Kyle Lindquist of Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley High is moving into a scenario that California’s rice country has seen before – a scenario that occurred with one of Chico’s own back in 2002.
Lindquist was a toddler when a young quarterback named Aaron Rodgers was shattering school records at PVHS. He then heard and watched Rodgers continue to thrive against defenses at Butte College before landing at Cal through former Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford, as the future NFL star Rodgers became one of the first recruits for Cal’s new football leader.
Now, Lindquist is the latest quarterback from the renowned college town of over 88,000 to sign with a Football Bowl Subdivision program as he’s committed to Fresno State…and he’s accepted his preferred walk-on offer from the man who once swung by the Butte Valley to snatch up Rodgers - the new Bulldog head coach Tedford.
“Really, it’s crazy to compare me to Rodgers,” Lindquist told Scout. “It does drive me to be as great as him. It makes me want to go far like he did.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Class of 2017 prospect shared this Valentine’s Day present with his Twitter followers: His commitment to the Bulldogs, as he accepted a late PWO opportunity from them.
Lindquist not only finished off a stellar senior campaign with 2,871 yards, 35 touchdowns and just four interceptions, he went on to shatter some of Rodgers’ records. He also added a CIF section title and a state championship victory to his resume, as Lindquist guided the Vikings to the Northern Section Division II championship and a nail-biting 50-49 overtime victory over Long Beach (Calif.) St. Anthony for the state’s Division 4A crown.
But his recruiting period – like Rodgers’ in high school – moved at a slow rate. Lindquist only pulled in one full ride offer from Southern Oregon University, an NAIA program, on Jan. 16 and just two weeks before National Signing Day.
Then came the Bulldogs’ visit to PVHS when Tedford and his staff were trying to pilfer Lindquist’s top pass protector Syrus Tuitele, the state’s No. 9 ranked tackle prospect according to Scout. Lindquist said Tedford took the time to meet up with the quarterback and the two talked briefly. The conversation ended with the head coach passing along the contact number for Kalen DeBoer, Tedford’s new offensive coordinator.
Lindquist later placed a call to DeBoer…and the rest was history, as Lindquist was immediately drawn to Fresno State.
“We talked quite a bit,” Lindquist said. “We just talked about the goals they have at Fresno State and the offense we would run.”
Lindquist plans to enroll at FS on June 19 and will take part in the summer workouts. He’s looking closely at a future career in physical therapy as Lindquist plans to major in the Kinesiology field, which is one of the stronger academic programs on the FS campus.
He’ll be heading into a crowded quarterback race for Tedford’s first Bulldog team, as he’ll join Jorge Reyna and Brent Bailey as the incoming 2017 signal callers. Lindquist, though, is confident in Tedford’s vision for Bulldog football.
“Tedford is a great coach. I know he’ll turn the program around. I’m excited,” Lindquist said.