119 yards, 36 TDs and 7 picks. The scary thing is: He's only getting better. Allen's a long shot, and hasn't spoken about the Bears much, if at all.
Scouting: He wasn't a Max Browne-type, clear-cut No. 1 overall quarterback two months ago, but he's since surpassed Keller Chryst thanks to a dominant start to the camp season. Now, there are myriad reasons Allen is the country's top quarterback. First, his size: He's 6-foot-3, 195 pounds. Next: He's got a powerful arm capable of making every throw on the field, he can roll out to either side and make throws on the run and he can move well for his size, with an ability to gain yards with his legs if he has to.

Cade Apsay

The Skinny: Apsay has garnered early interest from a lot of top-flight schools, but only has one offer at the moment, from Arizona. The 2012 Foothill League Offensive Player of the Year set single-season school records for passing yards in a single game (415), TD passes in a single game (5), single-season touchdown passes (39), passes completed in a single season (206), passing yards in a single season (3,333) and passing yards per game in a season (277).
Scouting: Apsay shows up very well on film and has a very nice skill set. At 6-2, 180, he's a bit on the small side, but he does have a quick release, good feet in the pocket and a live arm. He's adept at fitting the ball into some very tight spaces. He's got a big arm down-field, and is a running threat, as well, gaining 341 yards on 108 carries during the season -- the second most rushing attempts on his team. That's one of the biggest reasons the Bears -- with the new spread-based offense -- are taking a look Apsay's way.

Christian Chapman

The Skinny: Chapman so far has offers from Washington State and San Diego State, as well as SMU, BYU and Arkansas State, but the Bears have been poking around. The fact that the Cougars -- under head coach Mike Leach -- have extended an offer to the 6-foot-1, 190-pound signal-caller says that he's a fit in the type of system that Sonny Dykes and Tony Franklin are installing in Berkeley.
Scouting: A high-football IQ quarterback, Chapman has a pretty quick release with good RPM on the ball. Chapman is among one of the most polished young quarterbacks in the state of California, but he's a bit on the short side. Carlsbad head coach Thadd McNeal has coached 15 scholarship quarterbacks in his career, so Chapman comes from a good coaching pedigree. His playing style is similar to current Arizona quarterback Jesse Scroggins, but Scroggins was about three inches taller at the same age. Last season, though, the Lancers were 5-7, with Chapman completing 133 of 251 passes (53%) for 1,899 yards, with 18 touchdowns and five picks. He rushed 42 times for just 56 yards, so that doesn't really help his case. He's going to develop a lot over this summer, so the story isn't quite over yet, and he's impressed the Scout.com recruiting staff plenty when we've seen him in person. He's an option, but I'd have to think he's a Plan B or C at this point.

Keaton Dunsford

The Skinny: So far, only Harvard has offered Dunsford, but the Bears, Penn, Princeton and Yale are all interested, and it's no wonder, with a 4.4 GPA and a 31 on the ACT. But, Dunsford seems to be much more than just a big brain; He is every inch of 6-foot-4, and every pound of his listed 220. He has the height of a Jared Goff, but with the build of a tight end. It's tough to see why more schools haven't jumped on board. Several weeks ago, offensive line coach Zach Yenser paid a visit to Cardinal Newman to check out Dunsford in person, and word is he was quite impressed with Dunsford's size.
Scouting: Speaking of Goff, Dunsford and Cardinal Newman gave Goff and Marin Catholic just about all they could handle in the North Coast Section Division III semifinals last season, completing 17 of 28 passes for 261 yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown with just one pick in a 42-37 loss. Last season, Dunsford threw for over 2,400 yards with 25 TD passes and five picks. He has a quick release and isn't shy of contact or stepping up in the pocket. He's also a very powerful runner who doesn't go down easily, which could fit well into the new Cal offense.

Luke Rubenzer

The Skinny: Rubenzer got a visit from Tony Franklin this week down in Scottsdale, Ariz., and he's starting to pick up some BCS-level attention, but it's going slowly. So far, he has offers from Weber State and the service academies, with interest from Cal, Georgia Tech and Wisconsin. Saguaro has been one of the region's top teams in recent years, with multiple state titles and a bevy of Division I players, so if he's the real deal, you'll see more offers come around fairly soon.
Scouting: Saguaro coach Jason Mohns said of Rubenzer that he's a great competitor and a great leader. Rubenzer is better in the pocket than he is on the run, and is decidedly a pass-first quarterback. He is not, however, reticent to run, and when he does take off, he's an asset. He tallied over 4,000 yards of offense as a junior, completing 69% of his passes. In his varsity career, he's thrown 72 touchdowns to just 10 picks. He threw for 2,834 yards and 36 touchdowns to just 6 picks as a junior, rushing for 1,184 yards and 10 scores, so he certainly qualifies as a dual-threat, which is a fit for the Cal offense. But, as the Bears get bigger along the offensive line, they're going to need taller quarterbacks, and that's something that Rubenzer is decidedly not. At 6-foot, 185 pounds, he's not exactly Dano Graves-small, but he's not big, either.

Manny Wilkins
Overall Ranking: 241
Position Ranking: 14

The Skinny: Even Wilkins isn't sure about whether having good friend Goff at Cal already is a good thing or a bad thing. He's fought head-to-head with Goff plenty over the years on the field, and while the two have a great relationship off the gridiron, they're going to be fighting for the same job. But, that's only got a chance to happen if the Bears offer. Wilkins will be gunning for that offer when he comes out to Cal's Elite Showcase camp in June, where he'll likely square off with Dunsford. Wilkins is primed to blow up this spring, and it's already started to happen, with Arizona jumping in first, along with Utah State, Colorado State and Wyoming. Arizona State has also been sniffing around, as have Duke, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA and Utah, among others. He's a four-star with a lot of intangibles to go along with his physical gifts, so after he competes at the Oakland NFTC and the Elite 11 regionals in northern California, he's going to become a hot commodity. Wilkins has been around the Bears his whole life, so this won't be an easy decision to make, if and when he has to make it.
Scouting: I've seen Wilkins in person several times, and the first thing that strikes you about him is his poise. He's got a lot of grace under pressure, he's relaxed and has a very easy motion. He's a Roger Theder student, like Goff and Zach Kline, so his footwork is very smooth and fluid. He has a commanding presence, and works quickly and easily with new receivers. Both Brandon Huffman and Greg Biggins absolutely love Wilkins, and it's tough to argue once you've spoken with him and watched him throw. Here's why he could be a perfect fit for the Cal offense: As good a runner as Goff is, Wilkins can take it to another level, without losing much in the passing game. The San Marin (Calif.) Novato signal-caller ran for well over 600 yards this past season, and while he's not as tall as Goff (giving up about an inch and a half), he has a little more muscle and is a much more natural runner.

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