Kessler Getting Back in Groove

After a long basketball season, Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler will make the rounds and get out to more camps and unofficial visits to different schools...

Central California's top offensive prospect in the class of 2011 is Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler, who's one of the premier quarterback prospects in the region.

Kessler boasts four offers, from all over the country, and more could show up now that he's done with basketball season.

"I'm at four right now, from Pittsburgh, Washington State, New Mexico State and Fresno State and I'm looking to make it five with Boise State," said Kessler. "I just talked a lot with Coach (Chris) Peterson and we talked a lot about if Boise is the right fit for me because I really like them and they really like me."

The Panthers are his favorite at the moment.

"Pittsburgh is my top school," said Kessler. "They offered a couple of weeks ago and then three days after that, Washington State offered, so things are picking up right now. Pittsburgh's coach Coach Cignetti is a big reason. I threw for him at a team camp at Cal (two years ago) and really liked working with him. We started talking and things sprung right up and they ended up offering."

Kessler said several more schools are showing interes.

"Other schools are Washington and Cal, UCLA and USC," said Kessler. "I just want to SC's Junior Day and it was really cool, I liked it a lot. UCLA said they have three top quarterbacks and I'm one of them and my dad has talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and he said he likes how I throw. Boise State is probably the closest to offering me next. When I talked with Coach Peterson, he wanted to have a feel of what I feel for Boise. I took an unofficial there during the season and I liked it a lot. I've also talked with Texas Tech and I'm talking a lot with Alabama and Coach Mac (Jim McElwain)."

In fact, later this month, Kessler will visit Alabama and Pittsburgh.

"I'm going down to Alabama on the 20th for an unofficial and then we'll fly over to Pittsburgh on the 24th," said Kessler.

Kessler said he anticipates more schools offering after the spring.

"Most coaches have contacted my head coach and said they want to watch me throw during the spring time when they really get out and can offer," said Kessler.

Kessler said he's just barely working his arm in to shape after a busy winter. He played basketball for Centennial and averaged 28 points a game, and had them on the brink of a CIF-Central Section title.

"With basketball, I haven't really thrown that much but I threw as much as I could," said Kessler. "This camp (the Bagder/New Level 7on7) was the first I really threw. So I'm working my arm back in shape."

Kessler, who was a First Team All-Combine pick by Scout.com after the U.S. Army Combine, has plenty of opportunities to camp this spring.

"I'm going to the Elite 11 in Berkeley and then the Stanford Nike Camp and the SC Rising Stars Camp and then all the school camps we can go to," said Kessler.


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