QBs pace Northern California recruiting

Updated: May 31, 2002, 12:39 PM ET
By Tom Lemming | ESPN.com
ALAMEDA, Calif., May 24 -- The top players in Northern California met me at the Oakland Raiders' facilities, where new head coach Billy Callahan had a chance to talk to the prospects and OL coach Aaron Kromer gave them a tour.

As is often the case, California is loaded with QBs, and two of the nation's top signal-callers highlighted the Northern California gathering. Kyle Wright (6-4, 200) of Danville's Monte Vista H.S., is one of the top two prospects in the state and may be one of the top five or so recruits nationally; he's probably this year's version of Ben Olson from the Class of 2002. He threw for more than 3,100 yards and 29 TDs last season and has been offered by just about everybody.

Dennis Dixon (6-4, 186) of San Leandro is definitely one of the top five QBs in the state and is probably the most athletic one. Like Wright, he has a lot of schools chasing him, but he's going to take his time and not make an early decision.