Kessler Winding Things Down

Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler, one of two in-state quarterbacks that UCLA has offered, has targeted this week for a decision and he talks about who's still alive for his services...

Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial quarterback Cody Kessler is ready to make his college decision known, and by the end of this week, Kessler's commitment should be made.

"I'm going to announce it probably Wednesday or Thursday," said Kessler. "I'm focusing mainly on USC, Washington, Pittsburgh and Boise State, and Alabama and UCLA are in it too, but are kind of a longshot."

Kessler and his coach will talk on Tuesday and he'll announce on a local news station, and end his recruitment.

"I've enjoyed the process, and getting to know the coaches and see all the campuses, but I'm ready to get it over with, and focus on summer ball and passing league," said Kessler.

Kessler was in Los Angeles this past weekend, visiting USC and UCLA unofficially.

"I went to USC on Friday and it went awesome," said Kessler. "It was great there. Some of the coaches were out on the recruiting trail but I still got to talk with Coach (Clay) Helton, Coach (Monte) Kiffin and Coach (Lane) Kiffin. We had a good time talking about a lot of things."

On Saturday, Kessler was in Westwood to visit UCLA.

"I'd been up there before for camps, but this was the first time I got to look at the campus," said Kessler. "Coach (Rick) Neuheisel was the only coach I talked with. I didn't talk with UCLA that much before they offered me."

Kessler said it's realistically, a two-horse race, with USC and Washington the focus.

"Those are the schools I'm talking about the most, but Pitt and Boise both are schools I really liked," said Kessler. "It's going to be kind of hard, especially because of Coach Cignetti (at Pitt), he was probably the closest coach to me in this process."

Kessler said he plans to camp at whichever school he commits to.

"I want to go and do that this summer and get an early start working with the coaches," said Kessler.

Kessler also plans to graduate early.

"I'm taking a summer school class so I can make sure I graduate early and be ready to go next spring," said Kessler.


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