St. Louis QB Bobby George
leaning toward Pac-10
By Paul Honda
Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002
HONOLULU—It may not be what University of Hawaii football fans want to hear, but Bobby George wants you to know something.
In an interview with HSN Saturday afternoon, George said he is leaning toward going away for college, no offense meant (no pun intended, either) toward the Warriors and their legion of diehard fans.
George, a first-team All-HSN selection at quarterback as a sophomore, enters his senior season as the premier quarterback in the state. Saint Louis is ranked No. 1 in the HSN Top Ten Poll, with a season opener against Punahou on deck. The Crusaders also have a meeting with the nation's No. 1 team, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), Sept. 21 at Aloha Stadium.
As for George, the 6-foot-1 slinger has drawn interest from Pac-10 Conference schools. "Washington and Washington State offered me visits," the laid-back senior said. Cal, he added, is also strongly interested.
"I want to go away," he admitted, noting the support of his family. "They don't mind if I go to the mainland."
Washington, he added, is a dream school. Washington State, however, runs an offense with Run and Shoot components, which would be a better fit for him.
Interestingly, UH has not shown George the same interest Pac-10 schools have, he said.
Current Warrior starting quarterback Tim Chang was the incumbent at Saint Louis when George was a freshman, and the UH Run and Shoot is very similar to the Crusaders' attack. Chang passed for more than 3,000 yards two seasons ago and was named Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.
In addition, UH wide receivers coach Ron Lee is a brother of Saint Louis Athletic Director and recently retired football head coach Cal Lee.
Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser starred at Saint Louis before graduating and paving the path for Chang. Gesser is an All-American candidate.
George, who sat out of Saint Louis' 28-6 win at Nanakuli Saturday night, is resting a sore back and is expected to start against Punahou next weekend.