Thanks everyone for all the great information. It's a lot to digest, just like the entire recruiting process.
There has been some interest from a NorCal Juco, but they are not in the Big 8 league. He's had some contact and interest from Jucos in Oregon and Washington, although several people have advised that he should get outside of the NWAC, if possible. Staying in state has some financial advantages since we have a grant program that helps pay the cost of community college for residents. It's actually the only form of financial aid we qualify for. Cost becomes a huge factor if your sending your kid away to live on his own in California. Some of the NorCal Jucos do have dorms, so that is helpful, but the costs for out of state kids rival in-state tuition at some of our state schools.
JCG - thanks for that link. I'll need to spend some time scouring that site.