One More Camp for Charest

Fresh off a stellar performance at the Elite Camp where he was arguably the top signal-caller in attendance, Matthews (NC) Butler standout Jacob Charest has at least one more camp remaining.

Fresh off a stellar performance at the Elite Camp where he was arguably the top signal-caller in attendance, Matthews (NC) Butler standout Jacob Charest has at least one more camp remaining.

"Next week I'm going to NC State for their camp," Charest told Pack Pride. "I believe the day I'm going is Tuesday. I don't know, I'm going to try and make it to a couple of other camps after that... maybe Boston College or Illinois. I might try and get to Virginia too if I can, but I know I will definitely be at NC State's camp."

Playing on a team stocked with division one prospects, Charest threw for an impressive 2,485 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior en route to all-county honors. The rising senior shows great command of the QB position and good arm strength but his best asset may be his ability to simply make plays.

Butler head coach Mike Newsome raves about his star quarterback.

"Jacob has got that size that college coaches want at quarterback," Newsome previously stated. "He's got a cannon for an arm, he makes good decisions in the pocket, he's quicker than most people think on his feet.

"But I think the biggest thing he brings is a competitive level that a lot of guys don't have being a state qualifying wrestler, which is not a usual mix for a quarterback. I think it brings out another competitive level that a lot of other quarterbacks don't have."

Charest has garnered scholarship offers from California, Louisville, Oregon, Illinois, Akron, and Iowa. The Hawkeyes recently extended a scholarship.

"I think Iowa has a great team," said Charest. "I'm really excited about their offer. I just got it, and I really like their program. It's really a good offer, but it is a ways away. But that is probably the least thing I'm concerned about right now."

Currently Charest has a solid top five, but he is hesitant to name a leader.

"It changes all the time, but as of right now I would say NC State, Iowa, Oregon, Illinois, and probably Boston College," said Charest. "I don't really have a favorite right now. I would say Iowa, Illinois and Oregon are right at the top because they have offered me. NC State would be great and Boston College... I would be happy with any of those colleges to be honest with you."

The quarterback position is a tough spot for colleges to fill, as they generally have to focus on a top target and secure a verbal. In the past couple of years, quarterback prospects have started verbaling earlier and earlier to secure a spot with the team they want to play for. Charest acknowledges that there is some pressure when it comes to recruiting because of this.

"I think that it does put a little bit of pressure on you because you want to get in to where you want to go and fill your spot, but then again I don't want to make a decision too early because then something else might come up that I really wanted. There is some pressure there to commit though when you can."

No quarterback has had the chance to verbal to NC State, as the Wolfpack coaching staff has yet to extend any scholarship offers. Offensive coordinator Dana Bible hopes to work out all the potential quarterback prospects at the upcoming camp, and then his staff will extend offers at that time.

"NC State hasn't offered anybody at quarterback," said Charest. "I think it is a good thing because it gives them a chance to see who they want for sure, and it gives the quarterbacks a chance to get up there and visit before another can commit.

"That was my problem with Cal and Louisville. I could never get out to visit them because I was still in school, and they had commitments from kids who could visit because they were closer than I was.

"There is some pressure with NC State's camp," Charest added. "It's like if you don't impress them then you are kind of out of luck. If you have a good camp, the chances are you might get an offer. If you have a bad camp, you may not get offered. Then again, I might be fine and they may already have their decision made."

Charest hopes to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

"I will try to make a decision mid-summer, before football season starts," he said. "It's kind of stressful sometimes because you hear somebody commits here or there and that opportunity is gone. I want to commit when I can, but I also want to make the best decision for me."

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