'It's a great day,' says Costello

KJ Costello threw well enough on Wednesday to earn a coveted offer from Tony Franklin and the alma mater of his longtime quarterback coach -- none other than one Nate Longshore. What does the former Cal signal caller have to say to the potential future QB? Find out inside ...

Before he had even gone home to take a shower after his workout on Wednesday, 2016 Rancho Santa Margarita quarterback K.J. Costello got a call from California offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who was watching the 6-foot-5, 205-pounder very closely

"It's a great day," Costello said as he walked into his house, having left that morning without an offer from the Bears, and coming home with one. "I was actually really happy with myself. I knew he was coming out, and I don't really like talking about myself, but I felt like I had a really good day. I was slinging it around well. We did a little pocket movement stuff, and overall, I had a really good day."

After injuring his off shoulder at the end of last season, Costello has spent much of the offseason in the weight room, working on his lower half, and it showed on Wednesday.

"The off shoulder is 100 percent, ready to go, and I actually feel like it's stronger than it was before," Costello said. "This offseason, I put a lot of work into my legs and lower body, really trying to build strength down there, as well as the core, so I feel like I'm getting more power from my lower half, as well as my upper body. It's something that I do believe is my strength, and down the road, I want to continue to become stronger and faster. I feel like it's a great attribute to have."

It's an attribute that Costello admittedly developed because he was unable to really go to town on his upper body due to his shoulder limiting his workouts.

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What he did manage to do this offseason, though, paid big dividends as Franklin sat down to take a gander.

"He said he was really surprised; he saw my film, and he really liked my film, but he thought he saw a lot more arm strength live that he wasn't able to see on film," Costello said. "He said that was definitely a stand-out thing, as well as the pocket movement stuff. Seeing me in person, size, height and arm strength, he said there's no question that he'd love to have me at Cal."

The offer is especially meaningful to Costello because his longtime quarterback coach is former Bears quarterback Nate Longshore.

"He's been my coach since I was in seventh, eighth grade, ever since he was at Santa Margarita [as an assistant]," Costello said. "He was my coach my freshman and sophomore year at Santa Margarita, and him being very well-known up there, we've always joked around about me following in his footsteps, and honestly, it means a lot to me. I know all about Cal football. I've been watching it growing up. It's always on the channels around here. I just really enjoy their style of play and the way they go about things. Longshore, him being a graduate from there, he has nothing but great things to say. We've always joked about me possibly going there, and there's definitely a high chance of me going there, no doubt."

Longshore's impressions aside, Costello has a big affinity for the school in his own right, with a sparkling 4.2 GPA.

"I know Cal is one of the top public institutions in the nation, and that really means a lot to me," Costello said. "Football is definitely up there, and I want to find a place where I feel like I fit in with the coaching staff, as well as the people, but I take my academics very seriously. I want to continue that through my college career. I know that some day, football will come to an end, and having a degree from Cal will open a lot of doors in the future, after football."

The offer from Cal is the third this month for the four-star signal-caller, who earlier pulled down Florida State and then Tennessee.

"It's been a crazy, hectic couple of weeks, with just things blowing up in front of my face, and I'm really trying hard to keep my mind open," Costello said. "There's no doubt that my feelings jump around every other day, but I'm trying to keep my mind open and look at every possible opportunity, but I have a whole lot of respect for Cal, and I can possibly see myself playing there, three years down the road."


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