JC QB Koral Answers the Questions

The quarterback from Santa Monica College, <b>David Koral</b>, fills us in on what's happening with his recruitment. Has he been offered? Will he take an official visit? Will he commit during the JC signing period, which begins on Wednesday?

David Koral, 6-2, 210, Santa Monica (Calif.) College, confirmed that UCLA has recently been getting involved in recruiting him.

"It hasn't been that long that UCLA started talking to me," Koral said. "I've also talked to UNLV and Hawaii, along with Southeast Missouri."

Southeast Missouri, according to Koral, is the one school that's offered him a scholarship.

But Koral is pretty optimistic that UCLA could offer him, since he's going to visit Westwood officially. "I'm taking an official visit to UCLA next weekend (Dec. 19th)," he said. "They haven't said they would offer me, not really. But if they did, I'd probably commit. How could you resist, you know?"

Koral has an interesting football history. He graduated from Palisades High in 2000, where he was a record-setting quarterback. Koral threw for close to 9,000 yards combined in his junior and senior seasons, and still holds the national record for the most passing yards in a single game, 764.

He then accepted a football scholarship to play at Vanderbilt. "But that was really a mess," he said. "The coach lost his job and it was a bad situation."

He then tried to walk on at Florida State, which didn't work out, and then returned to Southern California and enrolled at Santa Monica College. Looking like he was finally on track – any track – he was then injured in his first game of his first year at Santa Monica and didn't play his entire first season.

This year, officially his sophomore year at Santa Monica, he threw for 2,400 yards and 25 touchdowns.

"It's been a long road," Koral said. "But I think I'm on the right path now."

Koral, also, said he's changed physically since high school. "In high school I was probably 6-0 to 6-1. I'm now 6-2 to 6-3. I used to weigh about 220 pounds and was out of shape. I'm now about 210."

Koral said he's a drastically improved quarterback because of it. "I'm a lot quicker," he said. "And my arm strength has improved."

So, now, when UCLA recently called him, he was pretty ecstatic. It was actually reported that UCLA had offered Koral in an in-home visit last week, but Koral explains the situation. "Coach (Steve) Axman came to my house. And then I went on campus to talk to some of their admissions people."

Koral said that he had good grades and a very solid SAT out of high school, obviously good enough to get him into Vanderbilt. But while at Vanderbilt, with the football situation in disarray, his academics suffered a bit, since he was planning on leaving. "But I've done really well while at Santa Monica," he said.

Koral said he intends to commit during the JC signing period, which begins this Wednesday, December 17th, and goes through January 15th. "I would like to get it over with," Koral said. "But if it takes longer, it will have to. It depends on who offers."

Koral, besides planning to visit UCLA this weekend, also has plans to visit Hawaii in a few weeks. But he'd prefer it ended before that. "UCLA is where I'd like to be, my favorite. They'll have to look at my paperwork and then decide from there."

Koral has only two years to play two, but believes he could possibly be granted another year of eligibility because of the season-ending injury he suffered in his first year at Santa Monica.


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