A True Sleeper Football Recruit

This is a kid who definitely lives up to the label of "sleeper." He's from a small town and a brand new high school. UCLA, though, has discovered him. And to make him even more interesting, he could potentially get recruited at four different positions for college, including quarterback and defensive end...

There are a few things about the 6-6, 250-lb. McKenna "Bear" Pascoe that make him unique in the college football recruiting experience.

For one, Pascoe legitimately is considered a prospect at four different positions – quarterback, tight end, linebacker and defensive end. When's the last time a player was considered both a quarterback and defensive end prospect?

Pascoe also comes from a brand new high school -- Porterville (Calif.) Granite Hills. The school is barely on the actual map yet, much less the recruiting map.

However, Pascoe does have one scholarship offer already, and there are also two Pac-10 schools who have been let in on the Pascoe secret.

"Fresno State has been recruiting me the most, and they have offered," Pascoe said. "I really like them. (Fresno State Head Coach) Pat Hill has done a real good job there, and he runs a good program."

In addition to the Bulldogs, Pascoe is also being recruited by UCLA and Washington. In fact, Pascoe spent time at UCLA's 4-Day Camp in June, working with the quarterbacks. He said, "It was a real fun camp. Coach (Gary) DeLoach, the Texan, he is the one who is recruiting me. I talked with him quite a bit at the camp, and I also got a chance to meet (Head) Coach (Karl) Dorrell. He is a real down-to-earth guy," said Pascoe.

Pascoe also attended camps at Fresno State and a day at USC's camp.

While he has the size and girth to play on the defensive line, Pascoe is being primarily recruited as a quarterback, even though he says UCLA is recruiting him as an athlete. "I would prefer to play quarterback. That's what Fresno State is looking at me as. But I guess I could also play tight end or outside linebacker if I get too big or can't cut it at QB," said Pascoe.

With Fresno State getting an head start and local angle on him, Pascoe is leaning towards the Bulldogs, but knows with some more exposure and a good season, some Pac-10 schools could be on him. "I didn't go to the (Nike) camps, just the team camps. Playing in a small town, sometimes there's a lack of coverage. Some coaches didn't even know about Granite Hills. Hopefully, more people will know," said Pascoe. "This whole recruiting thing is new to me, but I think I can get used to it."

Pascoe has a 3.17 GPA and scored an 890 on his SAT, though he plans to take it again for his own sake.


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