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Fast Rising Cali QB Richard Kovalcheck

In what is looking like the deepest year for quarterbacks in recent memory on the West Coast, another name rising up the charts is Richard Kovalcheck, 6-2, 189 pounds from San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine. Several colleges have told us the strong armed signal caller is the top guy on their board and he's a definite Student Sports Elite 11 candidate.

Kovalcheck first caught our eye his sophomore year when he was named All-State Underclass after throwing for 2,565 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was having a monster junior season when he tore his ACL late in the year causing him to miss the CaliFlorida Bowl passing challenge as well as the recent Nike Camp in Los Angeles.

"I'm about 90% right now," Kovalcheck said. "I have most of my speed back but I still can't cut laterally as good as before but I know it will come. By the fall, I'll be 100%."

One thing Kovalcheck hasn't lost is his arm strength. He throws as good a ball as any quarterback on the West and college have taken notice. According to St. Augustine head coach Jerry Ralph, just about every school on the West has or will be offering and he's getting serious national attention as well.

"All of the Pac 10 except USC, UCLA and Stanford has offered and I know UCLA is real close," Ralph said. "San Diego State, Texas A&M, Michigan State, I can't even remeber them all. Notre Dame, Miami and Michigan have all been by the school this week and love his film. I know I'm biased but I can't imagine their being a better quarterback anywhere in the country."

As for favorites, Kovalcheck said he wants to take his time with the recruiting process and has no plans to commit early.

"I want to take all five of my trips for sure," Kovalcheck said. "I don't really have a leader but a few of the schools I like a lot right now are Colorado, Oregon, Washington, San Diego State, Arizona State and Arizona." Academically, Kovalcheck is carrying a 3.8 GPA and a 1220 SAT score.

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