Standout Calif. QB Crist likes LSU

One of the top signal callers in the 2008 recruiting class, Sherman Oaks, (Ca.) quarterback Dayne Crist, has picked up several scholarship offers during the early part of the recruiting period.

LSU is at the top of the list.


"I have a lot of interests in LSU," the 6-5, 225-pound standout told Tiger Rag. "Their coaches have been nothing but positive and I have built a good relationship with them already. They offered me about two weeks ago."


"I've talked some with coach (Les) Miles and coach (Gary) Crowton, which has definitely been good.  I've also spent some time talking with (wide receivers) coach (DJ) McCarthy. He's the one who is heading up my recruiting. I was actually texting with him Monday night."


Crist added that, although he has never been to Baton Rouge before, he knows a few people who have made visits to LSU. That knowledge has helped increase his interests in the school.


He will get his first taste of Tiger football in a few weeks. Crist said he plans to attend LSU's spring game.


"I've already made my reservations for the spring game," he said. "I'm looking forward to going down there and checking everything out."


In addition to the Tigers, Crist has received extensive interest from schools throughout the country pulling in scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Oregon, Minnesota, Arizona, Iowa and Duke, among others.


"I've also gotten a lot of interests from the California schools like UCLA and USC," he said. "From the way they have been talking to me, I'm thinking they are pretty close to offering me as well."


Crist said that the local schools won't have an advantage over the other programs. He said he is willing to travel across the country to go wherever he feels he will be the most comfortable.


"I never really had a favorite team growing up," Crist said. "I was always just a college football fan. Even living in California, I've always been a fan of the way the SEC plays. I'm still looking at all the schools and wouldn't say I have a leader, but I do know that I have a lot of interests in LSU."


Crist said he likes LSU, but added there are several schools he really likes, most notably Notre Dame and Minnesota.


"There are different aspects of every school that I like," Crist said. "I really respect the tradition at Notre Dame, and I like Coach Weiss. It's also a real good academic school."


"Minnesota was the first school to offer me a scholarship. They have a bunch of new coaches, are seem like they are eager to turn their program around."


And what does he like about LSU?


"They have had great success recently, and are going to be a continually dominant program," he said. "The coaches have been great, and told me I could compete to play early there. That is something I like."


Crist said he wants to play early wherever he goes. But the biggest factor Crist is looking at when evaluating schools is his overall comfort level. He says he will know by his 'gut' feeling about the program.


Crist is a sprinter for the school track team and says he is counting down the days until spring practice, which will begin in late March or early April. He  said he will spend the off-season working out with hopes of fulfilling a few goals prior to his senior year.


"I definitely want to get stronger while keeping an athletic frame," Crist said. "I want to improve my accuracy and be able to move around better."


As for the summer, Crist said he is unsure as to which camps he will be able to attend due to his hectic passing league schedule. He did say, however, he has been contacted by the Elite 11 camp and hopes to make that one, as well as other camps if his schedule allows it.

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