Brehaut Holds ND In High Regard

When freshman year rolled around, Richard Brehaut finally had the time to try and play football.

Good thing he did.

With college recruiters showing their faces on a regular basis, the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., product's college future is all but mapped out.

One lucky school will soon be Richard Brehaut's home away from home. The top-300 player holds offers from Colorada, Arizona State, Washington State, Boise State and San Diego State. A few other programs including Notre Dame are showing major interest.

Prior to high school, Brehaut dabbled in a little flag football, but a rigorous baseball schedule never allowed the catcher to take up the sport in full pads. But with a lot of his buddies heading to football practice the summer of ninth grade, Brehaut went along with them.

A quarterback was quickly born.

"I planned on playing quarterback in high school because of my arm," Brehaut said. "Once I got the fundamentals down, I got the hang of it."

Brehaut became the varsity starter as a sophomore. As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound signal caller put himself on the recruiting map.

In helping lead Los Osos High to an 8-3 record and a spot in the CIF playoffs, Brehaut threw for 2,348 yards and 22 touchdowns. He completed an impressive 65 percent of his passes, and also rushed for 528 yards and another five scores. He is also hearing from UCLA, Clemson, Oregon, Arizona and Nebraska.

"Colleges say they really like my accuracy and how I not only throw the ball well, but that I can run," Brehaut explained. "If nothing is there in the passing game, I can create some running lanes and they like my mobility."

Notre Dame began to rear its head a little over a month ago.

"I just talked to Coach P (Brian Polian), and he said he was going to be out on the sixth (of May) to watch me throw, and by the end of May, they'll have a decision on if they're going to offer or not," Brehaut said. He catches up with Polian about once every other week.

Brehaut would like to make a college decision by the end of summer. An offer from the Irish would guarantee a summer visit. It would be Brehaut's first time on campus.

"Notre Dame has always been a high priority for me because of the tradition there, and coach (Charlie) Weis and what he's done with the quarterbacks he's had," Brehaut said. "It's just an awesome place to play some ball.

"They have great academics, and that's real important to me." Brehaut has a 3.6 GPA, and scored a 1640 on his SAT. That's the most important thing for when I make my decision. With Notre Dame, that's there most prestigious thing. Being such a prestigious place academically, that's the one thing that stands out for me.

"And just Brady Quinn and the success they've had with him. They've had great quarterbacks they've sent to the next level."

Brehaut also added that he isn't intimidated by Notre Dame's depth chart at quarterback or any other program's for that matter. The Irish have brought in Jimmy Clausen and Dayne Crist, two five-star California quarterbacks in its last two recruiting classes.

"It's just going to be where the best fit is for me," Brehaut said. Coach P said coach Weis gives every quarterback the opportunity to come in and compete. If I don't win the job, with the quarterbacks they have in Dayne Crist and Jimmy Clausen, I could learn from them and see what they do."

Brehaut plans on visiting any school that has offered him. He has been to San Diego State, where baseball coach Tony Gwynn told him that he could also play baseball there if he wants. He has also been to UCLA a few times, and will be there again this weekend for their spring game. Brehaut has also tripped to Stanford and Cal.

This summer, he will camp at Boise State and Washington State, and has intentions to see Colorado as well.

"If I could play two sports in college, I'd love that if the university I choose allowed that," Brehaut said. "But if it comes down to football or baseball, it will probably be just football.

"My top three factors in picking a school will be the academic prestige and the football tradition, and Notre Dame has been the most successful school out there in those. And the coaching staff, and with what coach Weis has been able to do, that is impressive." Top Stories