Pritchard talks about camps

With an offer from Stanford in his back pocket, Lakewood (Wash.) Clover Park QB Tavita Pritchard hit the camp circuit this summer planning on earning even more scholarships. It didn't happen, but there's no way you can't consider Tavita's road trip anything but an unqualified success.

"It was fun," Tavita told about his Stanford camp experience. "I went there straight from the Elite 11. One of the guys that was down there went to the Stanford camp too, the big lefty from Florida who just committed (Jonathan Garner), so that was fun. It was a good experience, having all the coaches come up to you and expecting you. I performed really well there, so that was fun."

Pritchard then headed east, to South Bend, Indiana and Notre Dame's summer camp. "There wasn't much teaching there, but Coach (Bill) Diedrick was really complimentary afterward," Tavita said. "He (Diedrick) said that I wasn't on their list before, but I jumped right up by the top of their list. They just got someone to commit (Evan Sharpley), so that's not an option anymore. They said they were going to take one quarterback. But it was still a lot of fun, just being at Notre Dame. Even if I was never going to play there, just seeing the place was awesome."

Pritchard, who is a nephew of famed Washington State quarterback Jack Thompson, was also looking to Pullman as a possible college option until the Cougars picked up a verbal commitment from top west coast signal-caller Arkelon Hall.

"I think everything will turn out fine, but I think too that I should have probably started all of this a little earlier," Tavita said of the recruiting process. "I feel that if some of these coaches could just see me...they just see my height and weight and write me off, but if they saw me I think I could open their eyes."

So where will Tavita take his official visits to? "Obviously Stanford," he said. "My Dad (former WSU standout David Pritchard) and I will sit down and go through it. I'm not totally sure, but Hawaii will probably be one. I really like their offense and how they throw the ball. And I don't know what U-Dub's (Washington) situation is, so I'm sure I'll be in contact with them too. I don't know about Oregon. I'm not one-hundred percent sure where all my visits will be."

For right now, Tavita is content with lighting up the local passing leagues. "We just took third out of about 14 teams at Emerald Ridge, so that was good," he said.

But the recruiting process will always be in the back of his head. "I need to get my Stanford application done first," said Pritchard. "I need to get accepted from them before I can get officially offered. I'm hoping I can get it done by the 31st so that they can get back to me by the 10th of August. Other than that, I've done everything I can do as far as camps, so now I just need to get my team geared up, be a leader and get them ready for the season and a run at a state title."

Despite the Cardinal love, Tavita professes to still be a ways off from making a final decision.

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