Miami Hurricanes Jake Garcia latest West Coast quarterback moving east

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Miami Hurricanes 2021 signee Jake Garcia is the latest among multiple quarterbacks from the West coast who have moved east for college. Garcia played his final season of high school football in Georgia but primarily grew up in California. Several other highly ranked west coast QBs have moved east for college.

Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler, D.J. Uiagalelei of Clemson and Bryce Young of Alabama who the Miami Hurricanes play in the season opener all played their high school football in the Western part of the United States. Rattler is from Phoenix, Arizona, Uiagalelei and Young are from California.

Garcia signed with the Miami Hurricanes after finishing his high school career at Grayson, outside of Atlanta by leading the Rams to the state championship. Garcia previously played for legendary Long Beach Poly and Narbonne before transferring to La Habra all in California. Garcia left California after the season was canceled.

Garcia was the 47th ranked player, fifth-ranked QB and seventh-ranked player in Georgia in the Class of 2021. Garcia was the third highest-ranked player and top offensive signee for Miami in 2021. Five-stars, defensive tackle Leonard Taylor and safety James Williams are the only 2021 Miami signees ranked ahead of Garcia.

Garcia is the highest-ranked QB Miami has signed since Kyle Wright in 2003. Wright was the third-ranked player, top-ranked pro-style QB and third-ranked California in the Class of 2003. Not only is Garcia part of a recent trend of QBs moving east for college, he is also part of a long line of Miami QBs from the Golden State.

The trend began with backup QB Geoff Torretta, his brother Gino who led Miami to a national championship and Heisman Trophy and included the Miami leader in wins Ken Dorsey and all-time leading passer Brad Kaaya. California was long the leader in producing elite QBs before Texas became fertile ground for elite signal-callers.

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After a year backing up D’Eriq King, Garcia will compete with 2020 Miami signee Tyler Van Dyke and 2022 commit Jacurri Brown to be the starter in 2022. With Brown, Garcia and Van Dyke the Miami QB room has a bright future. King will be an excellent mentor to Garcia and Van Dyke in 2021 in his final collegiate season.