Hirschman Plays the Waiting Game

Los Gatos (Calif.) quarterback Nick Hirschman is keeping his options open as numerous schools plan to pay him a visit during the spring, and he's set to hit the camp and combine circuit...

Los Gatos (Calif.) quarterback Nick Hirschman (6-3.5, 220), is keeping dialogue going with several programs as he anxiously awaits his first offer.

"I've been talking to a lot of coaches, from UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and Oregon. I went to UCLA and Arizona State for their Junior Days," said Hirschman.

Hirschman said while the offers haven't come in, the conversation with the coaches have been encouraging.

"I have not been offered yet, but I've been invited to all the camps to go down and show what I can do," said Hirschman. "I've been invited to all the Pac-10 camps, so all I can do is go out there and do my best and hope it all works out."

Hirschman had a solid showing at the Los Angeles Nike Camp last weekend and also did well at the Badger/Scout 7on7 Passing Tournament in Las Vegas last month. And he'll be hitting more camps in the spring and summer.

"I'm going to the Elite 11 at Cal and then we start spring ball in late May so I'm hearing some coaches will be coming by too," said Hirschman.

Preferably, Hirschman would like to stay in the West if he's able to.

"I'd love to stay on the West Coast, the Pac-10 would be a dream, but I have no problem leaving the area. My sister went to Yale so I've seen the Ivies a lot and I went back to the Ivies to check them out. Really, I'm open to anything. I wouldn't be able to name a leader. I definitely want to take some time and some visits. If I took my visit to a school that offered and loved it, I'd probably commit but I'm not in a hurry," said Hirschman.

Hirschman said he's focusing on several key factors in choosing a school.

"Education is a real big thing for me, you have to have something to fall back on if football doesn't work out," said Hirschman. "Of course athletics is a big part, but education is a big thing. My family is very content with whatever I decide. If it's on the West Coast, they'll be happy for me, or if it's the East Coast, they'll be happy. So hopefully I'll get to make that decision."

He's hoping to continue to capitalize on a big junior year, where he helped lead Los Gatos to the CIF-CCS Medium Schools Division title. Hirschman is gearing up for a senior year in which Buffalo Bills' quarterback, and Los Gatos alum, Trent Edwards, school records are in within sight. Edwards has also been a mentor of sorts to Hirschman.

"Trent comes back a lot, so when I see him, I pick his brain about the NFL and about the game in general, and it's really nice to see that he still comes back," said Hirschman. "I'd like to try and break the school record for yards and completion percentage, which are held by Trent, but we want to win our league and repeat as CCS Champions and get Los Gatos into the state championship games.

Hirschman threw for 2,119 yards and 15 touchdowns on 114-of-192 passing and ran for four touchdowns.

Academically, he has a 3.6 GPA and took the ACT earlier this month.

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