December 11, 2010
With the 2010 high school season football coming to a close it's time to look ahead to the Class of 2012. Cali High Sports is the first site to come out with its list of the top players for 2012 as we unveil our Cali High's Top 15 which will be re-evaluated and expanded to a top 25 over the spring and summer. For a look at our 2011 rankings, click here.
We continue our countdown to #1 with San Ramon Valley quarterback Zach Kline who has already committed to play at the University of California.
#13 Zach Kline
School: San Ramon Valley
Schools Considering: Cal
NFL Comparison: Matt Schuab
The California Golden Bears have made news recently for landing top running back and former Washington commit Brendan Bigelow but another Bear commit who's still in high school could be the key to turning around the program currently mired in mediocrity. San Ramon Valley quarterback Zach Kline very well could follow Aaron Rodgers in the list of great Cal quarterbacks as even at the ripe age of 17 Kline possesses some of the best fundamentals of any quarterback in the country.
Kline is extremely fundamentally sound. He is very fluid into his three step and five step drops and shows great pocket presence and awareness. He doesn't get 'happy feet' in the pocket and does a good job stepping up when the pocket collapses. He does a nice job of stepping into his throws and transferring his weight and momentum, allowing him to get great zip yet also nice touch. He works methodically through his reads and spreads the ball around.
However Zach is a very good athlete and is able to step out of the pocket and make plays with his legs just enough to keep the defense off balance. Kline is also very good at making plays out of the pocket and even on the run delivers the ball with great accuracy and power. Kline's accuracy is probably his greatest strength, and he first gained Cal's attention at an Elite 11 passing camp when he won an accuracy contest.
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford is known for grooming great quarterbacks and his system requires a smart quarterback to make quick, decisive reads while also being able to make plays on the move. Zach Kline certainly seems to fit that bill.
Kline has a great frame for a quarterback and has room to add strength. The more strength he adds the better zip he will get on his passes. Zach is already so fundamentally sound that you have to think with natural improvements in the physical aspects of his game he could really blossom into an elite prospect and certainly has All-American potential.
The next level?: Kline is an extremely high level prospect and even though he has already committed to Cal expect every other Pac 10 school to try and lure away him away. However talking to Kline you get the sense that he is 100% committed to Cal no matter what offers come his way.
Kline told Cali High Sports that he is "very excited to work under a great coach like Coach Tedford and really become the best quarterback I can be." Cal has a solid quarterback coming in next year in Archbishop Mitty's Kyle Boehm but Kline could compete with him the day he steps on campus.
Zach Kline is an immensely talented player. Expect him to have a great off-season, a great senior season and see the field for Cal as early as his sophomore year.
Cali High Grade: 90