BYU offers Longshore: 3 Offers for Two QB Slots

LDS quarterback <b>Nate Longshore</b>, one of the top high school signal callers on the west coast, confirmed he was offered a scholarship from BYU last week during an unofficial visit to the Provo campus.

At 6-5 and 230 pounds, the Canyons High School star with 4.8 forty speed, threw for 2,100 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior.

Longshore was featured as "One to Watch" on earlier this year and was ranked the 21st best signal caller in 18 states by ESPN's prep recruiting guru Tom Lemming in an "Arms to Watch" preseason recruiting diary.

During his junior year, Longshore threw for 2,100 yards and had 18 touchdowns.

Greg Biggins, a west coast recruiting analyst with Student Sports and, compared him to a young "Ryan Leaf" with his pocket presence. Longshore told Biggins this week "I didn't even know they (BYU) were taking two quarterbacks, but they told me they were and offered me. I haven't really thought much about going to BYU, but it's good to have another option in case things fall through elsewhere."

He told Biggins that California, USC and UCLA remain his favorites.

Interestingly, BYU has more actively pursued two other highly touted high school quarterbacks in Jacob Bower from Meridian, Idaho, and Max Hall from Mesa, Arizona. Bower committed last week to the Cougars which, presumably leaves one more QB slot for BYU to fill in its 2004 recruiting class – if they sign two quarterbacks as Longshore indicated. Hall told TBS this week he would likely make a verbal commitment to the school of his choice within a week. His current favorites are Arizona State and BYU. He is the nephew of ASU Hall of Fame quarterback Danny White. Meanwhile, Longshore has been busy this summer attending various camps participated in almost 50 passing league games over the summer, He went up against some of the strongest competition on the west coast and reportedly held his own.

"I thought he did very well," said his father Todd Longshore. "He had some nice write ups and just hung in there with everyone. I haven't heard if he was definitely No. 1. It was more like he was the best here and the best there."

He said he has received offers from Oregon State, Arizona, UNLV, Colorado, Washington State, SDSU and Nevada-Reno. Other colleges also interested in him include Washington, California, UCLA and USC.

Despite his son's less-than-enthusiastic comments about BYU to analyst Greg Biggins, his father Todd is excited about BYU's offer.

"We are pretty excited about that. We have just been patient here and just waiting to see how things fall into place. We're going to go to the BYU-USC game. We had a nice talk with Brother (Norm) Chow and he is a great guy. So we will just wait and see what happens. We know USC is pretty stacked, but we hear that BYU has signed a quarterback out of Idaho."

As he readies for his senior season, Longshore is poised and positioned to break more passing records at Canyons High.

"We've got them posted here. We're ready to do that," said his father.

The younger Longshore noted that "I plan on majoring in business, so attending a school with a good business program is very important to me." He currently holds a 3.4 GPA and has passing the ACT test.

He concluded that he plans to serve an LDS mission in the future. "I turn 19 two years after I graduate, so I plan on playing or redshirting for a year and then leaving. I definitely intend on serving a mission."

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