Cal 2011 QB Recruit Nabs First Offer

Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler is one of the top prospects in the West for the 2011 class. He performed well at various camps this spring and summer, which included a stop at Cal's team camp in June. On Wednesday, he landed his first offer from a WAC school. But he says Cal has been consistently emailing him since Sept. 1…

Cody Kessler (6-2, 205) had a great showing at California's team camp in June. The same weekend Gabe King and company highlighted the elite camp, Kessler workout privately with head coach Jeff Tedford.

He says Cal is recruiting him hardest along with UCLA, Boise State, and Colorado. Moreover, he is receiving mail from schools across the nation but his first offer "came out of nowhere" as Kessler described it.

"New Mexico State offered," said Kessler.

"I was watching film with my coach at lunch and he said, ‘hey, Coach [R. Todd] Littlejohn, the recruiting guy called, they offered you today.' I was like who.

Kessler said he was surprised by the offer because it was the first contact he's had with the Aggies.

"I called Coach Littlejohn today and he goes the offensive coordinator was watching your film and called me and said I want him, offer him.

"I'm excited, it's my first one. I went to watch them last year when they played at Fresno State. They threw a lot."

With NMSU pulling the trigger, he is hoping others will follow suit.

"I get a lot of emails to call coaches, but I really haven't called any coaches. I'm hoping UCLA, Colorado, Cal, and Boise State [offer]. Those are the top four that have been sending me a lot of stuff and emailing me."

"I went to the UCLA game last Saturday to see them play San Diego State," said Kessler. "They had a lot of recruits at the game. It was cool. I got to go down on the field during pre-game. I got to talk to some of the players.

"Alabama sent me some stuff today. They invited me to their game against Virginia Tech last week, and again for their game this week. Colorado has been sending me something everyday. They send me like three things a day.

"Notre Dame, LSU, and Cal sent me stuff today. I've been emailing Cal a lot. "

"[Notre Dame] sent me something today saying I was one of their top recruits and that they want to get to know me a lot better."

Kessler's throwing motion and technique was described by Cal coaches as the "Tedford Throw" when he first camped at Berkeley as a rising sophomore in the 2008.

The Bears currently have four quarterbacks on scholarship and will add a fifth in 2010 with Austin Hinder. If Cal signs another elite quarterback in the 2011 class, the Bears will also carry five scholarship quarterbacks during the 2011 season, assuming none of the current signal callers transfer or leave school. Most FBS schools carry three scholarship quarterbacks with a walk-on as the fourth.

If Cal does pull the trigger, it's evident Kessler is atop their board among California quarterbacks.

Kessler is also a FBS basketball prospect. The talented athlete led the state in scoring (25 ppg) for sophomores.

"Washington State sent me a letter today for basketball letter," said Kessler. But he says his focus in on playing D1 football.

Kessler and the Hawks begin their season this Friday at Visalia (Calif.) Redwood.

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