Multi-Sport QB Coached By Ex-Cowboy Ventura

It's amazing sometimes in the world of recruiting how you come across prospects that have Oklahoma State connections. We found one in California in Arroyo Grande quarterback and all-around athlete Brent Vanderveen. Vanderveen is currently playing baseball for the Eagles and his baseball coach is former Major Leaguer and Oklahoma State great Robin Ventura.

The 6-5, 203 pound Vanderveen plays first base where he is hitting .345 and has helped lead Arroyo Grande to the playoffs after winning its conference.

"We're pretty good and we start the playoffs at home this Thursday," said Vanderveen. "Coach Ventura talks about his days at Oklahoma State and what a great place it is."

Vanderveen is a three-sport athlete that also plays basketball, but it is football that is his first love.

At quarterback last season he completed 103-of-198 passes for 1,402 yards with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also ran for 581 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Watch his tape on Scout as he is pretty amazing. You don't see too many 6-5 quarterbacks move like he does, and he throws a really compact, tight pass. On top of his individual ability, he led his team to the 2010 CIF North Division semifinals.

"I haven't heard from any Big 12 schools but I have scholarship offers from Arkansas and Arkansas State," said Vanderveen, who had no previous connection to Arkansas. His father attended community college and his mother started at Fresno State and finished at Cal Poly.

"I haven't been that into college football, but I am now and that is what I want to stick with. We haven't had many guys come out of here (Arroyo Grande) and play college football, maybe three. Jamie Martin and he went to the pros and then Mark Lewis played at Oregon and he is playing Arena League now."

Vanderveen will add to that list. He is a 4.0 student academically that would like to major in business or something related. He is an Oakland Raiders fan, but seems willing to look around. The looking lately has been from others at him.

"We've had some people come in and we have coaches coming to watch us throw in spring football this week," he said. "Northwestern was here last week and San Jose State is coming tomorrow. Oregon State is supposed to be coming too. This summer I am going to go to some camps like California, maybe USC, and Oregon State, Fresno State."

One thing is for certain, Vanderveen has got some impressive tools. It will be interesting to see how much attention picks up for him in the next several weeks and into the summer.

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