Quezada Impressed with BYU's Victory

As one could readily imagine, Cougar recruits both committed and uncommitted took notice of what BYU did against Oklahoma in the season opener. TBS caught up with the uncommitted Joshua Quezada to get his thoughts on the game and how recruiting is going for him.

Joshua Quezada is a 6-foot, 210-pound running back prospect from La Habra High School in Southern California. He has been receiving a lot of recruiting attention and offers from schools in the Pac-10, Mountain West and WAC. His offers include such schools as BYU, Utah, San Diego State, Fresno State, Washington and Hawaii.

Like many recruits, Quezada made unofficial visits to various schools throughout the summer. Among the schools he visited were BYU and Utah, and he came away impressed with both.

This past Saturday Quezada was able to observe several of his would-be suitors play.

"I saw San Diego State play, and although they lost I think I saw some good things," he said. "They'll get better for sure. Obviously I watched every minute of the BYU game and wow, that was great to see them win."

Quezada has been recruited to play both running back and safety, while some schools have indicated a future at linebacker for him. Right now, however, he wants to play running back, and while watching the Cougars play he could see himself fitting in very well at that position at BYU.

"I love how they use their running backs," he said. "What was explained to me was exactly what I saw against Oklahoma. They use them to pass the ball to a lot and I really like that. I know I'd fit in really well in their offense."

Quezada obviously came away impressed with the overall performance of the team. "I knew BYU was a competitive program that played good football," he noted. "But wow, I really didn't think they'd win that game. I knew they'd play hard, but they showed that they can play with and beat the best teams in the country. Obviously I'd love to play for a program that can do that."

Currently Quezada is waiting for his season to start this coming Friday. While he originally thought he'd commit by the start of the football season, he now realizes that he'll likely play out the season before deciding.

"I want to make official visits to all the schools that have offered me," he said. "I'd love to go back and visit both BYU and Utah again, but most of all I want to visit Hawaii. I have a friend that just committed there and I also want to visit Fresno State and take a closer look at what they have up there."

In regards to what position he wants to play in college, he admits to having a strong preference to playing running back.

"Washington is the only school that told me they definitely want me to play defense," he explained. "All the other schools want me as a running back but tell me that I could play defense if that's the way I want to go. Some schools even tell me that linebacker may be my best position. Right now I want to play running back, but I'm open to playing other positions if it's the right thing."

Quezada lists no favorites at this time and considers himself very wide open in regards to where he'll end up committing. TBS will keep up with Quezada throughout the season.

Super Sophomore

We informed you of Oakridge High's Thomas Johnson previously, as he impressed during Oakridge's game last week along with his teammates that are currently committed to BYU. We recently caught up with Johnson, and as one could imagine, things have yet to heat up for him on the recruiting front given that he's only a sophomore. That's bound to change, however, if he keeps performing like he did against Sunnyvale.

"I gotten a few letters from schools like Iowa State and Houston, but nothing much so far," he said. "I'm going to try and get my name out there, go to camps this summer and just keep on playing and hopefully things will work out."

Johnson is a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete that basically does it all for his varsity football team. This past Friday he was seen playing quarterback, running back and at safety.

"I like offense," he stated. "I'd prefer to stay on offense playing either running back or maybe receiver, but I'm open to playing defense."

Johnson claims a 4.41 forty time that appears to be accurate based on what we observed during his game. He has no favorite and is open to all offers, including a potential offer from BYU.

"I honestly don't know much about BYU right now other than that they have great fans," he said. "It was great how they showed up to support Ross [Apo], Teu [Kautai] and Tayo [Fabuluje]. That's the kind of school you want to play for. I haven't heard from their coaches yet, but all those guys tease me all the time saying that I'm going to go there and play there with them. I'd love to learn more about the program and the school, to be sure."


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