Louisville offers 4-Star California QB

When Louisville offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm took a recruiting trip to California in January he was wowed on a stop at Upland HS by 6-4, 205-pound Josh Nunes. Now, the Cardinals have formally made their interest known in Scout.com's No. 14-ranked quarterback prospect nationally, recently extending Nunes a scholarship offer.

When Louisville offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm took a recruiting trip to California in January he was wowed on a stop at Upland HS by 6-4, 205-pound Josh Nunes. Now, the Cardinals have formally made their interest known in Scout.com's No. 14-ranked quarterback prospect nationally, recently extending Nunes a scholarship offer.

So how did the four-star California gun-slinger register on Brohm and Louisville's recruiting radar?

"Back in January I gave Coach Brohm (Josh) profile and showed him a 15-play clip and the first two or three plays most coaches said ‘wow'," said Upland assistant coach Mike Esquivel. "The first play showed him as a sophomore throwing a 72-yard bomb over the middle to tie up the game in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. Coach Brohm was very excited about that and he took back the information. He said Josh was one of the top guys that he was looking at. So he liked his arm strength and his GPA (4.6)."


Upland, California QB Josh Nunes is
one of Louisville's top targets in 2009.

Last week, Louisville send Nunes a formal scholarship offer.

"He's very excited about the Louisville offer," Esquivel said. "Coach Brohm has been here a couple times and I had a chance to talk with him in Las Vegas at a coaching clinic hosted by adidas to talk about Josh. He's excited about Louisville. He's talked with Coach Brohm and he's fired up."

As a junior, his first full season as Upland's starter at quarterback, Nunes completed 124-of-216 passes (57 percent) for 2,105 yards and 14 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Nunes passed for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. He was named league Co-MVP last season.

"He's a 4.6 kid who has unbelievable talent," Esquivel said. "There's room for him to grow. There's a lot of potential there because he didn't start playing football until his freshman season. Last year was his first full season starting. To see him come from a baseball kid all his life to what he's done in football is unbelievable."

Besides Louisville, Nunes also has 11 offers currently, including impressive ones from Arizona State, Utah, Boise State, BYU, Stanford and California.

"Josh is wide open," Esquivel said. "There are some reports that say he likes UCLA, which he does but he's fairly wide open right now. He will not commit early but he will most likely commit during the summer or in early fall."

Could distance prove a negative factor in Louisville's pursuit of the California standout?

"We just had our spring break and he travelled – distance will not be a problem at all," said Esquivel. "He went to BYU and Utah. He went to Colorado's junior day. He went to Boise State. His family is able to travel. So Josh could be in-state in California or he could go out of state. He's definitely open to that."

As for UCLA – Upland is about 60 miles east of L.A. – the Bruins are taking a wait and see approach before offering a scholarship to Nunes.

"Coach Neuheisel and Coach Chow are going to take their time on the process," coach said. "UCLA is one of his favorites but I'm not saying he's a Bruin 100 percent. Neuheisel is going to take some time evaluating him and that's what they've said numerous times."


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