2008 Intro: Jacob Charest

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- After leading Butler HS to the NCHSAA 4AA semifinals as a junior, Jacob Charest has landed several scholarship offers and is receiving interest from just about every ACC and SEC school.

"Jacob has got that size that college coaches want at quarterback," said Mike Newsome, Butler's head football coach. "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, a 6-foot-3 190-pounder, has already received offers from Louisville, N.C. State, and Vanderbilt. Several other schools have inquired about Charest, while North Carolina has dropped by Butler High School on more than one occasion since January.

"I talked to the quarterback coach [John Shoop], he visited the school probably two or three weeks ago," said Charest. "And then, I met the head coach, he visited maybe a month or two ago.

"They were just talking football stuff and then they heard that I wrestled, so we talked about that for a little bit. The quarterback coach told me that they wanted me to come up to camp."

In addition to taking UNC up on their invitation (which he attended last summer as well), Charest hopes to include stops to N.C. State, Virginia, and Wake Forest among his lengthy summer camping tour. "I'm going to try to go to as many as I can – one day camps," said Charest. "Just to see what everything's like at each school and to check out the competition."

In the meantime, Charest hopes to take as many unofficial visits as possible this spring. While no plans have been set, he is strongly considering trips to Auburn, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Heading into a span of roughly six months of campus travels, Charest has a soft list of favorites. "The top three [are] obviously just the ones that have offered me so far, because that's what I have to choose from right now," said Charest. "But then, I'd like to check out Virginia Tech more. And Auburn, I'd liked to see more from them. [Virginia Tech and Auburn] are just good programs. Virginia Tech, they're also a decent school."

Regardless, Charest is far from making a verbal commitment.

"I'm probably not going to make a decision until later in my senior year," said Charest. "I'm just going to see what comes for me. I want to base my decision on everything instead of making my decision early and maybe missing out on something."

While football is important, Charest is looking long term when considering schools.

"I definitely want a school with a good football program, but I want a school with a good education reputation," said Charest. "Like when I get a job, I want people to respect the school [I graduated from]."

A starter since his sophomore season, Charest threw for 2,485 yards and 20 touchdowns during his junior season earning second team All-Mecklenburg County honors.

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