Kasdorf Throws Himself Into the Mix

Ryan Kasdorf, the 6-2, 205-pound quarterback, was unknown stepping into the starting spot at Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame as a junior before the season. After throwing for 3,300 yards and 36 touchdowns, he's now on every program's recruiting board...

When Ryan Kasdorf took over the reins of the Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame offense last fall, there were plenty of questions of how he would do, assuming the mantle from Dayne Crist, the five-star quarterback who went to Notre Dame.

By the time the season was done, Kasdorf (6-2, 205) ended up being a First Team All-State Underclass pick, setting numerous school records and catapulted himself into the conversation as one of California's top quarterback prospects.

And now, several schools are keeping in regular contact with Kasdorf.

"Recruiting has been good so far," said Kasdorf. "I've been getting a lot of interest from a lot of different schools. I don't have any offers yet but I'm hearing the most right now from UCLA, Notre Dame, Alabama and Arizona. Then schools like Georgia, Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio State, and Cal have been asking for more information and film."

Last Saturday, Kasdorf visited UCLA for a basketball game and had time to meet with the football coaching staff.

"It was fun there," said Kasdorf. "The game was really exciting and the campus was very nice. All the coaches were really cool and everything looked really nice. So it was a good visit."

Kasdorf also got to spend a little time with the brain trust of the UCLA offense. "I talked to Coach (Norm) Chow a little before the game and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel after the game," said Kasdorf. "They both seemed very interested in me and I'm going to call Coach Neuheisel and talk more with him this week."

Kasdorf has been invited to a handful of out-of-state Junior Days, so he's in the process of narrowing down where he wants to visit. Leaving California for college isn't an issue for him. "I'm open to anything, I just want to be at the best spot," said Kasdorf. "The location doesn't really matter that much. I'm open to everything at this point."

Kasdorf is hoping to have a decision made before Notre Dame begins their 2009 campaign but wouldn't pigeonhole himself to that timeline.

"I'd kind of like to get it out of the way, but if I didn't feel like there was the best opportunity available, I'd wait till the end of the year."

Kasdorf said even he was surprised by how successful his junior year turned out. "It was kind of a surprise to me," said Kasdorf. "I thought I would be able to manage a game well but the amount of success…I don't think anyone thought I would throw for as much as I did. It all worked out well. Everything just came together, with the team working well together. I'm excited for next year. We've got a lot of good juniors and sophomores coming back."

During the 2008 season, Kasdorf led the Knights to an unbeaten regular season, throwing for 3,290 yards and 36 touchdowns against only eight picks, completing 69% of his throws.

Academically, he's in great shape, carrying a 3.5 GPA and taking the ACT earlier this month, with the SAT scheduled for next month.


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