JR QB Prospect Karsten Sween

He threw for 3,762 yards as a junior, and 6-2 <b>Karsten Sween</b> of Ridgecrest Burroughs looks to be among the best quarterbacks in the west for the class of 2005. He gives us a little early insight into his recruiting...

Another one of the top quarterbacks in California for the 2005 class will be Ridgecrest (Calif.) Burroughs' Karsten Sween, 6-2, 185. The state's leading junior passer in 2003 (and second overall), Sween is back with high hopes for the 2004 campaign.

"Last year I threw for 3,762 yards," said Sween. "This year, I think I can get to 4,000 for the season."

Sween also threw 40 touchdown passes, against just nine interceptions, in leading Burroughs to the CIF-Southern Section Division XIII finals.

The strong junior season has allowed Sween to get attention he never truly envisioned for a kid from a smaller area in Southern California.

"It's all pretty amazing. I just take it with a humble attitude, block out a lot of the attention," said Sween.

Sween has heard from UCLA, Oregon, Fresno State, USC, Oklahoma, Washington and Alabama, among others. He also has a pretty strong top three. "I like UCLA, USC and Oklahoma. I really like UCLA a lot right now. USC has a lot of quarterbacks already in their system, but at UCLA I'd have a chance to go there and play early. I took a recent trip to UCLA and USC, and really liked what I saw a lot."

Sween said that he wasn't discouraged by UCLA's poor offensive output last season. "I looked at UCLA's offense this past year, and they had trouble with the pass. They ran a lot, but I think it's about learning the system. Quarterbacks kind of know they'll have to redshirt to learn the position. It's not like a receiver or running back, you have to learn the whole offense. You pretty much need to spend two years to learn the system."

Recruiting Sween for UCLA has been new receivers coach Dino Babers.

Sween said he would like to take all his trips but if the right offer came along, he could commit early. "I would like to take all of my trips, but if I got an offer from UCLA or Oklahoma, it may be hard to wait. I may commit," said Sween. "I'd like to stay in-state, but if a good offer from out of state came, I'd have to look seriously at that."

Sween said recent events in college recruiting have sort of shaped his ideas of where to go. "I want to go to a school that has a clean environment. You see what happened at Colorado, and you just want to be in a good setting."

His plans for the summer are well-thought out and he expects to keep himself pretty busy. "I'm going to the Nike Combine at USC this weekend (yesterday), then the Nike Camp at USC, the Elite 11 Camps in Las Vegas (which are basically an audition for the Elite 11 Camp in Orange County), and the Jeff Trickey Quarterback Camp. Plus throw in all the passing leagues and tournaments we are in, it's a pretty busy summer."

One thing that helped Sween get exposure this season was having Parade All-American Anthony Celestine, who is Colorado State-bound, as his top receiver. "The CIF Finals, we scored with 17 seconds in to the game. Having a guy like Anthony makes you want to throw. He took it 80-yards just like that. I know with recruiting you have to be ready for people."

Sween has already gotten a head start on getting eligible for college. "I have a 3.2 GPA and a qualifying test score. I am almost already through the NCAA Clearinghouse (as a junior), and just need really one class next year."

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