Strong-arm Californians (NCAA, MLB)

There are some former California high school players who are displaying some strong arms in recent weeks in both college football training camps and in major league baseball.

For the NCAA, here’s some updates on some of the top QBs from California at various training camps. Once some of these battles are decided, it then should become easier for odds to be set for many top games in college football betting.

Brad Kaaya is shown as a QB getting ready for senior year of high school. Photo: Tom Hauck (Courtesy Student Sports).

Brad Kaaya is shown as a QB getting ready for senior year of high school. Photo: Tom Hauck (Courtesy Student Sports).

Vernon Adams (Alemany, Mission Hills)
The only uncertainty surrounding Adams’ move to Oregon after actually graduating from Eastern Washington was a class he needed to pass. He did, his move has been approved and he could be a great fit in the Ducks’ offense.

Jake Browning (Folsom)
Earlier this week, Browning threw three interceptions in a matchup against the defense in a University of Washington practice. The all-time state touchdown pass and passing yardage leader, however, is said to still be in a battle for the No. 1 QB position as a true freshman.

Brad Kaaya (Chaminade, West Hills)
After leading Chaminade to the CIF D2 state title in 2013, Kaaya headed to Miami and by the end of the 2014 season was a solid starter for the Hurricanes. He comes into 2015 secure in his job, but amid the usual concerns about a sophomore slump.

Josh Rosen (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
Another true freshman and the top-ranked QB in the nation by many last season, Rosen’s battle for the UCLA No. 1 QB position has been overshadowed by other developments at Bruins’ camp, including the departure of WR Cordell Broadus, the son of rap icon Snoop Dogg.

For MLB, we all know how strong Gerrit Cole (Lutheran, Orange) has been this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. With him and others, that’s also probably cranked up the interest in baseball betting. Here’s a list on some of the others:

Dan Haren (Bishop Amat, La Puente)
The veteran was recently traded by the Miami Marlins to the Chicago Cubs and could be a key piece for the Cubs as a starting pitcher as they make a run at an elusive playoff berth.

Phil Hughes (Foothill, Tustin)
The former New York Yankee has been a standout this season for the Minnesota Twins. In his first 23 games, Hughes had only walked 15 batters, an average that was first in the American League.

Colby Lewis (North, Bakersfield)
He is having his best season for the Texas Rangers. Coming off of a lackluster 10-14 season in 2014, he’s among the American League leaders this year for wins.

Mike Montgomery (Hart, Newhall)
One of three Indians currently pitching in the major leagues (along with James Shields and Trevor Bauer), Montgomery already has two shutouts in his first season starting for the Seattle Mariners.

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