Chad Prest from Palm Desert might come the closest to embodying it for the class of 2004. Barely known by college coaches now, there are many indications that could change by this winter..."> Chad Prest from Palm Desert might come the closest to embodying it for the class of 2004. Barely known by college coaches now, there are many indications that could change by this winter...">

QB to Watch: Chad Prest

The word "sleeper" is probably over-used in recruiting, but quarterback prospect <b>Chad Prest</b> from Palm Desert might come the closest to embodying it for the class of 2004. Barely known by college coaches now, there are many indications that could change by this winter...

A sleeper in every sense of the word, quarterback Chad Prest (6-4, 200, Palm Desert High) is quietly making a name for himself, thanks to a good showing at different camps and combines this spring.

A quarterback with the arm strength and accuracy of Prest you would think would be getting some considerable recruiting attention. But Prest is still almost completely unknown and still very unproven. Prest hardly saw any playing time as a junior and only threw the ball for Palm Desert a handful of times since his high school utilized the option to take advantage of Utah-bound quarterback Jon Johnson. As a sophomore, though, Prest was 42-of-84 for 630 yards and 7 TDs in just six games.

Now, with Johnson gone, Prest will be back running the offense, instead of seeing the majority of his time as a punter, which he did last season. "I played quarterback a little last year, and threw 2 TDs, but I mainly only punted. I did averaged 38 yards on punts and had 15 inside the 20."

While his dearth of playing time has somewhat put him behind in the recruiting game, he has received a letter from Colorado already, while also showing interest in Wisconsin and Arizona, where his mom and dad went, respectively. He attended USC's one-day camp, looking to attract interest from the Trojans. He also is considering attending UCLA's 4-Day Camp and Colorado's team camp in June.

Prest has been working with quarterback guru Steve Clarkson of Air 7, and his experience with Clarkson has also helped get Prest's name out to college coaches.

There are many factors that point toward Prest potentially being a prospect who could break out this fall during his senior season. At the Nike Combine, Prest showed he was still a bit raw, but threw a nice, tight ball. He runs well, clocking a 4.78 at the Nike Camp and a 4.35 shuttle. He showed good foot agilility in the drills, which makes him very intriguing when it's combined with his arm strength, accuracy and size (measured at different times at 6-4 or 6-4.5 and 200 pounds). Then add to it that he's a good student, maintaining a 3.0 GPA and having scored a 930 on his SAT (and he plans to take it again to improve), and you've got the makings of a player who could potentially be a big target for many programs this winter.


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