Kasdorf Knows Who He Likes

Ryan Kasdorf, the 6-2, 205-pound quarterback, from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, who came out of nowhere to have a phenomenal junior season, now says there is one Pac-10 school he favors...


Ryan Kasdorf, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound three-star quarterback from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., finished his junior season with an incredible 3,300 yards passing for 38 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He completed 69-percent of his passes. Despite these amazing stats, Kasdorf is still waiting for his first scholarship offer.

"I'm not really surprised that I don't have any offers yet," Kasdorf said. "Last year was my first year as a starter and I think most teams just want to see me throw."

Kasdorf, ranked as the No. 24 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, played behind stud quarterback Dayne Crist, who is now at Notre Dame.

Indeed, the Irish are one of the programs on Kasdorf's favorites list. "Dayne loves Notre Dame," he said. "He's got a lot of great things to say about them. They said they are probably gonna take two quarterbacks this year, so we'll see.

"I like coach Charlie Weis and it seems like the program is making strides," he said. "I think they are on their way to being a great team again."

So does Kasdorf seek advice from Christ? "He says not to worry about the other quarterbacks and who has offers and stuff," Kasdorf said. "He told me to be patient and just focus on myself."

Kasdorf now favors UCLA slightly over Notre Dame, California, Florida State and Louisville.

"I love the UCLA campus and all the coaches seem to know what they are doing," he said. "I went to their practice and I was really impressed. They seem to be having fun and the team morale is great.

"I like how the coaches are pretty relaxed and try to teach you," Kasdorf said. "They don't really yell a lot."

Kasdorf also attended the Bruins Junior Day and plans on attending the UCLA camp on June 6. He'll also be at the Cal camp on June 7 and may be going to camps at Louisville and Florida State as well.

"I like how Cal is always a competitive program," he said. "I love California and it would be great to stay in-state. I don't really care about the distance or location but that's a plus.

"Cal also has very good coaches too," Kasdorf said. "They've produced some great players."

Another program whose player development has impressed Kasdorf is Louisville. "They have a lot of quarterbacks in the NFL," he said. "That's my ultimate goal and the quarterback coach there really knows what he's doing."

Growing up, Kasdorf says he followed Florida but the Gators are not recruiting him. "I liked their speed and how the defense played," he said. "But I'm not really thinking about them right now."

He is, however, thinking about the Gators' rival, Florida State. "I've always liked them a lot too," he said. "They have good history and tradition and that's important to me. They are another team that always seems to have great players coming out of there."

Besides tradition, what else is Kasdorf looking for in a program? "I'm looking for a place where I can succeed and fit in," he said. "I want to go where the people really want to be there and love to play football.

"I don't care about the depth chart," he said. "I feel like if a school offers me I'll be able to go and compete and see what happens."

So which school seems the closest to offering Kasdorf? "Well, UCLA, Notre Dame and Cal are all recruiting me really hard," he said. "They all send me lots of mail and have been by my school.

"I've talked with (UCLA) coach Rick Neuheisel and (defensive coordinator) Chuck Bullough and they said they really want to see me at their camp," he said. "They said the best way to get an offer is to go to their camp."

Kasdorf admits that he hopes offers will come soon because he'd like to commit before the season starts. "If the right offer comes along, I'll take it," he said. "But I won't rush it. I won't just commit before the season just to do it."

Is there an offer that Kasdorf would immediately accept? "Maybe," he said without naming the program. "I'm not sure."

Kasdorf says he can bench 240-pounds, squat 465 and has a 28-inch vertical jump.

"I'm very accurate and don't miss a lot of throws," he said. "I'm good in the pocket and can find the open wide receiver. I can make plays too and am pretty good at scrambling.

"I still want to improve my footwork though," he said. "I want to have a quicker release and find the open man faster."

Kasdorf reports a 3.6 core GPA and a 26 ACT and 1650 SAT.


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