California is arguably the most talented state in the country when it comes to football talent. In fact, since 2000, no state has sent more high school prospects to the NFL than California. With the inaugural Cal-State Game set to kickoff on Dec. 23 of this year, California may also be able to argue that it has the most talented in-state high school football all-star game as well.
Shaq Thompson is one of 31 prospects playing in the 5-Star game that are ranked in the 247Sports Top 50 in California.
Hosted by Quick Twitch Sports, the Cal-State Game weekend will actually consist of two games on Dec. 23rd: the 5-Star game, consisting of the top 100 players in California as selected by the Quick Twitch staff, and the Rising-Star Game, consisting of the next 100 prospects in the state.
The 5-star game is headlined by one 247Sports five-star in Shaq Thompson out of Sacramento (Calif.) Grant though he will have plenty of talent around him. Of the top 50 prospects as rated by 247Sports in the state of California, the game is scheduled to feature 31 of those prospects as well as 53 of the state’s top 100.
Among the elite names scheduled to be in attendance are Notre Dame commits Tee Shepard and Deontay Greenberry, both top100 prospects on 247sports. Michigan offensive line commit Eric Magnuson will be headlining the trenches and will be tasked with blocking the likes of four-star Aziz Shittu. Two of the top quarterbacks in the country will also be in attendance. Cal top100 commit Zach Kline will compete with fellow top100 Pac-12 commit Travis Wilson who is committed to Utah.
The 5-star game will also be littered with major prospects already committed to Pac-12 schools and other national programs. UCLA has the most committed prospects in the game with seven, led by four-stars Raymond Ford and Aaron Porter. However Arizona State’s strong recruiting efforts have the Sun Devils right behind with six of their commitments slated to play in the game including four-star Salamo Fiso.
Arizona and Boise State each also have five commitments in the game while USC will be represented by four verbal pledges. However plenty of uncommitted prospects will also be in attendance led by Jordan Payton, Ishmael Adams and Freddie Tagaloa.
Immediately preceding the 5-Star game, the Rising Stars game will feature plenty of elite prospects that are looking to up their stock or earn scholarships. Plenty of committed players will be playing in that game as well, including Texas A&M commit Alonzo Williams, Arizona State commit Josiah Blandin and Arizona commit T.D. Gross. Meanwhile late risers like quarterback Tyler Ferguson will be looking to make a name for themselves against elite talent.
Throughout the week leading up to the game, 247Sports will be on hand in Fresno, Calif. to provide practice reports, recruiting updates and analysis of what is shaping up to be a talent-laden event on some NFL-rich soil.