Crissman Could be QB Target

Nick Crissman, the 6-4, 196-pound quarterback prospect from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison, threw for over 3,000 yards as a junior, and is a very good student. He came to UCLA's Junior Day last month, and he told us about the schools currently showing him interest...

With Landry Jones, the lone quarterback UCLA has offered, narrowing his schools down to Oklahoma and Colorado, the Bruin staff will likely be turning their attention back to the signal-callers in SoCal.

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison quarterback Nick Crissman (6-4, 196), who attended UCLA's Junior Day last month, could be one of the prospects they target, and Crissman said that the Bruins have been in contact with him, along with a host of other schools.

"I'm hearing from Cal, Michigan State, UCLA, Oregon and Colorado," said Crissman. "I'd like to hear more from Stanford and USC."

While Crissman doesn't have a scholarship offer from any school yet, he has an idea when he could begin to see one. "I think after the coaches see me during the evaluation period, I'll have a better idea where I stand," said Crissman. One of a handful of quarterbacks the Bruin staff brought in for Junior Day, Crissman said he enjoyed his time. He said, "It was awesome. I liked the campus and all the coaches were really nice. I got to meet Coach (Jay) Norvell and he was a really cool guy. It seemed like he fit in at the school really well even though he had only been there a couple of days. It seemed like he had been there for a while."

Next up for Crissman is a visit to California for their Junior Day and the Bears have made a good impression on him. "Cal has probably been talking to me the most and I think they may be the closest to offering me," said Crissman.

Oregon and Colorado have also invited Crissman to Junior Days but he said he likely wouldn't be making them.

Crissman will return to the Bay Area in May for the Stanford Nike Camp and the Elite 11 QB tryouts in Berkeley the day before. He's already been keeping himself busy in March with the Air 7 QB Camp in San Marino.

"I felt I did really good up there and held my own," said Crissman. "There was some good competition but I felt I performed well."

Crissman is also working out with renowned quarterback coach Bob Johnson. "Working out there and at Air 7, I think they'll help a lot," said Crissman. "It will really help my form."

Crissman said he didn't have any immediate plans to make a commitment once the offers come in but he did indicate that he'd like to have one made by the time Edison kicks off the 2007 season. "I'd like to do it before the season starts so it is one less thing to worry about," said Crissman. "I don't want to decide too soon though, I want to see what other schools are doing. If I had to choose, I'd definitely want to stay as close as possible."

Last season for the Chargers, Crissman threw for 3,094 yards and 27 touchdowns (232-for-368), leading Edison to an 11-3 record and the CIF Pac-5 Finals, where they lost to Orange Lutheran.

Academically, Crissman has a 3.87 GPA and will take the ACT on April 14.

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