Kovalcheck Getting Checked Out

The quarterback from San Diego, Richard Kovalcheck, is getting checked out by a very impressive, steady stream of colleges during the evaluation period, and getting offers...

Richard Kovalcheck, 6-3, 205, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine, hasn't been getting much hype, but he's getting a huge amount of recruiting attention.

It's particularly impressive since he missed a great deal of his junior year with a serious knee injury. So, it's obvious just how good Kovalcheck is.

In seven games, he threw for around 2000 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has great size, has a big arm, and moves really well.

He tore both his ACL and MCL last season, but he says he's almost fully recovered. "I'm working out fully now," he said. "It doesn't really affect me that much. I can do everything I did before. It's just afterward it gets sore and I have to ice it."

Many college coaches have gone by St. Augustine, and wanted to check out his condition before they offered Kovalcheck a scholarship. Many colleges – including UCLA – have offered, so it would appear that the knee is getting the seal of approval.

Kovalcheck said he's been offered, by UCLA, Colorado, Arizona, ASU, Oregon State, Michigan State, San Diego State, Boston College and Kansas so far. "I think there might be a couple more but I just can't remember off the top of my head right now."

UCLA assistant coach Marc Dove came by the school Wednesday, and offered Kovalcheck. He said he also received a formal offer in the mail from Head Coach Bob Toledo. Many schools are still coming by. "USC and Michigan came by today (Thursday)," he said.

Kovalcheck, though, said he wouldn't be able to nail down even a moderate list of his favorite schools at this point. "I couldn't really narrow it down. I'm really wide open, and just listening to what everyone has to say."

The big-armed quarterback prospect said there are other schools that haven't offered him yet that are recruiting him and that would be on any potential list with the schools that have offered. "Stanford, Notre Dame, USC and Miami," he said. While his parents don't have a preference, he said they've mentioned Stanford and Notre Dame before.

He also said, when it came to factors in his decision, staying close to home isn't really a big consideration, but there are other things that are. "I'm looking for a good coaching staff, a coaching staff that's stable and not leaving anytime soon. I'm looking for the right situation for me, where I fit best. You know, the offense they run, and how I get along with the coaches."

But Kovalcheck doesn't sound like he's in any hurry to make a decision. "I want to wait, and take the trips. I want to get a chance to see the different areas. I really want to check out what football's like in other places. Like, I wouldn't mind going to visit Miami or LSU, and then some west coast schools."

He said he has a 3.7 GPA and scored a 1220 on his SAT.


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