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February 10, 2006ORANGE, Calif. - Aaron Corp of Orange (Calif.) Luthern might be the best quarterback in Southern California not named Jimmy Clausen.
Corp, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound, hasn't gotten as much national attention as Clausen, Rivals.com junior player of the year, but he'll be just as much of a national recruit by the time his senior season starts.
Corp threw for 1,634 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 591 yards and eight scores, which led his team in rushing. He's a total dual-threat quarterback and the type his coach thinks the world of.
"He's built like a classic drop back quarterback, and he can throw the ball more than 65 yards in the air, but he's got 4.6 speed," Orange Lutheran coach Jim Kunau said. "He scrambled for long a score against Crenshaw, one of the fastest teams that we played.
"Against Mater Dei, he had three long touchdowns to win the game for us. He completed 60 percent of his passes this year and you'd swear he was a pocket only guy, but then he takes off on you and makes it impossible for him to be caught."
Corp knows he has some special skills.
"With my height and my speed, I would say that I'm not your typical quarterback," he said. "I'd rather throw the ball and make plays that way, but I always know if I need to, I can make something happen on the ground, too."
With all the post-season honors (all-CIF, all-league and all-area), Corp knows recruiting attention is about to heat up. He's excited about his future, but isn't going to let it get to this head.
"I don't think there's pressure on me at all," he said. "I know I have a lot of expectations and people will want me to this and want me to that. There will be a lot of people pulling me in different directions.
"But I have to stay focused on what's important. That's winning football games for this season and getting academically ready for the next level. The coaches here do a great job of getting us ready for everything that life throws at you."
And that includes recruiting.
UCLA, California, Colorado and Ohio State are some of the teams already in contact via mail with Corp, but his coach thinks he'd be a great fit in a system that likes to use mobile quarterbacks.
"He's the ultimate field general," Kunau said. "He's the type of kid that would excel in an Urban Meyer style passing offense or at a place like Northwestern or Oregon."