Bears Land QB of the Future

Cal head coach Jeff Tedford makes it a point to recruit and sign at least one quarterback in each recruiting class. With elite 2011 QB Kyle Boehm having yet to sign his National Letter of Intent, Tedford has already received a verbal commitment from one of the top signal callers in the 2012 class…

Back in May, just wrapping up his sophomore year, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley quarterback Zach Kline took to the field at Cal's Memorial Stadium for the Elite 11 regional tryout.

Never having started a varsity game, Kline had all the measurables to make him a prospect to watch in the 2012 class. On that day, Kline won the Accuracy Challenge at the Elite 11 and parlayed a good performance there, and an ever better one two days later at the Stanford NFTC, into a spot as a ball boy at this year's Elite 11.

But little did he know that throwing that day at Memorial Stadium would get the ball rolling on his recruitment, which came to an end just a few months after it got started, on Sunday.

Playing in front of Cal coaches on Friday night in San Ramon Valley's game against San Jose Archbishop Mitty, Kline out-dualed current Cal commit Kyle Boehm, getting the win in the game.

More importantly, it netted him an offer from the California coaching staff, and on Sunday, Kline was able to fulfill a lifelong dream.

"It was good stuff, I was super excited with how today went," said Kline. "I just got offered and committed to Cal. It's the best fit for me, I know that. It's a place I wanted to go since I was eight years old. That's been my dream for as long as I can remember. Coach (Jeff) Tedford is a guy I want to play for. There is no one better than him in the game of college football. He's the best coach to me. He's a guy I want to play for. And I'm completely thankful that I can."

Kline never expected things to move as quickly as they did, but when his dream school offered, he didn't need much time to think about it.

"It's all going so fast," said Kline. "I just went into that game not trying to think about who was there and not trying to think about all the stuff of recruiting. My team did great. The linemen, they were perfect. It was awesome. It's crazy, how this weekend has been. I thought when I was talking to Coach Tedford, when it was all going down, I thought I was dreaming. I'm so blessed, and thank God for the opportunity. I couldn't ask for anything better."

Kline has wanted to be a Bear for quite some time, growing up near the Berkeley campus.

"Like I said, I wanted to go there since I was eight. It's really good, because my mom and my dad can see me play and my grandparents and my sister can. It's the best public school in the nation. When I was looking at schools, it was in order, academics, location then athletics," said Kline.

As Kline's day wore on during the NFL's opening weekend, Kline sat down to watch the Packers-Eagles game, and saw former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers at work, his favorite player.

"I try and model myself after Aaron Rodgers, and him being a former Bear legend, if I could even be half of what Aaron was at Cal, and is as a quarterback and is as a man, I'll be pretty successful," said Kline. "He carries himself as such a leader and with such poise. Now I'll get to go to the same school as him," said Kline.

Kline said he thought back to that time at Memorial Stadium, and how things have come full circle since he put himself on the map that day.

"I can't really describe it," said Kline. "There is nothing like home, and home is Cal," said Kline. "Stepping on the field and seeing that Cal emblem, was just like home. You go to a college game, and you envision yourself playing there on Saturdays. When I stepped on that field, I got goose bumps, and that even strengthened it even more, I envisioned myself in that Cal uniform."

Kline said the opportunity to work out at the Elite 11 this summer as a ball boy, was big in his development, not just as a football player, but as a top recruit.

"I learned all of that on the field and off the field, besides football and mechanics, but asked them questions like, 'how did you deal with the recruiting process' and stuff like that," said Kline. "They gave me great information, and they were all awesome dudes. Really, you just learn everything to improve your game. It was an awesome experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat."

Kline is 1-0 as a varsity starter, besting Boehm and Mitty, completing his first seven attempts and ending the evening 14-for-21 for 133 yards.

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