LAS VEGAS -- 2016 Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) quarterback K.J. Costello had a bit of an up-and-down season. From passing for 450 yards in the second game against Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman to tearing his labrum and separating his non-throwing shoulder in Week Seven against Anaheim (Calif.) Servite. A week ago, Costello was back on the field for the first seven-on-seven tournament of the spring, zinging passes to a new group of receivers on Body By Tra at the Las Vegas Pylon Elite 7on7 event. Even that experience wasn't without its bumps, though.
"This is my first time throwing with these guys," Costello said. "I was on Snoop Dogg's team, and Cordell [Broadus] went to Gorman, so that split up the Snoop Dogg team. Everyone split up, because he wasn't running it anymore, so I hopped on Body by Tra, and since then, we've been doing really well."
It was the first time that Costello had thrown full-tilt, but he was throwing the football around a month after surgery to repair that torn labrum, which shortened his season and limited him to just seven attempts – all incomplete -- in the first-round playoff game against JSerra.
"The doctor said three or four weeks for a separated shoulder. I sat out one game and then came back two weeks later, and we beat Mater Dei, and I was kind of on-off for the tenth game, because it was still bugging me," Costello said. "I didn't want to screw it up so bad. I needed surgery anyways, but the longer I played, I was going to be out for spring, so we were kind of going back and forth, kind of playing conservative, but then we ended up getting knocked out by JSerra in the first round."
The decision of whether or not to undergo surgery, then, was made for the four-star signal-caller, and two days after the end of the season, he went under the knife.
"I think it's going on four months, last week, so I'm still coming back," Costello said on Sunday. "I was only limited in throwing for a month, because it's my off shoulder. It wasn't that big a deal, but I'm 100 percent now. I'm ready to go."
So ready, in fact, that he won the quarterback MVP of a recent camp in Northern California, while he was on a weekend swing to see Stanford. What wasn't scheduled, though, was a stop off in Berkeley to check out the California Golden Bears.
Wide receivers coach and associate head coach Rob Likens got in touch with Costello and said that the staff wanted to chat with him – including offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and head coach Sonny Dykes.
"Franklin, the O-coordinator, nice guy," Costello said. "I sat down with coach Dykes, and we had a good conversation. He said they're planning on offering any time soon, and he said he wants to come out in the next two weeks. He said they've never offered a quarterback without seeing him throw live. In the next two to four weeks, he wants me to come up there, or they're coming down here in spring, anyways, so whatever I want to do, if I can fit it into my schedule."
The spring evaluation period opens up on April 15, and that's when the staff will take a live look at Costello, and likely extend an offer, even without a quarterback commit yet in the 2015 cycle.
"He told me that they watched my film as a staff, before I came up there on Friday. He said they really like it," Costello said. "They wanted to offer me on the spot, there, but they said they have yet to do it without seeing me throw live."
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