Kessler Gets First BCS Offer

Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler is one of the top quarterback prospects in the West for the 2011 class. With two WAC offers on the table, the signal caller received his first BCS offer on Friday…

Cody Kessler (6-2, 205) is just getting started.

New Mexico State was the first school that officially offered him a scholarship last September. Fellow WAC member Fresno State offered him last month.

On Friday, Kessler landed his first coveted BCS offer.

"I just got another offer," Kessler told us Friday afternoon. "Pittsburgh!"

"I'm excited about it."

The Panthers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is the former OC at Fresno State (2002-05) and California (2008), which explains the West Coast ties for the Big East program.

Coming off his freshman year, it was Kessler's camp performance at California in the summer of 2008 that Cignetti first gained interest in the talented quarterback. Since, Kessler has started the last two seasons for Centennial leading the Hawks to the CIF Central Section Championship in 2009 while earning first-team all-state underclassmen honors.

"Coach Nixon (head coach Bryan Nixon) told me to call Cignetti today," said Kessler. "I called him and he offered. I'm going to call back later and talk to [head] Coach [Dave] Wannstedt."

Many more BCS programs are showing interest and could be offering soon including Pac-10 programs Arizona, Arizona State and national champions Alabama.

The Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain – also a former Fresno State offensive coordinator (2007) – called Coach Nixon this week inquiring about Kessler.

"Cody is in Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach Mac's (McElwain) top tier of quarterback recruits," said Cody Kessler's father, Don Kessler.

Kessler will compete next month at the Badger/New Level 7on7 Camp in Las Vegas.

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