November 18, 2007

Danville home to talented junior QB

It is never too early to look ahead.

Joe Southwick has yet to complete his junior season, but it appears that he will be one of the top quarterback prospects in California next cycle.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley has thrown for 4,000 yards and 33 scores the past two years.

Southwick helped his team to a 55-7 win over American High in the first round of the playoffs this Friday. They will face College Park in the second round.

"A lot of people have said that I have good field vision, I do take pride in that, being able to control the game and see the field," Southwick said when asked what his attributes behind center.

"A thing that has elevated my game this season is watching more film," he added. "I have this chart that helps me out; what they tend to do in certain situations and that definitely helps me out."

Stanford, Cal, Northwestern, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee, San Diego State, Iowa State and Purdue are among the colleges that have begun filling up Southwick's mailbox.

"I get letters every week from a lot of schools," he said. "I visited Stanford unofficially when they played Washington a couple weeks ago and they were pretty nice to me. I actually went to dinner with their coaches after the game. Cal is looking pretty good, too, I would say."

What will be the main factors that go into Southwick's college decision? "The number one thing will definitely be academics," he said. "I also want to see what my possibility for playing time is at that University. I'll also be looking at the history of the program and the overall atmosphere."

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