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Ramona QB has something to show colleges

01/14/2016, 8:00am PST
By John Maffei

Alex Spanos All-Star Classic offers graduating seniors chance to display skills for scouts

Ramona quarterback Marco Cobian will help lead the North team in the Alex Spanos All-Star Classic for graduating seniors at 6 p.m. Saturday at San Diego Mesa College.

With Marco Cobian’s size, accuracy and arm strength, Ramona High football coach Damon Baldwin firmly believes his quarterback should have been a top-notch, Division I college recruit.

“Five years ago, he would have had 20 college offers,” said Baldwin, a former offensive lineman, who coached a decade at San Diego State and played professionally in the NFL, USFL, and World League.

“But teams are looking for read-option quarterbacks. They’re looking for athletes.

“It’s not that Marco isn’t athletic, but he is a true, dropback, pro-style quarterback.”

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Cobian is one of two quarterbacks — along with Shea Morales of Carlsbad — on the North team for the 26th annual Alex Spanos All-Star Classic at 6 p.m. Saturday at San Diego Mesa College.

North coach Jason Texler, the head man at San Marcos, likes having just two quarterbacks.

“Some all-star games go with three or four QBs,” Texler said. “I like having two.

“I want these guys to get a chance to play, a chance to showcase themselves and a chance to lead us.”

In three years as Ramona’s varsity starter, Cobian has completed 316 of 572 passes for 4,874 yards with 24 interceptions and 40 touchdowns.

He threw for 1,807 yards on a 4-7 team last season.

It was an injury-riddled junior year when he threw for 1,737 yards, completed 59.8 percent of his passes with 22 TD passes and only four interceptions that should have drawn the attention of recruiters.

It didn’t.

Cobian took his first recruiting trip last week to the University of Chicago, an NCAA Division III school and one of the top academic universities in the country.

He has also drawn interest from Azusa Pacific, an NAIA school that is coached by former Rancho Buena Vista standout Victor Santa Cruz, and William Jewell, an NCAA Division II team in Kansas City.

William Jewell signed La Jolla quarterback Collin Rugg, Bishop’s all-purpose back Bulla Graft and Montgomery offensive lineman Cesar Jacobo last season.

“I enjoyed my trip to Chicago,” said Cobian.

“It’s nice to know schools are interested, but I’m looking at Saturday’s game as an opportunity for schools to get a look at me.”

College academics won’t be a problem for Cobian. He carries a 4.23 GPA and is ranked 13th in his class.

His mother, Melissa, is the principal at Ramona Elementary School. His sister, Katie, was the valedictorian at Ramona in 2012 and is a student at Notre Dame.

“School has always been important in our home,” Cobian said. “My mom is a big influence. And I really admire my sister. But she doesn’t have eight varsity letters.”

Football isn’t Cobian’s only sport.

A four-year varsity letterman, he’s averaging 18.2 points and 4.7 rebounds on a basketball team that’s 12-4 and is the top-ranked Division III team in the San Diego Section.

He’s averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in his high school career.

He has been pulling double duty the last two weeks with all-star football practice and basketball.

“I’m juggling things the best I can,” Cobian said. “I want to do well in the all-star game, but I want to see basketball through to the finish. I think we can make a deep run in the playoffs.

“This by far is the best Ramona team I’ve been on. Coach (Zack) Cole holds guys accountable.

“That’s what I love about Ramona. It’s a small town, and we’re like brothers. We’ve all played together — football and basketball — since we were kids.

“I love this town because there is so much pride in what we do.”

“Coach Baldwin is just awesome. He runs the football program like a college. There is a purpose behind our practices. He has such extensive knowledge.

“With his coaching, I feel I have a leg up on the competition. I feel I have a good base.

“All I need is for a college to give me a chance.”

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