QB target in Beaver State this week

THE NO. 10 RATED QUARTERBACK in the nation, he holds an offer from Oregon State -- and he's in the Beaver State today. California's Tate Forcier, whose two brothers are quarterbacks at UCLA (Chris) and Stanford (Jason), already holds 30 scholarship offers. The 6-1, 190-pounder is also planning to graduate early and enroll next year in time for spring ball.

Forcier, whose two brothers are quarterbacks at UCLA (Chris) and Stanford (Jason), had originally thought he too wanted to stay in the Golden State for his college ball but that looks to have changed.

"I am visiting Oregon (today)...and I'll try to hit Oregon State at the same time...Earlier, I was (thinking in-state)...but now that I've thought about it, I want to go experience something new. I want to be different and I'm looking forward to getting out of California," said Forcier.

Forcier figures to be one of the most sought QB recruits out West.

Forcier has 30 offers, says about 15-20 of those are recruiting hardest, and says he does not have anything approaching a top five.

"It's hard to eliminate any schools right now, and I have no negatives about any of the (offering) schools right now," said Forcier.

THE QB POSITION is generally the first to verbal in recruiting. Forcier has planned on making a decision at the end of spring but found himself too busy with school -- he's looking to graduate early in December -- to visit as many schools as he wanted to. The earliest a verbal commitment will come is likely in the summer.

"I'm just going to take in the process and take my time with it," said Forcier.

Between then and now, he plans on visiting schools conference by conference. He's been to Florida, Penn State and Michigan and holds high opinions of all three and the respective coaching staffs. Because he's home schooled, (he holds a 3.3 GPA but wants to bring it up to a 3.5) his travel flexibility is greater than most recruits.

ACADEMICS AND BEING comfortable with his position coach, offensive coordinator and the rest of the staff will be important but neither distance nor a particular style of offense will be much of a factor, said Forcier.

"Several coaches have told me, Oregon, Michigan, Penn State, Iowa, Iowa State, others, they've all told me I have a chance to come in and play right away," said Forcier.

Forcier passed for 2,387 yards and 21 touchdowns against six interceptions as a junior. He completed 164 of 213 attempts on the season. He also carried 66 times for for 733 yards (11.1 average) and six touchdowns. It is his mechanics that have made him a hot commodity.

"Every coach has mentioned my mechanics...Wisconsin, the Notre Dame coach, Florida, they've all told me they've never seen mechanics at this level that were that flawless. I had a 77 percent completion percentage this year and I know a lot of it was my mechanics. I have a very quick release and I have really fast feet. It takes a lot of work but it's worth it," said Forcier.

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