QB Intrigued by BYU Environment

BYU's history of great quarterbacks is a strong selling point when recruiting high school talent. For one talented signal caller from California, however, it is the moral atmosphere, not the storied past and glittering trophy cases that make BYU attractive.

Chris Forcier is a four-star quarterback from San Diego, California who is getting offers left and right. Last night Coach Doman from BYU informed Chris that BYU wanted his services.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound QB now has 14 offers from schools like UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Alabama, Texas A&M, BYU, UNLV, and UTEP. So with all those offers could Forcier possibly be interested in BYU?

"BYU is definitely in the picture," said Forcier. "I like BYU because they are school that will prepare me as a person both on and off field. Right now I am wide open to every school. I haven't narrowed anything down yet, but I'm looking for a good football school where I can come in and compete and play that also has good academics, and BYU has that."

Forcier, who is not LDS, said he really likes the idea of a private religious school.

"I go to a private school right now [St. Augustine]," Chris said. "I really like how they teach about God and all. It's really cool to me."

Forcier said that BYU found out about him from an insider on the team.

"When I went to Carlsbad High School, I was friends with Vic So'oto," Forcier said. "Vic told the BYU coaches about me and Coach Doman offered me a scholarship."

Forcier said he does not talk to So'oto that much now, but got a message from him online a few days ago.

Last year as a junior, Forcier threw for 2,632 yards and 32 touchdowns. He runs a 4.5 forty and was named first team all-state. His brother Jason, a football player at Michigan, helped Chris with this process.

"I went on a lot of the trips with my brother when he was a senior," Forcier said. "So I got to see how coaches treat the recruits and all."

Forcier said that he is looking to get out of California and experience something new. He will be visiting the southern states as well as the Midwest and east coast this summer. He has not ruled out a trip to BYU, but is not sure at this point.

The factors Forcier will be considering in a school are the relationship with the coaches and players.

"If you're going to spend four years at a school, it's important to get along with the team," Forcier said.

Forcier is a pocket passer but can run if he needs too.

"Some guys just take off and try and run for yards when the pressure comes," Forcier said, "but I like to run to keep the play alive and find an open receiver and then run for yardage if I have to."

This summer Forcier will be attending the Nike camp at Stanford and the one at Navy.


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