QB Prest Is Serious Option

<b>Chad Prest</b> from Palm Desert didn't play during his junior year -- but has impressed many coaching staffs this spring and summer -- so much so that many are now seriously interested. He talks about his favorites, and has a #1 school on his list...

Still flying under the radar to a degree, quarterback Chad Prest (6-4, 200) from Palm Desert High School has had a busy summer, in hopes of getting some more recruiting attention.

Prest saw little playing time as a junior, thanks to Palm Desert switching to the option behind Utah-bound quarterback Jon Johnson. As a sophomore, Prest was 42-of-84 for 630 yards and 7 TDs.

"A lot of coaches will call and ask me how I did last year," Prest said. "Then they are shocked when I tell them I hardly played. So a lot want to see some more game film, which I understand. I'll just show them what I can do this year."

Prest has been training under the eye of Steve Clarkson and Air 7, and has seen his time under Clarkson be very beneficial to him. "He has taught me a lot about footwork, most importantly," Prest said. "With my height, I know I don't have to be a dual-threat quarterback, but I need to be able to move, and so we work on that a lot."

While he holds no offers, Prest lists his top five in order as UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Wisconsin and Arizona State. "I went to the 4-Day Camp at UCLA, and loved it. The campus was great, and the camp was awesome. I really enjoyed working with Coach Axman. Me and Brian Hildebrand (Corona QB), I think, stood out, and Coach Axman used us a lot in drills. He is a real good teacher."

Prest also was able to spend some time with Head Coach Karl Dorrell. "Even though I didn't have a lot of attention before, Coach Dorrell saw my tape, so he knew who I was when I got to camp, and watched me a lot. He is real cool and calm. He would rather teach more than excite. He is a very intelligent coach."

Prest understands the lack of offers and while at first he was disappointed, just uses it to motivate him more.

Prest said, "UCLA said they want to see some game film, not a highlight film. Other schools say that want to see me play more. But I understand. My mom just told me to have faith and behind every closed door is an open window, so I will just go out, have a good senior year, and hopefully some offers will come. But I am going to keep working hard."

Prest has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 930 on the SAT the first time he took it, but plans to take it a couple more times.


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