WIR: Sibling rivalry

Originally Published: October 27, 2006
By Henry Gola | Scouts Inc.

Picture the build-up for the "Manning Bowl" if NFL quarterbacks Eli and Peyton were still living under the same roof.

St. Augustine senior quarterback Chris Forcier and Scripps Ranch sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier will get to do what most brothers can only simulate in the backyard when their teams square off Friday at 7 p.m. local time at San Diego High.

"It's been crazy this week," Tate said. "We've been talkin' trash to each other, and I'm saying how I have more touchdown passes; [Chris] has been taking a lot of heat from my family."

Chris Forcier
Chris Forcier has quarterbacked St. Augustine to a 4-3 record entering Friday's game.
Their parents haven't sworn allegiances to either side. Older brother Jason, a former St. Augustine quarterback and now a backup at Michigan, won't be able to attend and has asked not to hear the result so he can truly enjoy the video of the game he'll be receiving soon after.

"This one will go on the record. This one matters," Chris said earlier this week.

Each brother's team is well aware of the sibling rivalry.

"My brother hangs out with a lot of the kids on my team, and I know a lot of the kids on Saint," Tate said. "Everyone at both schools has been talking about it all week."

Tate, whose given name is Robert, got his nickname from the 1991 movie "Little Man Tate," about a boy genius, and he's smart enough to learn from what his brothers have already experienced.

"I'm just having fun. I have three years left, including this year," he says. "They [my brothers] are going to help me through it. I just have to work hard."

The Forciers might not have the fame of the Clausens, that other Southern California quarterback family, but with Jason already on scholarship, Chris verbally committed to UCLA and Tate leading his team to a 6-1 record entering Friday's contest, maybe they should be.

Ryan Miller Time

Speaking of not being famous, offensive linemen lead largely anonymous football lives, usually hearing their names called only when they're flagged for a penalty.

But the one player who can protect the star quarterback, open holes for a star running back and quietly turn around a program is a left tackle.

That's why the verbal commitment of Ryan Miller (Littleton, Colo./Columbine) to Colorado is so important for first-year head coach Dan Hawkins.

Miller turned down offers from Notre Dame and USC, among others, and chose to stay close to home, and now Hawkins has someone he can count on every game to do the dirty work.

Take notice.

Etc.

Quarterback Klay Kubiak (Aurora, Colo./Regis Jesuit), the son of Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, will join his brother Klint at Colorado State.

"It will be ideal to be up there with him," Klay told the Denver Post. "I know a lot of his friends."

Henry Gola is the recruiting editor for ESPN.com

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