Loucks Nearing Decision

Pulaski Academy quarterback Stefan Loucks has several offers with California and Missouri at the top of his list and Arkansas - who has not offered - showing some interest for the guy who takes over for Mitch Mustain as the state's most prolific passer.

LITTLE ROCK - He may not be a surfer, but you can't blame Pulaski Academy rising senior Stefan Loucks if he is California dreaming just a bit.

That's because Loucks (6-2, 180, 4.7), who threw for over 4,300 yards and 43 touchdowns with just 13 picks as a junior, was out West visiting Cal-Berkley unofficially earlier this week after the Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford offered him a scholarship recently.

"California is nice," Loucks said Friday afternoon after a game in the Shooutout of the South 7-on-7 event. "It was perfect weather the whole time we were there – 70 degrees and nice. The campus is unbelievable. It is built into the side of a mountain. Plants are everywhere and they build their buildings down instead of up. Coach Tedford has done a great job there and sent a lot of quarterback on to the NFL and he is super nice."

Before he went to California, Missouri was probably in the driver's seat as the Tigers had already offered along with Auburn, Mississippi State, Arkansas State and New Mexico State.

"I guess after the Cal visit I would put them on top, but I have yet to visit Missouri so I need to get up there and see what it is like," Loucks said. "I am going to try and set that visit up real soon and try to make my decision as soon as I get back."

The Razorbacks have shown some interest, but not as much as some other teams.

"They talked to me some, but have only offered one quarterback so far in (Fort Smith Northside's) Kodi Burns," Loucks said. "He is more of an athlete at that position so he can play pretty much any position if he doesn't make it as a quarterback. I think they are pretty set at quarterback with (Mitch) Mustain and Casey Dick.

"I know the Arkansas' coaches and they are good guys," Loucks added. "They've explained to (Pulaski Academy head) Coach (Kevin) Kelly what their position is with the quarterbacks and I understand."

That said, Loucks hasn't totally ruled things out with the Razorbacks.

"If they offer, of course I would be interested," Loucks said. "It's close to home and like I said I know their coaches and they are good guys. If they offer, I will for sure be interested."

Loucks and Pulaski Academy – which also features USC running back commitment Broderick Green and a couple of top-notch wideouts in senior Brian Langford and junior Cruz Williams – went 5-1 in pool play on Friday.

The Bruins opened their day by downing Oklahoma's Heritage Hall 34-6, whipped Episcopal Collegiate 38-8, routed Helena 48-8, blasted Prescott 37-12 before losing to Allen 37-35 and downing Little Rock Parkview 26-2.

"This is great for us because it gets us a lot of great competition and we get a lot of confidence because we win a lot," Loucks said. "We are able to learn the plays and get used to each other before the season even starts."

Loucks has always been considered a very good quarterback, but he has flown under the radar a lot until this spring when a highlight tape went out and the offers came rolling in and he began to shed his underrated status.

"I don't mind," Loucks said. "It is kind of motivation. I know there are a lot of people who have seen me play and said ‘I have never heard of this kid,' but he's pretty good. Hopefully I have changed a lot of minds."


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